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The National Institute of Integrative Medicine aims to bring together teaching, research and practice of Integrative Medicine and its allied activities with the objectives of facilitating improved understanding of the utilisation, safety and limitations, evaluation and development of CAM with mainstream medicine. The Institute is the outcome of many years of expertise gathered from the management of the GSIM at Swinburne University.
NIIM seeks to expand the original mission of GSIM and achieve the following aims:
- To establish quality teaching programs for medical professionals and other allied health personnel.
- To contribute to and support the development of an education and a research culture in CAM which observes the highest ethical standards.
- To facilitate collaborative research into Integrative Medicine, drawing on expertise in CAM and in research methodology.
- To source funding for CAM research and disseminate research findings and to assure students and prospective research industry partners of the highest possible standards, in particular in herbal and other natural medicines.
- To disseminate information about Integrative medicine to those involved with healthcare delivery in all disciplines, researchers, regulatory authorities and the public.
- To establish a wellness clinic that will provide integrative medical care for the best possible health.
- To continue building on our existing education and research activities – to further enhance our innovative reputation.
The primary functions to achieve these objectives are: