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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.    

Letter 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
and 12 others
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
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Vice-Chancellors of Australian Universities.

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Protect University Courses in CAM

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.

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Sincerely,