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Department of Chiropractic


Mr Aron Downie


BSc (Macq), MChiro (Macq), MPhil (Macq)

Phone: +61 2 9850 6382
Fax: + 61 2 9850 9389

Aron Downie is a registered chiropractor with experience in teaching spinal manipulative therapy with emphasis on teaching current concepts in psychomotor learning. Aron is also involved in promoting undergraduate research and implementation of research into practice across the program.

Before his recent appointment as a Lecturer in Chiropractic, Aron was a chiropractor in private practice for fifteen years and worked within a multidisciplinary rehabilitation team.

He completed a Master of Philosophy at Macquarie University and is a PhD candidate at The George Institute for Global Health, University of Sydney, Sydney Medical School.

Courses convened and taught:
CHIR315/CHIR316 (Chiropractic Sciences 5&6)
CHIR891/CHIR892 (Clinical Chiropractic 1&2)

Other responsibilities:
Department of Chiropractic Research Committee (Member)
Macquarie Undergraduate research working party (Member)

Research interests:
Diagnostic test accuracy, recovery from low back pain and why back pain often re-occurs.


Downie A, Williams CM, Henschke N, et al. Red flags to screen for malignancy and fracture in patients with low back pain: systematic review.
Bmj 2013;347:f7095-f95

Swain MS, Kongsted A, Downie A, Hancock MJ. A chiropractic scholar visits from Denmark: A report on the chiropractic research seminar.
Chiropr J Aust: Sep 2013(43:3):103-106

Swain M, Downie A, Brown B, Lystad R. A commentary to address the state of chiropractic research in Australia.
Chiropr J Aust
: Jun 2013(43:2):73-74

Strkalj G, Beirman R, Downie A, Giuirato R, Lystad RP, Rigney C, Whillier S. Examining the present, preparing for the future: A report on the symposium on anatomy education in chiropractic programs, held at Macquarie university on 20 July 2012.
Chiropr J Aust
: 2012(42:4):139-140

(Thesis) Development of a tool for the objective measurement of the HVLA spinal thrust. North Ryde, N.S.W. Macquarie University, 2011.

Downie, A. S., Vemulpad, S., & Bull, P. W. Quantifying the High-Velocity, Low-Amplitude Spinal Manipulative Thrust: A Systematic Review.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 33(7):542–553.

(Book) Spinal adjustment technique : the chiropractic art / authors, Stephen Esposito, Scott Philipson ; editor, Aron Downie. St Ives, 2005. ISBN 9780975761007

Updated 9 July 2014



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