The National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) was established to provide leadership and support for strategically directed research into complementary medicine and translation of evidence into clinical practice and relevant policy to benefit the health of all Australians.
NICM's programs encompass all aspects of the research agenda for complementary medicine, from pure basic research in the laboratory; to clinical trials tailored to address the challenges of testing the efficacy of medicines already in use; to the translation of research evidence into clinical practice and community use. NICM researchers have specific strengths in:
- Traditional medicines, and in particular, Traditional Chinese Medicine
- The use of complementary medicine to achieve enhanced outcomes for people with non-communicable diseases (cancers; cardio-vascular disease; dementia; stroke)
- Complementary medicine for individual and community well-being
- Public policy for complementary medicine, including a particular focus on regulatory reform
Initial seed funding for the establishment of NICM (June 2007) included $4 million from the Australian Government and $0.6 million from the NSW Government. The Institute is hosted by Western Sydney University at its Campbelltown campus and is currently funded by the University, industry partners, philanthropy, and research grants and contracts.