Chiropractor contributes to World Health Organisation publication on Spinal Cord Injury

I was very impressed to hear that McTimoney chiropractor and AECC student Richard Nicol had contributed to the World Health Organisation’s recent publication, International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injury.

International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injury

If you’d like to know more about his involvement please see an interview with Richard by Terri Hignett (AECC) below. Well done Richard!

How did you get involved this project?
I applied to the World Health Organisation (WHO) to do an internship. Anyone involved in a healthcare course can apply, but as I wasn’t a student at the time, I couldn’t do that. Instead they offered me a consultancy and so I applied to the Disability and Rehabilitation team there and got in.  It just so happened that they were working on a publication entitled International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injury (IPSCI) at the time and that’s the project that I became involved with. The work was primarily reviewing all the available literature in the chosen area, and then summarising that for best practice and making recommendations based on the available research out there. IPSCI was a collaboration, with the International Spinal Cord Society, WHO and The Paraplegic Society being some of the major contributors.

When did it start?
It started a number of years before I became involved. I finished working on my sections at the end of 2010, and then it took over two years to come to publication after that. It’s a very long stringent editing process, once you have the final draft it then needs to be re-edited and refined and then it goes to legal to have it all checked and formatted correctly.

And what were the three chapters you were involved in?
A Global Picture of Spinal Cord Injury, The Prevention of Spinal Cord Injuries, Attitudes, Relationships and Adjustment and then specifically one of the areas on spinal cord injury related to diving accidents into shallow water.

Could our students do this as part of an internship?
An internship would give students exposure to how WHO runs, what public healthcare involves at local levels or government levels, and decision making policies. You are also able to contribute to their more general documents. As an intern you have exposure to what it really means to work in health care at that sort of level.

Who is the publication aimed at?
It’s really aimed at policy makers at a government level. However for me, the important thing for the chiropractic profession is that WHO aren’t fully aware of our profession and what we do; they can’t include us into things without this knowledge. Therefore getting chiropractors into the organisation and giving other healthcare professionals exposure to what we do, demonstrating that we can work at their level in a multi-disciplinary health care environment will help. Doing this will enable us become involved in the future as opposed to just being unknown. I feel it is important for our exposure to be able to demonstrate that we have the education and training to work at this level.

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