Disciplinary Action against Chiropractor Ian Rossborough

Stephen Barrett, M.D.


The Chiropractic Board of Australia has obtained an undertaking from chiropractor Ian Rossborough that limits his ability to treat children under the age of 18. The action was triggered by a complaint from Victoria's Health Minister Jill Hennessy who said she was "visibly shaken" while watching a video in which Rossborough popped the spine of a four-day-old premature infant to treat colic. [Australian Associated Press. Video of chiropractor cracking baby's spine 'extremely distressing'. The Guardian, May 5, 2016] The conditions include: (a) no assessment or treatment of children under the age of 2, (b) no spinal manipulation of patients between the ages of 2 and 6, (c) any treatment of children between the ages of 2 and 18 must be closely supervised by another chiropractor approved by the Board, and (d) audits of his charts and practices every three months.


Health Practitioner: Dr Ian John Rossborough

Personal Details  
Sex Male
Languages (in addition to English):  
Qualifications:
  • Nursing
  • Chiropractic
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Clinical Science) / Bachelor of Chiropractic Science
Principal Place of Practice  
Suburb: PARKDALE
State: VIC
Postcode: 3195
Country: Australia
Registration Details  
Profession: Chiropractor
Registration number: CHI0001019919
Date of first Registration: 12/12/1996
Registration status: Registered
Registration expiry date: 30/11/2016

Conditions:

  1. The practitioner must not undertake any chiropractic treatment of patients under age of 2 years and must meet the Chiropractic Board of Australia's (the Board's) specific requirements in relation to this condition.
    For the purposes of this condition chiropractic treatment of patients under the age of 2 years also includes assessment, undertaking a diagnosis/clinical impression, formulating and implementing a management plan, monitoring or reviewing care and facilitating coordination or continuity of care.
  2. The practitioner must not undertake any spinal manipulative therapy of the spine on patients between the age of 2 years and over and up to the age of 6 years.
  3. In the event that the practitioner undertakes chiropractic treatment of patients between the ages 2 years and over and up to the age of 18 years, the practitioner must comply with the supervision conditions as set out below.
  4. The practitioner must be supervised by another registered chiropractor in relation to chiropractic treatment and must meet the Board's specific requirements in relation to this:
    For the purposes of this condition, 'supervision' is defined as a professional relationship in which a skilled registered chiropractor (the supervisor) reviews the practitioner's (the supervisee's) files relating to the treatment of patients between the ages of 2 and over and up to the age of 18 years, as chosen by the supervisor.
    The supervisor and supervisee will discuss the supervisee's diagnosis of these patients, selection of treatments and techniques applied to these patients, alternate treatment options, and provision of informed consent to these patients and/or their legal guardians.
  5. The supervision should comprise a minimum of weekly sessions with each session being of a minimum of two hours duration.
  6. The supervisor will be approved by the Board.
  7. In the event that an approved supervisor is no longer willing or able to provide the supervision required the practitioner must cease providing care to patients between the ages of 2 and over and up to the age of 18 years immediately and may not resume treating patients between the ages of 2 and over and up to the age of 18 years until a new supervisor has been appointed and approved by the Board.
  8. Within 7 days of the notice of the imposition of these conditions, the practitioner is to provide written acknowledgement that AHPRA may obtain information and/or reports from the supervisor for the purposes of monitoring compliance with this condition.
  9. Within fourteen days of the notice of the imposition of these conditions, the practitioner is to provide to AHPRA, on the form provided, the details of any and all places of practice, together with, where relevant, confirmation from the Senior Practice Manager/Senior Partner/proprietor/owner (the senior person) at each and every place of practice that they have sighted a copy of these conditions.
  10. With each and every subsequent place of practice the practitioner must, within seven days of the commencement of practice, provide to AHPRA the details of the subsequent place of practice together with written confirmation, where relevant, from the senior person at each and every subsequent place of practice that they have sighted a copy of these conditions.
  11. With each and every subsequent alteration to these conditions the practitioner must, within seven days of the notice of alteration of these conditions, provide to AHPRA, written confirmation from the senior person, where relevant, at each and every place of practice that they have sighted a copy of the altered conditions.
  12. Unless expressly provided for within a condition, all costs associated with compliance with these conditions are at the practitioner's own expense.
  13. The practitioner must submit to an audit of his patient records (the audit), including any supporting records, within 7 days of the notice of the imposition of these conditions and thereafter on a 3 monthly basis, by permitting an auditor (the auditor) approved by the Board to attend any and all places of practice (public and private) for the purpose of the audit and permitting the auditor to provide a report in relation to the findings of the audit. The audit and the audit report are to focus on the practitioner's compliance with the condition not to undertake any chiropractic treatment of babies and children up to the age of 2 years and not to undertake any spinal manipulative therapy on patients between ages of 2 and 6 years. The practitioner must meet the Board's specific requirements in relation to this.
  14. Within 7 days of the notice of the imposition of this condition, the practitioner must:
    a. Make contact with a Board approved auditor and establish a written audit plan (the audit plan) outlining the form the audits will take and how the areas of concern for the Board will be addressed. The audits will take the form determined by the auditor.
    b. Provide to AHPRA a copy of the audit plan, together with written confirmation from the approved auditor that they have read these conditions and agree to undertake the audits as outlined in the audit plan.
  15. Within fourteen days of the notice of the imposition of these conditions, the practitioner is to provide written acknowledgement to AHPRA that AHPRA will seek reports from the auditor. These reports will be provided to the Board and will be obtained after each and every audit.
  16. The costs of the audit(s) and subsequent report(s) are the responsibility of the practitioner.

This article was posted on June 12, 2016.

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