Chiropractic Board Review

Do you want to Practise Chiropractic in Australia?

The Australian Chiropractic Review (ACR) provides the service, tools and strategies necessary for foreign-trained chiropractors to pass the national board examination implemented by the Council of Chiropractic Examiners of Australasia (CCEA).

The ACR also offers information and tutorials for 4th & 5th year chiropractic students and new graduates, who want to strengthen, enhance, and integrate their academic and clinical performances. Please contact us if our services may be of value for you.

About the Board Review

The Australian Chiropractic Review was founded by Dr Jeff Hannah, who immigrated to Australia and completed his CCEA examination in 2007.

At that time but unlike the United States where review seminars are offered to pass the National Board Part I-IV assessments, there was no board review in Australia. After passing his exam, Dr Hannah was asked to share his experience for chiropractors and students, who also wanted to practise in Australia. Over the next three years, he coached a number of CCEA applicants from the USA, UK, Canada, Brazil and Fiji … all of whom passed.

In mid-2009 as a supervisor with the Macquarie University chiropractic clinics, he completed an unpublished series of notes, which he made available for the students. The notes outlined many of the academic tools, tips and strategies that he used as a student for his own NBCE and CCEA exams, and also that he continued to use as clinical practitioner.

In 2009 and 2010, Dr Hannah was requested to host open and private tutorials on an array of chiropractic topics: diagnosis, radiology, philosophy, technique, examination strategies and clinical methods. It was from these events that the concept for the Australian Chiropractic Review was born.

Board Review Pricing

Pricing for CCEA Chiropractic Board Review

Online Package – $660 AUD incl GST

Online study support & CCEA assistance

Includes study materials & notes

  • Access to all audio materials (approx 8 hours)
  • All fees are quoted in Australian Dollars & incl GST.

Personal Tutoring – Available on Demand

I am available for one-on-one sessions. Costs would reflect the following:

  • Review in Brisbane or elsewhere (ie, travel & accommodation)
  • Length of request (ie, how many days I am away from my own office)
  • Number of people attending the review, etc.

Pricing for Student “Seminars”

Group Sessions – Available on Demand

I am available for group sessions (minimum 3 people, 2 days). Costs would reflect the following:

  • Number of people attending the sessions (ie, the more people the lower the cost)
  • Travel & accommodation
  • Venue Hire (if required)
  • Length of request OR day of the week (ie, how many days I am away from my own office), etc.

Information for CCEA Candidates

Q: What services does the Australian Chiropractic Review provide for CCEA candidates?

A: I am able to offer the following services: answers to FAQs about the paperwork and procedures required to sit for the CCEA examination; strategies and tools to pass each of the 8 sections of the CCEA exam (Part 2 & 3 … includes Viva); and written + audio materials to enhance and focus studying efforts.

Q: Is the ACR associated with the CCEA?

A: No.

Q: Is the CCEA exam similar to the NBCE exam?

A: Yes and no. The examination content is very similar, but the format is not. The NBCE exams are mostly multiple choice with some practical elements in Part IV. The CCEA exam is predominantly short essay, short answer, and practicum with only some multiple choice. In our opinion, the Australian exam is the more challenging exam. However, it is the better exam to test your competency, knowledge and skill as a doctor.

Q: Does the ACR have old tests and old test questions?

A: Absolutely not (!).The ACR material is based on the type of questions and content that have been asked before, but only to the degree that it is the type of stuff that you simply have to know (and so there is always a question about it on the exam). A few examples including differential diagnoses (DDx) for low back pain, chest pain, etc; knowing the type of anatomy that shows up on oblique x-rays (neck and low back); etc.

Q: When and where is the CCEA exam offered?

A: The examination is held 4x per year: 2x by Macquarie University in Sydney, New South Wales (February & July); and 2x by Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia (May & November).

Q: How is the Australian Chiropractic Review offered?

A: Considering that Australia is so far away from so many people who will be taking the boards, the ACR materials are offered in a written format with accompanying audio files (~8 hours) that explain some of the intricacies of the notes and test-taking strategies. Yes, I am available for one-on-one tutorials as well. Considering that I live in Brisbane (Queensland) and operate a private practice, it can sometimes be difficult to find time away from the office. That said, with enough notice and planning, I am still able to do private review sessions at any other location in Australia at any other time of the year.

Q: Is the ACR similar to the NBCE reviews in the USA?

A: Yes and no. Hundreds, if not thousands of applicants sit for the NBCE exams every year. Only a few dozen applicants may sit for the CCEA exams. Many of the ACR study strategies have been adapted from the same study materials, tools and strategies employed by the board reviews in the USA. However, we do not require the mega-orchestration, lecture space, and 20-hour weekend sessions as they do.

