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Protect University Education in Natural Medicine

University education currently provides one important source of training for Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioners. These courses are renowned for their ability to create research literate practitioners who are able to provide high quality evidence-based therapies to the public and therefore work effectively in the health field.  They also encourage students with an interest in research to continue along that path, adding a unique viewpoint to the scientific community and enhancing the development of the knowledge base. In addition, University education adds to the ability of Complementary and Alternative Medicine to continue its vital role in contributing to the improvement of local and global health outcomes in an integrated manner. While we highly respect the scientific abilities of the leading members of Friends of Science in Medicine and their right to contribute to healthy debate, we feel they are misinformed about the nature of university studies in Complementary and Alternative Medicine.  As such, we are concerned at their request to disband these courses. We ask that the Vice-Chancellors make a public statement pledging to protect the high quality and science based courses in Complementary and Alternative Medicine that they currently offer.    

This petition was delivered to:
  • Vice-Chancellor of Edith Cowan University
    Professor Kerry O. Cox
  • Vice-Chancellor of University of Ballarat
    Professor David Battersby
  • Vice-Chancellor of University of New England
    Professor Jim Barber
  • University of Newcastle
    Professor Caroline McMillen
  • Vice-Chancellor of University of Queensland
    Professor Deborah Terry
  • Vice-Chancellor of University of Technology Sydney
    Professor Ross Milbourne
  • Vice-Chancellor of University of Wollongong
    Professor Paul Wellings
  • Vice-Chancellor of University of Western Sydney
    Professor Janice Reid
  • Vice-Chancellor of Charles Sturt University
    Professor Andrew Vann
  • Vice-Chancellor of Central Queensland University
    Professor Scott Bowman
  • Vice-Chancellor of ACU
    Professor Greg Craven
  • Vice-Chancellor of Monash University
    Professor Ed Byrne
  • Vice-Chancellor of RMIT University
    Professor Margaret Gardner
  • Swinburne University of Technology
    Professor Linda Kristjanson
  • Vice Chancellor of Macquarie University
    Professor Steven Schwartz


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