Heather McLeod


Body, Mind, Soul,


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Research Organisations: Australia

The Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA)


“AIMA is an independent not for profit organisation of individual medical practitioners seeking to provide whole person medical care by integrating evidence‐based complementary medicine into mainstream practice. Mission Statement: To act as the peak medical body promoting the practice of evidence‐based integrative medicine, research and education as the gold standard for optimising wellbeing, prevention and management of disease in Australasian healthcare systems.”




The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS)


“ATMS is Australia's largest professional association of natural medicine practitioners, representing about 65% of the total natural medicine profession.” ATMS publishes the Journal of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society.





Centre for Complementary Medicine Research (CompleMED) 

College of Health and Science, University of Western Sydney (UWS), Australia


“CompleMED's principal aim is to promote an evidence based approach to the use of complementary medicine in healthcare.” “CompleMED’s research program focuses on the safety, efficacy and use of complementary medicine  … We have established state of the art clinical, analytical and pharmacology laboratory facilities to research how herbal medicines work on cellular, molecular and physiological levels, and to analyse and quantify the complex components contained in the medicines and their effect on our health. Our clinical research [investigates] the effect of herbal medicines on a range of important health conditions …, and CompleMED established Australia’s first hospital based traditional Chinese medicine research facility with Liverpool Hospital in Sydney. CompleMED has also played a key role in the development of national policies for practitioner regulation, and in the establishment of Australia’s National Institute of Complementary Medicine.”





National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM)


“The National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) was established to provide leadership and support for strategically directed research into complementary medicine and translation of evidence into clinical practice and relevant policy to benefit the health of all Australians.”





Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) CAM special interest group


“The PHAA has established a new Special Interest Group (SIG) on 'Evidence, Research and Policy in Complementary Medicine'. This new group is a major boost to the NORPHCAM vision and programme helping to develop rigorous public health debate, research and scholarship focused upon complementary medicine in Australia and internationally. … early work is focused upon developing collaborative ties and activities with the equivalent SIG at the American Public Health Association (APHA)”



Health system information from the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

HiT Australia 2006 HiT Australia 2001 Dept Health and Ageing

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

PHIAC HiT Summary Australia 2006 HiT Summary Australia 2002

Private Health Insurance Administration Council (PHIAC)


Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine