The chiropractor who went viral in a video where he can be seen manipulating the spine of a four-day-old baby has been temporarily banned from treating children.
Dr Ian Rossborough from Parkdale in Melbourne may face tougher penalties reports The Herald Sun with the Chiropractic Board of Australia expected to hold a hearing into his conduct.
Health Minister Jill Hennessy called for more regulations for chiropractors performing “unproven and potentially unsafe” procedures on infants.
Dr Rossborough’s Parkdale clinic told the Herald Sun on Monday the chiropractor was not expected to be working at the practice in the coming weeks, and he did not return calls for comment.
The Herald Sun reports that Dr Rossborough’s medical registration says he is prevented from assessing, performing, formulating a management plan or providing any manual therapy including manipulation of the spine to anyone under 18.
Australian Medical Association Victoria president Dr Lorraine Baker said some chiropractors are claim that they can treat colic, bed wetting, ADHD, autism and allergies, without any evidence to support the treatments.
“The AMA is deeply concerned by health practitioners who claim to be able to treat or cure illnesses and conditions which are outside their area of expertise, training, registration and scope of practice,” she said.
“Children need greater protection from these dubious and potentially dangerous practices and health practitioners who make these unproven claims must be held accountable by AHPRA.”
The video has since been made private.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald last month, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners told its members to not refer patients to chiropractors and is calling for the federal government and private health insurers to stop paying them for questionable treatments.
In a video posted on Youtube in response to all the backlash Dr Rossborough said checking and adjusting a baby’s spine was “gentle” and did not involve any “cracking”. “It is not a crack!” See below.
I think a ban has gone a bit far! I have always found chiropractors to be very gentle with children.
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