The regulation of complementary health: sacrificing integrity?

Malcolm H Parker
Med J Aust 2003; 179 (6): 316-318.


  • In response to the increasing use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), governments are exploring ways to ensure patients’ safety and respond to complaints.

  • One solution is to establish registration boards and procedures based on the model of existing health practitioner Acts.

  • Registration will require defined minimum standards for competence, which will have to be based on scientific evidence.

  • As scientific evidence accumulates, these modalities are likely to lose their identities as “alternative” and become assimilated into Western medicine.

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  • Malcolm H Parker

  • School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Herston, QLD.


Competing interests:

None identified.

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