Naturopathic centre drives new disease fight

Giving Day for the The National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine.
The National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine is seeking to change the conversation on how we treat disease. Pictured are Clinical Trials Fellow Dr Janet Schloss (right) and PhD student Nicole Hannan. | Photo: Supplied by Southern Cross University.

The National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) is aiming to “change the conversation” on health as it explores enhanced natural treatments for a wide range of diseases.

NCNM Foundation Director Professor Jon Wardle said the centre, established in 2020 at Southern Cross University, was focused on meaningful change in healthcare.

Since its inception it has conducted clinical trials on naturopathic treatments for diabetes, brain cancer and Parkinson’s Disease.

This was in addition to ongoing research on health options around disaster management and mental health, veteran care and lifestyle modification.

NCNM researchers had also contributed to public health reports on self-care, advocacy in health policy and legislation, COVID and First Nations medicines.

“What matters to us is that we change the conversation on health,” Professor Wardle said. “We are committed to helping the patient be an active part of their treatment journey.”

The NCNM has launched its first-ever giving campaign with the goal of raising $100,000 by May 24, 2024.

The funding will help the NCNM continue its ground-breaking work in education, research and advocacy.

The foundation was originally established off the back of a donation from the Blackmore Foundation, paving the way for the NCNM to establish itself as a leader in integrative healthcare.

Director of the Blackmore Foundation Marcus Blackmore AM, who was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Southern Cross University in 2006 said: “We have a responsibility to respond to the growing health care needs of Australia and evidence-based natural medicine will play an increasingly active role in that response.”

The NCNM offers a comprehensive training program in naturopathic, lifestyle and integrative medicine.

This includes a clinical training program which combines the Bachelor of Health Science (Health and Lifestyle) followed by the Master of Naturopathic Medicine to become a clinical naturopath, as well as a suite of postgraduate courses in Advanced Naturopathic Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine and Integrative Medicine.

A free, public lecture in Byron Bay on blending traditional knowledge with cutting edge science will be held to coincide with the giving campaign on Wednesday, May 22.

Donate online to the National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine Giving Day


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