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Help build a body of proof for ancient practices

Complementary medicine offers a wealth of potential healthcare solutions, backed by hundreds of years of clinical use. Some 2,500 years ago, the Chinese were using treatments made of mouldy soybean curd to treat infections. Only in 1942 did Howard Florey and Ernst Chain develop the manufacturing process for penicillin, enabling the first antibiotics to be sold as drugs.

Provide hope to sufferers of chronic disease

Complementary medicines provide hope where existing medical treatments are inadequate, expensive or have significant side effects. Chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke, dementia, mental illness and cancer are among Australia's national health priorities. Nonetheless, existing medical treatments for these diseases may be inadequate, expensive or have significant side effects. Complementary medicines show promise in the management and treatment of some chronic conditions. Our research includes clinical trials, laboratory testing and policy work. Our research effort is concentrated in four clinical clusters:
  • Healthy hearts: preventing and treating cardiovascular and metabolic disorders.
  • Healthy minds: preventing and treating neurocognitive and mental health disorders.
  • Healthy women: promoting sexual and reproductive health.
  • Healthy lives through cancer: staying healthy through the cancer journey.

NICM also undertakes research in the following emerging areas:

  • Traditional and indigenous medicine, such as bush medicine in Australia.
  • Mind and body therapies, such as yoga and meditation.
  • Medicinal cannabis.

Your donation funds vital research

Evidence-based research is costly but vital to unlocking the benefits of complementary medicines.
  • Support excellent early career research – fund the living costs or project costs for research students in an area that interests you
  • Contribute to our clinical trials capacity – small and large donations to allow NICM to greatly expand its clinical trials capacity and will make a real difference to improving knowledge of which complementary medicines have strong health benefits

Please contact Simon Dixon on 02 9685 4700 or Athena Rogers on 0401 090 832 to discuss how our programs might support your interests.


How do I make a donation?

You are able to make a tax deductible donation online through the Western Sydney University. On the form, select 'NICM Health Research Institute' when answering 'I would like to support'.

All gifts to the Western Sydney University are tax deductible in Australia and will be acknowledged by an official tax receipt, compliant with Australian Tax Office guidelines.

For every $1 of funding you donate to support research at Western Sydney University, the Commonwealth Government will provide Western Sydney University with an additional 20-40 cents in research funding.

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NICM Health Research Institute is grateful for the generous support it receives to advance the vision and mission of the Institute.