NICM Health Research Institute (NICM) was established in 2007 as the 'National Institute of Complementary Medicine' with seed funding from the Commonwealth and NSW State Governments. On 1 October 2013, NICM was consolidated and strengthened through a merger with the university's Centre for Complementary Medicine Research (CompleMED), to form a single national entity with policy, advocacy and research functions. Hosted by Western Sydney University, NICM is governed by the university's policies and procedures, and is not a separate legal entity; NICM reports to the university's Division of Research and Innovation.
NICM conducts its business with the highest degree of integrity and professional conduct. An external Advisory Board and Research Committee provide strategic guidance, advice and review of NICM's activities to ensure research programs and processes meet international standards of best practice.
As a medical research institute, NICM receives funding from a range of sources to advance the vision and mission of the institute, including research grants and donations from foundations, universities, government agencies, individuals and industry.
NICM is committed to undertaking ethical and transparent research, carried out in accordance with national guidelines, including the Australian Code of Responsible Conduct of Research (2007), and reflected in the University's Research Code of Practice and Code of Conduct.
Western Sydney University has strict governance protocols in place to ensure the independence of the research is maintained. Donations are only accepted where they are ethical in nature and consistent with the mission, goals and policies of the university, and confer no material benefit or advantage to the donor (Donations and Fundraising Policy). Any funds used to support specific research projects are declared on publication of results, along with any potential conflicts of interest, consistent with international codes of research integrity.
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 is the chair of the Board.NICM Advisory Board Terms of Reference
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