ARCCIM: leading complementary medicine research

ARCCIM: leading complementary medicine research


[text overlay] Leading complementary medicine research, UTS: ARCCIM Professor Jon Adams: Our centre’s focused on exploring
and explaining a whole range of issues around what is a very significant health care and
public health issue – the use of complementary medicines by the general public and different communities. What’s important is the research and investigation
that gets done around the world on complementary medicine use and practice actually reflects
what happens in daily routine care. That’s something that’s very much at the
heart of our program and all of our initiatives and projects. Our unique research program is built upon
four major components: critical perspectives, established methods and methodology, transdisciplinary
approach, and rigorous research design. Our established research program explores
and examines a diverse range of substantive topics and methodological areas – 11 in
total. Examples are healthy ageing, chronic illness,
vulnerable and underserved communities, and policy and regulation. Our investigations with regards to all these
substantive topics have led to great success in providing insights of impact for both practitioners,
policymakers and other stakeholders beyond academia. New speaker: Here in our centre, we’re highly
interested in population health studies. Part of our research focus is to look at large
cohort studies and national health surveys that have been conducted around the world. Having research at such scale provides us
with huge insights for not only government but also practitioners and the general population. We’re also conducting a lot of research
on complementary medicine use here in Australia. We’ve had a long-term involvement with the
Australian longitudinal study of women’s health, and also the 45 and Up study. New speaker: I was in practice for over 10
years, and I’m really excited that my experience from that time now directly influences the
research that we do here at the centre. So here at the centre we endeavour to create
research that’s really relevant to practitioners and patients. New speaker: We truly hope to see that complementary
medicine and its investigation can become a mainstream part of most disciplinary health
research topics, so we can draw upon public health, health services research, clinical
investigation, and many other disciplines to really, truly subject this topic to assessment
and evaluation that’s objective, that’s non-partisan, and that’s seen as being highly
scientific and rigorous. Our research centre is the only one in the
world that’s predominantly and exclusively focused upon a critical public health perspective
looking at this very important area of health care.

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