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Making the case for registration of naturopaths

Should naturopaths be registered? It’s a controversial debate that’s hit the headlines again recently, following the near-death of a baby in Sydney. Dr Jon Wardle, from the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine at the University of Technology Sydney, who has been taking plenty of media calls on this question, argues below that […]

Out-of-Pocket Inquiry Report - filling a major policy vacuum

On 22 August the Senate Community Affairs Committee released the report of its Inquiry into Out-of-Pocket costs in Australian health care.  This is a comprehensive document, which comprehensively addresses a long-neglected area of health policy and highlights the inequity and inefficiency of our current approach to out-of-pocket costs in the Australian health system.   The Committee […]

The Health Wrap: What the evidence uncovered; reaching out to vaccine skeptics; health funding waiting games

By Kellie Bisset What the evidence uncovered Evidence has turned the tables on two issues this past fortnight: whether our multimillion national investment in antiviral drugs is justified; and whether significant spending on alternative treatments such as homeopathy is a good use of money. First, to antiviral drugs, and the release of a Cochrane Review […]

End of the road for homeopathy?

A new report from the NHMRC regarding the evidence base for homeopathy raises questions regarding the funding of a range of homeopathic treatments.  Many thanks to Loretta Marron, CEO, Friends of Science in Medicine for this overview. Will homeopathy finally disappear into history?  The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) “concludes that the assessment […]

Who uses complementary and alternative therapies in regional South Australia?

The use of complementary and alternative therapies in people with chronic diseases is an under-researched area, despite the fact that these therapies can interact with mainstream health treatment, such as prescription medicines. The latest column from PHCRIS (the Primary Health Care Research and Information Service) outlines the findings of a new study into complementary and […]

The latest news in primary health care research - from the role of complementary meds to global health matters

The latest articles profiled by the Primary Health Care Research & Information Service include: • A study suggesting that patients with chronic conditions value the sense of control they gain from using complementary and alternative medicines • Five suggestions for how primary health care researchers can boost global health. *** How patients use complementary and […]

The Federal Budget and health: what's on the table (or not)

Below is a short summary of items related to tonight’s Federal Budget and health: what is promised/likely; what has been asked for; and what seems to be missing. What is promised/likely in the federal budget • Expansion of the national bowel cancer screening program (Some reaction to this will follow in the next post.) • […]

All the latest news on excessive testing and treatment - the Naked Doctor strikes again

An important campaign has just been launched in the US, with the backing of nine medical societies and several consumer groups, to encourage doctors and patients to identify tests and treatments that may not be necessary. As part of the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely campaign, this website lists tests and procedures identified by medical societies as commonly […]

Is the TGA out to lunch? Ken Harvey on the weight loss pill that lets you "have the cake without the calories"

The Therapeutic Goods Administration’s response to concerns about the marketing of a weight-loss pill, which lets you “have the cake without the calories”, suggests that the many reviews and promises of reform have not resulted in real change at the much-critiqued organisation, according to Dr Ken Harvey, Adjunct Assoc Prof of Public Health at La Trobe University. […]

Assault on alternative medicine: worthwhile or witch-hunt?

The fight over the teaching of complementary medicines by Australian universities has drawn international coverage, including this piece by the New York Times. In his latest column in this week’s BMJ, Australian journalist Ray Moynihan talks with some of the key protagonists. Ray Moynihan writes: The campaign by the Friends of Science in Medicine to shut down […]