ARCCIM is leading an extensive program of empirical research focused upon a wide range of substantive issues around CAM use and practice in Australia and internationally. All the areas of investigation have received external funding including major grants from NHMRC, ARC, PHCRED and industry partners.
Under the auspices of Health Service and Practice research strength, the research conducted through ARCCIM includes examining CAM use in women’s health in Australia, especially for pregnancy, back pain, cancer care and allergies; CAM and palliative care; CAM’s impact on primary health care; CAM for chronic illness and ageing; as well as issues of health policy and law regarding CAM.
For more details or enquiries concerning funding donations, consultative needs and postgraduate (MA/PhD) study opportunities regarding a specific stream of our program please contact email@example.com. The streams listed below are not exhaustive but do outline the main areas of research focus amongst ARCCIM researchers.
CAM health policy, regulation and legislative issues
This research stream focuses on examining policy, regulatory and legislative issues associated with the increasing impact of CAM practice and use. This stream has attracted competitive internal and external research funding and, in a consulting capacity, has also helped governments in Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States develop regulation and policy around CAM.
CAM workforce and professional practice issues
ARCCIM has been instrumental in identifying and examining a range of CAM practitioner workforce and internal professional issues. This body of work focuses upon charting the coverage/provision of CAM practitioner serves and exploring a range of significant challenges and issues facing CAM practitioner groups including research literacy and engagement with evidence, professional training and inter-professional communication and relations.
CAM/primary health care interface and integration
This stream of the ARCCIM program has attracted significant external competitive funding from NHMRC and the PHCREC Program, Dept of Health and Ageing. Our work in this area has to date examined the working relationship between general practitioners/family physicians in Australia and the US with regards to CAM and CAM practitioners. ARCCIM researchers have also been leading the critical examination of the integration of CAM within conventional primary health care and community health care settings.
Health economics of CAM
ARCCIM senior researchers have been at the forefront of advancing the health economics investigation of CAM. Not only have we been instrumental in outlining an important roadmap and framework for future work in this area but we have also received significant external funding and conducted some of the first cutting-edge modeling in this important area of study.
CAM use and practice in rural and urban health
ARCCIM researchers have focused upon the role and use of CAM within rural health care, have explored CAM practice and provision in both rural and urban settings and have provided international leadership in the health geography of CAM in partnership with national and overseas partners. This research has attracted significant NHMRC competitive project funding.
CAM use and practice in women's health
This stream of the ARCCIM research program has received extensive funding from NHMRC and ARC via major competitive grants and Fellowships. ARCCIM researchers have focused upon the role and use of CAM with regards to pregnancy, menopause and other key women’s health issues.
CAM use and practice in ageing
A major component of the ARCCIM research program has focused upon the use of CAM amongst older adults, examining both self-prescribed CAM product use and CAM practitioner consultations for a range of conditions associated with ageing. ARCCIM provides international leadership in the critical engagement and empirical investigation of this significant area of public health and health services research.
CAM use in chronic illness and cancer care
Chronic and Cancer care are increasingly important issues within contemporary health systems and ARCCIM senior researchers, in collaboration with world-leading partners including the UTS Centre of Cardiovascular and Chronic Care (CCCC), have been at the forefront of critically examining the role and potential of CAM within these health settings. Our work in this broad area, focusing upon cancer care, palliative care, back pain and care, and a range of cardiovascular conditions has received substantial external government support via competitive ARC Discovery and Linkage funding.
Traditional/Indigenous medicine and health care systems
This stream of the ARCCIM research program, which has attracted an ARC Future Fellowship amongst other external funding, is currently based upon projects conducted with research partners in Brazil, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia and Australia. This stream focuses upon examining core health services research questions around the community use of traditional medicines and therapies within both indigenous and non-indigenous populations and patient groups.
CAM practice-based network and health outcomes
ARCCIM is an international leader in designing and conducting national, longitudinal practice-based research programs which focus upon establishing a broad evidence base for practice and examining a range of health outcomes with regards to CAM use and practice.