Position Papers and Articles










AIMA response to the Review of the Australian Government Rebate on Private Health Insurance for Natural Therapies

In the 2012/2013 Budget, the previous Government tasked the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Baggoley AO, with undertaking a review of certain natural therapies to determine whether or not these therapies should continue to attract the Australian Government Rebate on private health insurance.  The final report was released in November. It is difficult to properly appraise the findings and conclusions made due to significant methodological weaknesses...



Australasian Integrative Medicine Association Position Paper on Mercury Amalgam

From current available scientific evidence, it is clear that adverse health effects from mercury cannot be ruled out in a small and more susceptible part of the exposed population.

AIMA supports international moves to phase out and ban the use mercury in the health care sector to reduce risks to human health and in the environment from the release of mercury and its compounds…


RACGP AIMA Position Statement

It has been estimated from a South Australian Survey that in 2000 approximately 52% of the Australian population used complementary medicines and that 23% consulted practitioners of complementary medicine. This represents an estimated out of pocket spending of $2.3 billion which is a 62% increase since 1993 and four times the out of pocket spending on pharmaceutical drugs…


Long Consultations and Quality of Care

The AIMA advocates for the integration of ethical, natural, and evidence-based, non-pharmaceutical, interventions into medical practice, and supports a holistic approach to medical practice that promotes physical, social, psychological and spiritual well-being. As these approaches require considerable consultation time the AIMA advocates for doctors to spend more time with patients with chronic illness using long and prolonged consultations.

This position is supported by mounting evidence that suggests there is a direct relationship between consultation length and the quality of care. There is currently an expanding body of evidence to suggest that doctors with longer consultation times…


Sale of Complementary Medicines

There are many Complementary Medicine (CM) products available in Australia all of which are regulated the same way as pharmaceutical medicines, are assessed for
their quality and safety, and controlled for the therapeutic claims the company can make.

They also have variable evidence relating to their efficacy with some CM
products having little or no data about their efficacy while others have evidence that their efficacy for specific conditions is at least as good or superior to pharmaceutical


AIMA Climate Change and Health Position Statement Nov 2009

The Lancet’s 2009 commission into the potential health impacts of climate change highlighted the particular threats facing our current healthcare systems and also outlined
potential strategies to combat these threats. AIMA agrees with the statement that, “Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century…the effects of climate change on health will affect most populations in the next decades and put the lives and wellbeing of billions of people at increased risk2.”…


Organic Produce

The provision of a safe, nutritionally rich and secure food supply chain is a major challenge. Recently, public concern for human wellbeing, environmental protection, animal welfare, and food safety and security has raised debate over the relative advantages or disadvantages of organic food production systems.

At the same time industrialised ‘conventional’ food production methods have come under scrutiny for their high energy, water and chemical inputs; worldwide contamination of the food chain and water supply with pesticide residues and nitrates; and reduced nutrient and sensory qualities from intensive low-cost food production and extensive milling or processing…

Prepared by Liza Oates and Prof Marc Cohen


Needs Analysis for education in Integrative and Complementary Medicine for general practitioners in Australia

The purpose of the Needs Analysis document is to clarify the need for ongoing education for general practitioners in the field of Integrative Medicine.

The evidence suggests there is widespread use of complementary medicine and therapies by individuals in Australia and the majority of general practitioners currently lack adequate knowledge in this area to provide evidence-based, holistic, quality care to patients. We welcome feedback and respectful dialogue on this important area of healthcare…

by V Kotsirilos, G Singleton, E Warneke and members of the RACGP/AIMA joint working party



Homoeopathy is a specific system of medicine developed nearly 200 years ago in Germany by a leading medical physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1834).

The principle of homoeopathy was first recognised by Hippocrates, who noticed that herbs given in low doses tended to cure the same symptoms that they themselves produced when given in toxic doses…



The AIMA is an independent not for profit organisation of individual medical practitioners seeking to provide whole person medical care by integrating evidence-based complementary medicine into mainstream practice.

AIMA is supported by its membership and governed by a Board of voluntary doctors and academic leaders in the field of integrative medicine. According to a national survey of Australian GPs by the National Prescribing Service in 2008, there is rising number of Australian GPs, over 30%, practising Integrative Medicine (IM) and CMs and the majority of doctors (>80%) surveyed requested more education in IM and CM.1 This survey also highlighted less than 40% of GPs were aware of adverse reactions associated with commonly prescribed CMs…




Landmark study released on potential impact of Complementary Medicines on healthcare costs