Q: In general, how does the Australian Chiropractic Review work?

A: To keep costs to an absolute minimum (it is expensive enough travelling to take the exam!), I provide the study materials in advance via email or post. You will not need our assistance to study the books, but I am available in case questions do arise.

Q: How many hours do I need to study?

A: It varies. Recent graduates usually need little time studying books but lots of time reviewing clinical procedures: and visa versa. I will offer my best recommendation based on your circumstances. As a general guide, I do recommend that you are completely finished with all your studying one week prior to the exam … and then review, refine and sharpen your game plan in that final week.

Q: What are the odds that a review will help me?

A: I have worked with over two-dozen people taking the CCEA exam. As of 2017, the success rate of the people the ACR has helped is as follows:

70% (28/40) have passed every section on their first shot (!);
25% (9/40) did not pass every section, but only had to re-sit 1 or 2 parts of the exam and successfully passed on their second shot; and
5% (2/40) did not pass the exam.
That would make it an overall 92% success rate (Aug 2016).

Q: Can the ACR guarantee that I will pass the CCEA exam?

A: In short, no. I can help you to prepare, but the ultimate responsibility to succeed still lies with you. That said, I will help you to the best of my knowledge and expertise with the materials, tools and strategies that have proven successful in helping other candidates to succeed.

Information for Chiropractic Students

As a student and new graduate, it was my experience that I had learned a few things and acquired a few skills. Unfortunately, I didn’t know how to integrate or apply it! I had a number of teachers and mentors, who showed me tips and tricks to assemble those pieces. It was still work, but everything started to come … In appreciation of my own teachers, my focus is to offer the same for others: i.e., to pay forward the knowledge and skills that have helped me.

Q: What services do we offer for Australian-trained 4th & 5th year chiropractic students and new graduates?

A: I am happy to offer the following services: private whole-day “tutorial” sessions (1-10 people upon request); and written materials to enhance and focus studying efforts.

Q: Is the ACR associated with any teaching institution in Australia, technique or other seminar series?

A: No.

Q: Why do you do This?

A: I believe it is important to offer my knowledge and experience in order to help you to become the chiropractor that you want to be. My purpose is to challenge you to think beyond the customary limits. As the adage goes, “The average person is average.” … Be more! Nothing we say, teach or do is gospel. Like you, I am a student–always seeking to improve our chiropractic knowledge, methods and skills.

Q: In general, how does this work for chiropractic students?

A: My home and office are based from northern Brisbane, Queensland (yes, I know that the chiropractic universities are in Sydney and Perth). In order to keep costs to an absolute minimum, I will travel to you at a date, time and location based on your preferences. My sessions are not high-tech, so I can work from a medium-sized classroom (6-10 people) or event an apartment (1-5 people). My experience is that larger groups necessitate larger venues (and costs), whereas smaller groups of 3-10 people work very well from the comfort of a living room.

Q: What types of material does the ACR cover in its sessions?

A: Anything goes, and no subject is forbidden. I will customise our sessions to cover the material that you want. Some of the topics that I have covered for previous lectures are as follow:

A Finely-Tuned Machine – A systematic approach to new patient history taking & examination
It’s All Greek to Me – Patient rapport strategies and language S & M Orthopaedics & neurological examinations (made easy)
It Does a Body Good – Physical examinations (made easy)
Viva la Muerte – Overview & strategies for final clinic examinations
A Million to One – How to narrow differential diagnosis lists (plus clinical pearls)
Just Shoot Me – X-ray positioning & settings for the spine & extremities
Smokin’ in the Dark Room – Radiology & common differential diagnoses (arthritis, cancer, etc.)
Voodoo Science – A no-holds barred discussion of philosophy
Dead is the New Alive – A clinical review of neuromuscular anatomy
The Keystone – The sacrum and lower back conditions
Hitting Below the Belt – Lower extremity adjusting
Up Yours – Upper extremity adjusting
Is Your Head on Straight? – Upper cervical spine adjusting and considerations
Face Palm – Spinal adjusting tips (that I wish I knew five years ago!
… plus other topics/tangents of interest. Just ask and we will see if we are able to help.

Q: Is the material different from the things that we learn at university?

A: Yes and no. The core material is almost identical: it is the arrangement and presentation that is different. It is my experience that students who memorise facts and trivia without understanding their significance will forget those facts as soon as they complete their exams.

Q: How do I present its material?

A: I focus on systems, methods, patterns, mnemonics, tips and tricks that will help you to integrate information so that you will remember and use it. Because I work with small groups, I am also able to cover the material at your own pace: slower or faster. Most likely, I will also show modifications and adjustments that you have not learned in technique classes. Such adaptations may not help you to pass any exams, but they will help to broaden your clinical base: “to give you more tools in your toolbox.”