Associate Professor Bruce Walker awarded Order of Australia (AM)

In the 2016 Australia Day honours, Associate Professor Bruce Walker was awarded General Membership in the Order of Australia. Bruce was instrumental in the establishment of COCA in 1990 and is a Life member.

Bruce is currently Head of Chiropractic and Associate Dean of Research for the School of Health Professions at Murdoch University where he has inspired staff and students to embrace an evidence based approach to learning, teaching and practice.

He is also  the Editor-in-Chief of the international peer reviewed open access journal Chiropractic & Manual Therapies and is Chair of the Editors Advisory Group for the publisher BioMed Central a division of Springer Nature. Bruce spent 7 years on State Chiropractic Registration Boards in the past and he was recently made a Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractors in the United Kingdom.

The COCA Executive congratulates Bruce on this award which recognises his contribution to the Chiropractic profession.


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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.