Board and Committees

To achieve its goals, NICM requires high level scientific, strategic and business direction and support. NICM is not a separate legal entity and is hosted by the Western Sydney University. The University is legally responsible for NICM's foundation funding agreements held with the Australian Government and the NSW Government and for all funding and other agreements entered into by NICM.

On 1 October, 2013, Western Sydney University gave approval for consolidating and strengthening the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) and the University's Centre for Complementary Medicine Research (CompleMED) to form a single national entity with policy, advocacy and research functions. As a result of the merger, a new Advisory Board and Research Committee were formed.  


NICM Advisory Board 

The NICM Advisory Board provides advice to NICM in the advancement of its objectives and priorities as a significant national body providing leadership and support for strategically directed research into complementary medicine and translation of evidence into clinical practice and relevant policy to the benefit of all Australians.

Professor John Funder has kindly agreed to chair the new Board.   

NICM Advisory Board Terms of Reference (opens in a new window) 

NICM Research Committee

The NICM Research Committee provides advice to the NICM Advisory Board in the advancement of the NICM scientific program of strategically directed research into building the evidence base for complementary medicine and translation of this new knowledge into clinical practice. The Research Committee is comprised of key senior scientists with substantial experience in leading national research organisations or programs, preferably in medicine and healthcare with some experience in complementary medicine. This group provides strategic advice on research priorities and programs, assists in building strong collaborative links, and reviews progress against research strategies and activities.   


NICM Sponsors Advisory Group


Associate Professor Lesley Braun

Debra Schnepper

Sandra Dillon

Nick Burgess

Mark Bissett

Deborah Carr