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April 04, 2008

Australian Government Supports Alternative Medicine Research

Australia will provide enough funding to create three new research collaborative groups to research various aspects of alternative medicines with the goal of "bridging the gap" between current alternative medicine usage and quantitative research.

"More than $2 billion is spent nationally, with up to two-thirds of the Australian adult population using at least one product and one in four using complementary medicine services," Senator McLucas said in a statement.

"There is growing testimony that complementary medicine can make a significant, cost-effective contribution to public health in chronic disease management and in preventative care.

"Until now there has been a gap between those who believe in and use complementary medicine, and the strength of the evidence to support that use. Today's announcement is intended to help bridge the gap."

The complete story is located at the The Australian news.

Posted by mpence at April 4, 2008 08:38 PM