The last twelve months have once again seen the Australian Research Centre for Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM) build upon a solid track record of success as the world-leading critical public health and health services research centre focusing on traditional, complementary and integrative health care. UTS:ARCCIM houses the only co-ordinated international research program dedicated to establishing and promoting the rigorous, critical study of CAM as a core topic of national and international public health and health services scholarship that aims to provide the broad evidence-base necessary to aid effective, safe health practice and policy development on this significant area of health seeking and practice.
The scientific investigation of traditional, complementary and integrative medicine is paramount when addressing contemporary health systems and global health challenges. At ARCCIM, we believe this requires a synergy of critical perspectives, genuine collaboration and a commitment to produce meaningful, balanced insights. We pride ourselves on the quality and quantity of our research output and 2016 has once again seen ARCCIM grow and prosper on a number of important fronts.
ARCCIM is investing in future research growth and capacity across academic and practitioner ranks, providing international leadership, facilitating research engagement and growing a vibrant research culture. Our team is mentoring the best and brightest future research leaders on the world stage via our world-first International research leadership programs and via our Centre’s quality mentoring and support for a growing number of dedicated and promising early career researchers.
Running through all our research engagement and activity is a commitment to explore the opportunities and challenges of traditional, complementary and integrative medicine and self-care use amongst vulnerable and underserved communities as well as a focus upon developing the implementation and translation of research findings into practice and policy improvement
The ARCCIM research program has grown exponentially over a number of years to include a wealth of initiatives spanning the globe. I am truly proud to be leading such a talented, world-class research team and it is with great pleasure that we here showcase our bold initiatives, dynamic approach and outstanding achievement for 2016.
I invite you to not only explore and enjoy our website, but also check out the latest ARCCIM video showcasing our mission and activities.
Through our work we are shaping practice advances and helping realise healthier communities. I invite you to join the ARCCIM team in achieving these goals.
Distinguished Professor of Public Health
ARC Professorial Future Fellow
National Convenor, Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) Special Interest Group in ‘Evidence, Research and Policy in Complementary Medicine’