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Doctors urge Australian university to rethink plans for chiropractic course

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d8107 (Published 14 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8107
  1. Melissa Sweet
  1. 1Sydney

More than 30 doctors, scientists, and academics have signed an open letter to an Australian university to protest against its plan to introduce courses in chiropractic.

They say that the courses, due to start next year at Central Queensland University in Mackay, are part of a wider trend of universities offering “non-evidence based ‘pseudo’ disciplines.”

The letter urges the university to reconsider plans for the course and says that its distribution aims to “catalyse discussion among academics and learned colleges about the need for our universities to remain champions of rigorous academic standards.”

The letter’s authors say that their concerns are not limited to Central Queensland University or chiropractic studies but “extend to all tertiary institutions …

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