Diplomate in Chiropractic
Neurodevelopmental Paediatrics

A revolutionary program for Chiropractors

Dr Genevieve Keating PhD presents a comprehensive approach
to the chiropractic care of infants, children, and adolescents

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The Diplomate program has been postponed

A personal message from Dr Genevieve...


Thanks for your interest in the Diplomate Program.  I have had to make some difficult decisions that I feel are in the best interests of the profession and our communities. These decisions impact my ability to run the program at this time.

My life’s work is strongly about supporting kids’ development and families’ ability to access high-quality chiropractic care. I have taught the Chiropractic Paediatric Neurodevelopment Diplomate program for the last 10 years and plan to continue this work.

There have been several political issues that I feel called to lend my skills and support to the profession.  I have decided to stand for a position on the ACA board, continue with my research work, and publish a book with the data and testimonials from the parent reports on the value of chiropractic care for their families.

We will advise when future Program dates are available, and Applications are being accepted.



The Course

The course offers an evidence-based, neuromusculoskeletal  approach to typical and atypical development in infants and children.
It provides clinically relevant training in appropriate assessment, treatment, management and clinical decision-making. The focus will be within a Chiropractors scope with an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to promote healthy outcomes across the infant to adolescent years.

Course Importance

This course will allow you to understand the Chiropractic profession's role in supporting and facilitating healthy development in children.
Early years health is a predictor of lifelong health and wellbeing. A percentage of children starting school have some form of developmental delay which impacts their learning and success.  It doesn't have to be this way.



Course Goals

This course is designed to give you, the Chiropractor, an evidence-based practice approach to the neuromusculoskeletal care of infants, children, and adolescents.
Emphasis will be placed on a person-centred model of care with robust consent procedures to ensure optimum clinical outcomes. The focus will be on effective assessment, chiropractic adjusting, and collaborative work to assist healthy development.

Course Objectives

By the time you have completed this course you should be able to:

  • Have sound clinical knowledge of the embryology, development, and function of the nervous system
  • Elicit a complete history of the paediatric patient across the age spectrum
  • Perform a full assessment and examination of the developing child, understand the clinical relevance of the findings, indications, contraindications and red flags
  • Have a wide range of age-specific clinical skills to appropriately adjust the developing child, including spinal, cranial dural and extremities
  • Understand the five domains of child development, assessement, referral and appropriate co-management

Course Details

Year One

Module 1

Course introduction, anatomy and neurology of the developing brain

Module 2

The neonate and young infant. Attachment, attunement & feeding

Module 3

Anatomy & physiology of spinal cord, cranial system, ANS, and CNS

Module 4

How to structure, read and analyze research

Module 5

Motor development and control. Cerebellum, basal ganglia & movement

Module 6

Infancy: Plagiocephaly, torticollis, DDH, and physical examination

Module 7

Childhood age 1 to 3 years.  Brain lateralisation, language and learning

Module 8

Understanding the
developing spine and extremity system

Year Two


Module 9

Childhood age 3 - 5 years. Learning, developing and making connections

Module 10

The school age child, neurological development and learning

Module 11

The afferent brain model
and neuro-sensory

Module 12

Neuro-developmental disorders and special needs children

Module 13

Communication, collaboration, developing referral and community strength

Module 14

Food, nutrition and supplementation, for kids of
all abilities

Module 15

Pre frontal cortex,

vagal tone, and concussion

Module 16

Tying it all together: Integration, revision and consolidation

Entrance Requirements

  • Applicants must hold a B.Sc (or equivalent) degree in Chiropractic
  • You must be a currently registered Chiropractor
  • As participant numbers are limited, preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated a clinical interest in paediatric neuro-development


Dr. Genevieve Keating  B.App.Sc (Chiro), DACNB, FAICE (Paed), PhD
PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development
Assistant Professor Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies
Director Inspiral Resources

Other Faculty will teach specific areas of expertise.  These include sporting injuries, scoliosis, concussion, red flags, oral motor development, speech, patient consent, and record keeping.

Method of Instruction

  • This course uses a face-to-face and flipped classroom approach to maximise learning and integration. Lectures, coursework and reading will be shared in the learning hub prior to module dates so participants can work at their own pace during the month
  • The modules will focus on course work, enhancing clinical skills, and case discussions to maximise learning outcomes


The course is assessed in the following ways:

  • A short quiz with each module
  • Ongoing practical assessment of the clinical component of each module
  • Case presentations
  • Written exam at end of Year 1, and written and practical exams at the completion of Year 2
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