The Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM) is leading an extensive program of empirical research focused upon a wide range of substantive issues around complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) 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.
Positioned within the Discipline of Public Health, research conducted at ARCCIM examines CIM use in women’s health in Australia, especially for pregnancy, back pain, cancer care and allergies; CIM and palliative care; CIM’s impact on primary health care; CIM for chronic illness and ageing; as well as issues of health policy and law regarding CIM.
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.
Areas of research
Complementary and alternative medicine health policy, regulation and legislative issues
This research stream focuses on examining policy, regulatory and legislative issues associated with the increasing impact of CIM 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 CIM.
Complementary and alternative medicine workforce and professional practice issues
ARCCIM has been instrumental in identifying and examining a range of CIM practitioner workforce and internal professional issues. This body of work focuses upon charting the coverage/provision of CIM practitioner serves and exploring a range of significant challenges and issues facing CIM practitioner groups including research literacy and engagement with evidence, professional training and inter-professional communication and relations.
Complementary and alternative medicine /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 CIM and CIM practitioners. ARCCIM researchers have also been leading the critical examination of the integration of CIM within conventional primary health care and community health care settings.
Health economics of complementary and alternative medicine
ARCCIM senior researchers have been at the forefront of advancing the health economics investigation of CIM. 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.
Complementary and alternative medicine use and practice in rural and urban health
ARCCIM researchers have focused upon the role and use of CIM within rural health care, have explored CIM practice and provision in both rural and urban settings and have provided international leadership in the health geography of CIM in partnership with national and overseas partners. This research has attracted significant NHMRC competitive project funding.
Complementary and alternative medicine 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 CIM with regards to pregnancy, menopause and other key women’s health issues.
Complementary and alternative medicine use and practice in ageing
A major component of the ARCCIM research program has focused upon the use of CIM amongst older adults, examining both self-prescribed CIM product use and CIM 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.
Complementary and alternative medicine 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 have been at the forefront of critically examining the role and potential of CIM 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.
Complementary and alternative medicine 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 CIM use and practice.