Leadership and Capacity Building program in complementary medicine research
A high-quality, critical research sector dedicated to examining and evaluating complementary medicine use, practice and policy is essential if we are to ensure safe, effective and coordinated patient care and the health and wellbeing of all in the community. However, despite the popularity of complementary medicine with patients around the world, the research activity dedicated to this topic remains underdeveloped.
Australia’s leading research centre in critical complementary medicine investigation, the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM) at UTS, is seeking to address this issue with a world-first initiative, the International Complementary Medicine Research Leadership and Capacity Building Program.
Professor Jon Adams, Director of ARCCIM says the program will provide emerging Complementary Medicine (CM) researchers with a unique opportunity to collaborate and partner, building an lend essential ‘critical mass’ for planning and developing a broad evidence-base for CM practice and use.
“Our aim is to identify, nurture and support future complementary medicine research leaders to develop a sustainable, critical research culture that draws upon rigorous, established methods and disciplinary perspectives from health economics, health services research, clinical science and public health amongst others.
“The program will provide the mentoring, career development and research capacity building that is essential for researchers as CM research continues to advance. Fellows will receive mentorship from senior ARCCIM academics, as well as invited experts from around the world so they develop a global perspective and a far-reaching network.
The program will run for a number of years and will see an initial cohort of 12 early to mid-career researchers from across the globe appointed as Fellows through a competitive selection process. The program will provide Fellows with excellent opportunities to develop international networks, further develop and add to their research skills as well as draw upon the experience and insights of some of the leading international CM researchers to help inform their career development and ensure their continuing contribution to the CM research field.
“Applicants will be sought from across public health, health policy, health services research and clinical science amongst others with the aim of building capacity to address the evidence needs of patients, practitioners and policymakers,” Professor Adams says.
The Program is funded by a range of community partners and professional associations including the Australian Association of Massage Therapists (platinum sponsor) and the Australian Chinese Medical Association.
Applications are now open via the ARCCIM website.