Traditional medicine partnerships: fostering two way exchange of knowledge, skills and capacity strengthening

J. F. Jamie, S. R. Vemulpad, M. Kichu, U. Kuzhiumparambil, R. Velmurugan

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Traditional medicinal knowledge possessed by Indigenous people is a significant resource, as exemplified by traditional medicines being the primary healthcare for ∼80% of people in developing countries and their study being a successful drug discovery avenue. The Indigenous Bioresources Research Group of Macquarie University Sydney Australia, work in collaborative partnership with Indigenous people to document and preserve first hand traditional medicinal knowledge; identify flora of significant medicinal potential and evaluate their effectiveness using biological assays; identify the major bioactive components responsible for the medicinal properties of the flora; and provide capacity strengthening opportunities for the Indigenous partners and their communities. The Indigenous Bioresources Research Group has well established partnerships with Aboriginal Elders of northern New South Wales, Australia, and Indian traditional custodians. This paper provides an overview of the importance of traditional medicinal knowledge and a brief review on traditional 'bush medicines' of New South Wales. It additionally presents the methodologies employed and some cultural, scientific and educational goals and achievements of the Indigenous Bioresources Research Group through showcasing of three major partnerships of the group, i.e., with Yaegl Aboriginal people of New South Wales Australia, a Siddha Medical Practitioner of Chennai, Southern India, and Chungtia villagers of Nagaland, North East India. These case studies particularly highlight the immense reward that truly collaborative partnerships between academics and Indigenous communities can bring, including the two-way exchange of knowledge and skills and various capacity strengthening outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISHS Acta Horticulturae 1126
Subtitle of host publicationXXIX International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture: Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes (IHC2014): Plenary Sessions of IHC2014 and VII International Symposium on Education, Research Training and Consultancy
EditorsR McConchie, B Jones, J Stanley, P Batt, R Drew
Place of PublicationBrisbane
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9789462611368
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2016
Event XXIX International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture - Brisbane, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 17 Aug 201422 Aug 2014


Conference XXIX International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture


  • Antibacterial activity
  • Chungtia village
  • Customary knowledge
  • Ethical engagement
  • Medicinal flora
  • Siddha medicine
  • Yaegl country


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