Inaugural recipient of  COCA Research PhD Scholarship, Dr Katie de Luca, awarded PhD degree.

Dr Katie de Luca, who was the first recipient of a PhD scholarship from the COCA Research Fund in the inaugural round of grants in 2011 has announced that she has been officially admitted to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the School or Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine at the University of Newcastle.

In announcing her achievement Dr de Luca acknowledged and thanked her supervisors Prof Lynne Parkinson, Dr Fiona Blyth, Prof Julie Byles and Dr Henry Pollard and her co-authors Dr Thomas Lo, Dr Aron Downie and Prof Scott Haldeman and the many colleagues that assisted her including Chiropractic Australia President Prof Rod Bonello, COCA Executive member Associate Professor Peter Tuchin, fellow COCA PhD scholarship recipient Dr Matthew Fernandez and Dr Michael Swain.

Preliminary research from Dr de Luca’s project: A cross sectional analysis of older women with arthritis: investigating pain mechanisms was recently published in the prestigious Pain Medicine journal.

The Executive of COCA and COCA Research Ltd are delighted to congratulate Dr de Luca on her achievement and wish her every future success.


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Important Information About Changes To COCA

With the launch of Chiropractic Australia there will be a number of changes to COCA which will impact on members.

Most importantly, COCA will continue, however its role, as it was originally intended, will now be confined to providing high quality education and research services.

Existing COCA members will automatically become a member of Chiropractic Australia, retaining all existing benefits including their insurance contract with Aon Risk Services.  There is no need to complete an Application Form for Chiropractic Australia.

If you elect not to become a member of Chiropractic Australia you can still remain a member of COCA (with all existing benefits) until such time as your current membership expires.  You will then have the option of either joining Chiropractic Australia or continuing with COCA on a new limited CPD membership (see details on the membership page).

If you want to find out more about Chiropractic Australia visit their website at: www,

The COCA Executive endorses the initiative to establish Chiropractic Australia and urges all members to support it with their membership.

It should also be noted that COCA will also continue to work successfully with Osteopathy Australia and discussions are currently taking place with that peak body on how COCA can best serve the osteopathic profession.