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$5 million for research into complementary medicine.

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MEDIA RELEASE Minister for Health and Ageing

Tony Abbott MHR

23 November 2006 ABB154/06

$5 million for research into complementary medicine

The Commonwealth Government will provide $5 million in funding through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to investigate the use and effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicines.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare statistics show that Australians spend around $1 billion annually on complementary and alternative medicines including vitamin supplements, homeopathic medicines and traditional Asian and indigenous medicines.

This new funding is in addition to the Commonwealth Government’s recent $529 million investment in NHMRC grants for health and medical research.

The NHMRC will call upon researchers to apply for the funds. The application process will be advertised in the national press soon. Applications will be due in February 2007 with successful researchers being notified mid next year.

Media contact: Kristy McSweeney 0415 740 722