Chiropractic is officially recognized as a primary health care profession in Italy. Thanks to Dr. John Williams, president of the Associazione Italiana Chiropratici (Association of Italian Chiropractors or “AIC”), who had produced a document outlining the regulatory framework for chiropractic. Dr. Williams and the AIC worked diligently and strategically with their champion in government, Senator Luigi Lusi, to ensure chiropractors are set up legislatively. Similar to the history of CDAHK, this kind of effort – partnering with governments on behalf of chiropractic – is the most essential leadership needed to take chiropractic to the world. Once the AIC was successful in their efforts to open Italy to chiropractic. Dr. Williams barely skipped a beat before strategizing the next step: Bringing principled chiropractic education to Italy and the rest of Europe.
We are especially pleased to honor Dr. Williams for being a long friend of CDAHK since 2010 and visit us on his 70th birthday. We are committed to physically meet each other every six months, and teleconference every two months in building quality chiropractic college and education. Life University is chosen to his education partner in Rome, where chiropractic has been practiced for years, but largely stripped of its philosophical underpinnings. Thanks to Dr. Williams efforts, along with the AIC and Senator Lusi, chiropractic will soon have the European foothold it needs to increase understanding of both its principles and its potential as an integral part of the healthcare landscape.
Like the CDAHK, Dr. Williams is currently working on the realization of a branch campus of Life University in Rome, which will be a great boost in obtaining professional regulation in Italy, and will ensure the diffusion of chiropractic principles in Europe. He is also promoting the growth of chiropractic, promoting its inclusion into the European health workforce, by participating in European groups such as the Joint Action Health Workforce Planning initiative that the Association of Italian Chiropractors (AIC) is presently part of.