6 October 2016 NICM is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Jerome Sarris as its new Deputy Director. Professor Sarris brings extensive research and management experience to the position with a career that spans two decades and includes senior roles at the University of Melbourne’s Department of Psychiatry, Swinburne University of Technology’s Centre for Human Psychopharmacology, and with the International Network of Integrative Mental Health in the US.
15 September 2016 The Australian Government today released its response to the Review of Medicines and Medical Devices Regulation, known as the Samson Review. Chaired by Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO, the independent expert review identifies ways to improve access to therapeutic goods for consumers and remove unnecessary red-tape for industry whilst maintaining the safety of therapeutic goods in Australia.
9 August 2016 Over 80 key guests from government, academia, and the complementary medicines industry celebrated the signing of an agreement between NICM and the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (BUCM) to advance collaboration on Chinese medicine research, education and clinical services. NICM Director, Professor Alan Bensoussan, says the establishment of a joint Chinese Medicine Research, Education and Clinical Centre is a significant milestone in the collaboration between BUCM and NICM.
26 July 2016 Along with many Australians we have watched the election outcomes keenly. NICM congratulates the re-elected Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and welcomes the re-appointment of the Hon Sussan Ley MP as Minister for Health and Aged Care, and the new appointment of the Hon Greg Hunt MP as the Minister for Industry, Innovation, and Science.
26 July 2016 NHMRC released this month a public consultation paper on the Structural Review of NHMRC’s Grant Program, inviting all interested individuals and organisations to lodge written submissions in response to the paper by 25 August 2016.
26 July 2016 The Australian Medical Research Advisory Board held its first meeting at Parliament House on 4 May 2016. The Advisory Board commenced consultation on the development of the Australian Medical Research and Innovation Strategy and related Priorities from 6 May to 6 June 2016, calling for submissions through the Department of Health's consultation hub.
26 July 2016 Congratulations and welcome to our three new Higher Degree Research candidates and recipients of the NICM and Blackmores Institute Scholarships, Danielle Parker, Saumya Perera, and Nicola MacDonald.
26 July 2016 We welcome NICM’s new Clinical Research Officer, Afshan Khan, who will be working with Professor Caroline Smith. In addition, we welcome back to NICM, PhD graduates, Dr Debra Betts and Dr Kate Levett, as NICM Adjunct Fellows.
26 July 2016 This month, we saw national media interest in Dr Kate Levett’s PhD research results and paper Complementary therapies for labour and birth study: a randomised controlled trial of antenatal integrative medicine for pain management in labour, which was published in BMJ Open.
26 July 2016 Americans spent $30.2 billion―$28.3 billion for adults and $1.9 billion for children—out-of-pocket on complementary health approaches, according to a US nationwide survey. These findings come from an analysis by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.