Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) includes a wide range of health care practices and therapies not currently associated with the medical profession or the medical curriculum such as acupuncture, naturopathy, herbal medicines, chiropractic and massage amongst others. But what place does CAM have in contemporary health practice and how is it integrated by health practitioners and consumers?
This is the focus of research at the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM) at the Faculty of Health, University of Technology, Sydney. The Centre was established in 2012 to address the growing need for public health and health services research in complementary and integrative medicine. Research undertaken by the Centre in collaboration with many prestigious partners across Australia and internationally focuses on CAM practice and use, the interface between CAM and conventional practitioners and assessing implications for policy, practice and patient care.
ARCCIM is the first Centre worldwide dedicated to conducting and promoting critical CAM research via a wide range of established methods and perspectives from public health and health services research. ARCCIM is also the only National Centre on CAM to house senior researchers who have attracted over $7M of NHMRC, ARC and other competitive government grant funding for their research (including 2 prestigious NHMRC and ARC Fellowships). Our aim is to provide leadership for this growing research field here in Australia and internationally while providing a critical evidence-base to help guide policymakers, practitioners and patients with regards to CAM use and practice.
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