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Seminar highlights global trends in natural healthcare

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Brigid Veale
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17 September 2007
A leading international researcher in the field of traditional and complementary medicine will provide an overview of global trends in natural healthcare at a seminar at Southern Cross University’s Lismore campus on Wednesday (September 19).

Professor Gerard Bodeker, a senior faculty member in public health at the University of Oxford Medical School and Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University, New York, will also meet with staff in the University’s Department of Natural and Complementary Medicine.

Professor Bodeker has been involved in the international wellness and complementary medicine fields for the past two decades.

An Australian, whose doctoral studies were at Harvard, he has been chair of the Commonwealth Working Group on Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and has done work on traditional medicine and medicinal plant conservation for a number of United Nations agencies.

He has written extensively on traditional and complementary medicine, and was the editor-in-chief of the World Health Organisation Global Atlas on Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (WHO, Geneva, 2005).

The book includes maps, charts and tables to provide visual information on policy, legislation and infrastructure relating to traditional, complementary and alternative health care (TCAM), as well as the popularity of different health systems around the world.

“In industrialised societies complementary medicine is being used in an integrated way with modern medicine by half or more of the population. And the populations of most developing countries use traditional medicine for their everyday healthcare needs,” Professor Bodeker said.

The seminar will provide an overview of the global trends in natural healthcare and the impact on policy and practice.

It will be held at Southern Cross University’s Lismore campus in room H101 from noon to 1pm. For information about the seminar contact Sue Evans on 6620 3854 or email [email protected]