Integrative oncology in Australia

Daniel Weber*, Janelle M. Wheat, Geoffrey M. Currie

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    Abstract

    The use of alternative medicine (AM) in Australia dates back to its earliest times, with the indigenous medicine of the aboriginal peoples and the folk medicine of the early English settlers. AM has until recently existed quite separately from Western biomedicine (WB) and there has been little integration of the two systems. Now, referred to as complementary medicine (CM), there has been a movement over the last 20 years to include CM in WB mainstream practices. Varying degrees of success have been reported but for the discipline of oncology. Medical oncology (MO) in Australia is demanding CM provide high levels of evidence for any inclusion in cancer protocols. There are just now the beginnings of this integration, particularly as CM is now being taught in the public university system to a PhD level as well as the public demand for their medical doctors to communicate with their CM practitioners. MO specialists are now open to a dialogue with their CM counterparts.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)246-250
    Number of pages5
    JournalChinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
    Volume17
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011

    Keywords

    • alternative medicine
    • complementary and alternative medicine
    • complementary and integrative therapies
    • complementary medicine
    • medical oncology
    • traditional Chinese medicine
    • traditional complementary medicine
    • Western biomedicine

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