University welcomes focus on natural and complementary medicine

Published 15 June 2007

Southern Cross University has welcomed the announcement of a $4 million Federal Government grant to establish a National Institute for Complementary Medicine.

The Institute, announced today (June 15), will link together the country’s major natural and complementary medicine research centres, including Southern Cross University, providing a co-ordinated approach to research.

Professor Stephen Myers, who heads the University’s NatMED Research Centre, will play a leading role in the establishment of the Institute, which will be housed at the University of Western Sydney.

Professor Bill MacGillivray, Southern Cross University Deputy Vice-Chancellor, welcomed the initiative.

“Natural and complementary medicine is playing an increasingly important role in all aspects of public health care and this funding recognises the need for ongoing evidence-based research,” Professor MacGillivray said.

“There is now widespread community use of complementary medicine and this funding will help ensure the scientific research is carried out to back it up.”

Southern Cross University has been a leader in the field of natural and complementary medicine and was the first University to introduce a Bachelor of Naturopathy degree.

The Department of Natural and Complementary Medicine and NatMED are involved in a number of ongoing clinical trials and research ranging from the benefits of seaweed extract and antioxidants to zinc testing and the traditional Indian medicine ‘brahmi’ and its impact on memory.

Media contact: Brigid Veale Southern Cross University communications manager 02 66593006 or 0439 680 748.