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Joan van Rotterdam


Dr. Joan van Rotterdam is a chiropractor and researcher affiliated with the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. After graduating from the Sydney College of Chiropractic (1986), she started her own practice in 1991. From 2000–2013 she worked as Practice Manager for a medical rehabilitation practice, while working part-time as a chiropractor. At present she is engaged in clinical practice on a part-time basis. Between 2002–2003, Dr. van Rotterdam undertook a part-time position with the Newcastle Institute of Public Health (NIPH) as a manager of a research project entitled “An Evaluation of the Hunter Chronic Disease Rehabilitation Program.” She commenced her PhD candidature in the area of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and the role of Quality of Life questionnaires, graduating in 2019.

Dr. van Rotterdam has collaborated on other research projects within a multidisciplinary setting, including with the non-profit organization Hands-on-Health Australia (HoHA). HoHA helps provide affordable musculoskeletal medicine to underprivileged communities, such as the homeless and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia. This project, called “Bringing Chiropractic to Durri,” was an evaluation of the embedding of chiropractic services in a rural Aboriginal Medical Service.

Dr. van Rotterdam is the chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Rural and Remote Practitioner Network (ARRPN) for the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA). She also represents the ACA with the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) and Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH), and she represents the NRHA with the Australian Journal of Rural Health. Dr. van Rotterdam is also an executive member of the Board of Hands-on-Health Australia (HoHA).