Issues 84, September 2008
Regulation of Complementary
Medicines in Australia
David Briggs explains the role of the Therapeutic Goods Administration in regulating complementary medicines in Australia.
Handle with Care
Some forms of complementary medicine are efficacious but many have unproven or no health benefits. Claims that cannot be substantiated by scientific research are common, and all have some degree of risk.
Regulation of Naturopaths
Many naturopaths support further regulation, but other industry elements disagree. Jon Wardle discusses this dichotomy and the benefits of regulation.
Assessing Complementary and Alternative Treatments
How do you distinguish and assess conventional, complementary and alternative treatments and their practitioners? BrainLink offers a range of issues to consider and questions to ask.
An Evidence Base for
The National Health and Medical Research Council’s has set aside $5.3 million to fund research into the use of complementary medicines in Australia.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the News
Australian news reporting of complementary and alternative medicine is often poor, but a study identifying the problem could also provide the solution.
Complementary Medicines: Integral to the Australian Health System
Complementary health care is an important part of Australian preventative health care.
Complementary Medicine Research
in the Spotlight
There needs to be a better balance between Australia’s high usage rates of complementary medicines and the evidence to support its use.
A Critical Look at Pharmacies that Promote Complementary and Alternative Medicines
Pharmacies have a vested interest in selling complemenary medicine products that have little or no evidence of efficacy.
CAM or SCAM?
Do complementary and alternative medicines like homeopathy, chiropractic and acupuncture work?
A Skeptics’ Guide to Chiropractic
The Skeptics Association of South Australia accepts evidence-based chiropractic but advocates further research for unsubstantiated practices.
The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia rejects the SA Skeptics’ view of chiropractic.
Integrating Acupuncture with the Australian Healthcare System
Acupuncture is gaining significant acceptance in Australia, but further research and review will aid its integration with the broader healthcare system.
Many Australians use alternative treatments for depression, but do they work?
Partnerships in Traditional Medicinal Plant Research
A Macquarie University research group has been building partnerships with indigenous Australians to preserve their unique medicinal plant knowledge and to identify natural medicinal agents.
What If There's No Baby in the Bathwater? Do We Really Need a CAM Industry?
A draft of the Therapeutic Good Administration's consultation document on the vidence required for listed medicines has not been received well by the dietary supplements industry.