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Vitamins, supplements and intelligent ageing

By Miho Kikuchi

They say that grey hair is a symbol of wisdom. This is so true as many Australian seniors are now taking a more proactive approach to their own healthcare by doing independent research to stay healthy and active. 

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This week Down Under

Baby of the family is least likely to be breastfed

By RJ Whitehead

A family’s youngest child is most likely to miss out on breastfeeding, according to an Australian study that also found that a woman’s education level and the number of children she has also affect its likelihood.

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Food Vision Asia 2016 preview

Vitamins to Asia: The new Australian minerals boom

By RJ Whitehead

In just two years, Australia’s complementary medicines industry has grown from A$2.3bn (US$1.7bn) to A$4.2bn (US$3.1), with increasing acceptance and demand from consumers, both at home and abroad. 

Australian complementary health: State of the industry 2015

Interview with Carl Gibson, chief executive of Complementary Medicines Australia

Australian complementary health: State of the industry 2015

By RJ Whitehead

Although a jolly affair, the Complementary Medicines Australia annual conference a year ago took place to a backdrop of concern over the so-called race to the bottom in consumer preventative health.

Quality is more than compliance

Guest article

Quality is more than compliance

By Ian Chant

The provision of high quality products is fundamental to the goal of the complementary medicines industry of enhancing consumers’ health.

Benjamin Franklin depicted as a member of the Union Fire Company

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An ounce of prevention…

By Carl Gibson, chief executive of Complementary Medicines Australia

Benjamin Franklin’s quote that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is often used when referring to health, though he originally meant it in the context of fire safety. 

Sydney University will be home to the new seat

Australia

Blackmores-sponsored research post polarises scientific opinion

By RJ Whitehead

The decision by Blackmores, the well-known Australian supplements company, to fund alternative medicine research at Sydney Univeristy has sparked a debate into whether universities should accept money from corporations to fund research.

GPs need schooling in complementary medicines

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GPs need schooling in complementary medicines

By Carl Gibson, chief executive of Complementary Medicines Australia

General practitioners need to gain a better understanding of complementary medicines, especially now that the Australian health minister, Sussan Ley, has announced a collaborative governance arrangement for future GP training. 

The Abbott government is looking to cut red tape in the medicines industry

Australia

Complementary health comes in from the cold

By RJ Whitehead

Complementary medicine may have been welcomed back to the fold after an official review panel added a new chapter on alternative health to the landmark discussion document on healthcare deregulation it released last year.

Complementary medicines could save A$3bn from healthcare bill

Australia

Complementary medicines could save A$3bn from healthcare bill

By RJ Whitehead

Speaking at the complementary medicines industry’s national conference Sydney, the chief executive of Complementary Medicines Australia welcomed a report by Frost & Sullivan to show a robust link between some complementary medicines with the reduced...

Oz lawmakers urged to be more complementary towards healthcare Budget

Oz lawmakers urged to be more complementary towards healthcare Budget

By RJ Whitehead

Ahead of the Australian national Budget next week, the Complementary Healthcare Council has called on lawmakers to move away from what it calls a “short-sighted slash-and-burn approach” and adopt a long-term focus of endorsing complementary treatments.

Complementary medicine's hardman says it's time to focus on positives

Profile: Carl Gibson, CEO of Complementary Healthcare Council, Australia

Complementary medicine's hardman says it's time to focus on positives

By RJ Whitehead

For somebody who is often seen to be “slamming” an unfavourable study, or “hitting back” at research showing complementary medicine in a negative light, Carl Gibson is in a less belligerent mood today. 

Regulations are anything but complementary

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Regulations are anything but complementary

By Dr Wendy Morrow, executive director, Complementary Healthcare Council of Australia

Something is not right when regulators increasingly opt to assess complementary medicines against medical criteria—in much the same way as pharmaceutical drugs are assessed. 

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