NICM Health Research Institute, Westmead

We are the science of integrative medicine.

Western Sydney University’s NICM Health Research Institute is Australia’s global leader in integrative and complementary medicine research and policy. As an Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 5 rating institute, we are globally recognised for our world-class research and innovations in integrative and complementary medicine. We are committed to social responsibility and the highest degree of integrity, ethics, and scientific enquiry. From the bench to the bedside, preclinical, clinical and translational, we advance the evidence-base, focusing on quality, safety, efficacy and how medicine works.


9 November 2023
The Australian’s 2024 Research Magazine has ranked NICM Health Research Institute as Australia’s leading research institution in the field of Alternative and Traditional Medicine. In addition, NICM HRI's Professor Jerome Sarris has been honoured as the top researcher in Natural Medicines and Medicinal Plants.

11 October 2023
NICM Health Research Institute has led a world-first clinical trial in Australia that offers new hope in the treatment of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) among older people. The trial’s results, published in Alzheimer's and Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment and Disease Monitoring, a journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, signal the efficacy and safety of Sailuotong (SLT), a novel herbal extract, as a potential treatment for MCI.

6 October 2023
The National Industry PhD Program, NICM HRI, and UnityHealth support new PhD scholarship for Chinese herbal medicine interaction research and development of IMgateway platform.