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Petitioning Discipline Head for Health Science Dr Ray Myers and 12 others

RMIT University: Stop teaching acupuncture and chiropractics as evidence based medicine


In 2011, for its chiropractic course, RMIT University was awarded the Bent Spoon which "is presented annually to the perpetrator of the most preposterous piece of paranormal or pseudo-scientific piffle." This is rightly harmful to the reputation of RMIT and harmful to the reputation of science degrees that RMIT offers.

It is important that universities teach and promote science and educate against ignorance or misinformation. Both chiropractics and acupuncture are based on out-dated models and still lack enough strong evidence that demonstrate their effectiveness as treatments.

The scientific method works and for this simple reason, its name is often hijacked in the support of unscientific medicine that can cause harm and prevent or delay patients from seeking proper medical care. If we want to ensure the public makes informed decisions with health care and if we want to keep the trust of the community in science and in our tertiary institutions, then we must criticise pseudo-science and we urge RMIT University to support evidence based medicine.

http://www.ebm-first.com/acupuncture.html

http://www.ebm-first.com/chiropractic.html

http://www.skeptics.com.au/latest/announcements/featured-announcement/bent-spoon-to-rmit-soty-to-loretta-marron/

http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD005319/acupuncture-for-shoulder-pain

http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD005427/combined-chiropractic-interventions-for-low-back-pain

http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD001002/manual-therapy-for-asthma

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/%2021923248

 

Letter to
Discipline Head for Health Science Dr Ray Myers
Head of School for Health Sciences Professor Charlie Xue
School Manager for Health Sciences Mr Paul Spencer
and 10 others
Finance Manager, SHS Ms Judith Cain
Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Margaret Gardner AO
Deputy Head Learning & Teaching for Health Science Assoc Professor Andrea Chester
Discipline Head for Health Science Dr Barry Draper
Discipline Head for Health Science Dr Merv Jackson
Discipline Head for Health Science Ms Sonja Cleary
Pro Vice-Chancellor Science, Engineering and Health and Vice-President Professor Peter Coloe
Discipline Head for Health Science Assoc Professor Jeff Walkley
Discipline Head for Health Science Dr Tony Zhang
Professor Professor Marc Cohen

Dear School Executive of Health Sciences at RMIT,

In 2011, for its chiropractic course, RMIT University was awarded the Bent Spoon which "is presented annually to the perpetrator of the most preposterous piece of paranormal or pseudo-scientific piffle." This is rightly harmful to the reputation of RMIT and harmful to the reputation of science degrees that RMIT offers.

It is important that universities teach and promote science and educate against ignorance or misinformation. Both chiropractics and acupuncture are based on out-dated models and still lack enough strong evidence that demonstrate their effectiveness as treatments.

The scientific method works and for this simple reason, its name is often hijacked in the support of unscientific medicine that can cause harm and prevent or delay patients from seeking proper medical care. If we want to ensure the public makes informed decisions with health care and if we want to keep the trust of the community in science and in our tertiary institutions, then we must criticise pseudo-science and we urge RMIT University to support evidence based medicine.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/latest/announcements/featured-announcement/bent-spoon-to-rmit-soty-to-loretta-marron/

http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD005319/acupuncture-for-shoulder-pain

http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD005427/combined-chiropractic-interventions-for-low-back-pain

http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD001002/manual-therapy-for-asthma

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/%2021923248