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PRESS STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR HEALTH, 'DR D.N. EVERINGHAM

. ACUPUNCTURE STUDY .

A three-man Australian medical team will leave on Sunday (September 23)

to carry Out an overseas study of acupuncture for the National Health and

Medical Research Council.

The study will take them to China for three weeks during October

and November, where they will observe the practice of acupuncture.

The team is Dr Maurice Sainsbury, Director of the New South Wales

Institute of Psychiatry, Professor D. Joseph, Professor of Anaesthetics at the

University of Sydney and Professor J.G. McLeod, Associate Professor of Medicine,

University of Sydney ( a neurologist).

Apart from China the team will visit Korea, Hong Kong and the

United States.

The Minister for Health, Dr D.N. Everingham, said today the team's

findings would be considered by the N.H.M.R.C. and a report would be published.

He said that following the team's report, consideration would be given

to the possibility of a team of Chinese acupuncturists visiting Australia to

demonstrate acupuncture methods.

Dr Everingham said that while there were many "anecdotal" reports of

acupuncture as a method of obtaining analgesia for some surgical procedures in.

some patients, there had been little in the way of scientific evaluation of it

in the. treatment of disease and disability, including deafness and chronic pain.

The N.H.M.R.C. study would provide a more reliable appraisal of the

method.

Earlier today in Canberra, Dr Everingham had informal discussions with a

group of Chinese health officials who are visiting Australia.

Canberra, September 19, 1973· Dept. No.