The Commonwealth Government has announced grants in excess of $7 million for research into complementary and alternative medicine.
Funding of $1.74 million has been awarded to establish three National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) Collaborative Centres. The centres will be established at the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney and Swinburne University of Technology.
A further $5.3 million has been allocated for 13 projects that will be funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The projects funded by the NHMRC will deliver evidence-based studies, including clinical trials, to strengthen acceptance and integration of alternative therapies into the health care system. These projects include the evaluation of nutritional supplements in preventing Alzheimer’s disease, use of complementary and alternative medicines and self-management among people with type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease and a trial of omega-3 fatty acids as a treatment for symptoms for young people at ultra-high risk of psychosis.