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Natural and complementary medicine teaching clinic shows Southern Cross University's leadership and vision.

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Media release


The Hon Dr Michael Wooldridge

Minister for Health and Family Services


26 August 1998




Federal Minister for Health and Family Servi ces, Dr Michael Wooldridge, today officially launched the Southern Cross University Natural and Complementary Medicine Teaching Clinic.


Based at Southern Cross University’s Lismore campus, this is the first university-based naturopathic teaching clinic in Australia, and will provide naturopathic services to the university staff and students as well as the broader Northern Rivers community.


Dr Wooldridge said he was impressed by the commitment that Southern Cross University is giving to natural and complementary medicine, which is a growing part of Australia’s health care system alongside more conventional medicine.


“Natural therapies have a very real role in health from a ‘whole of person’ approach, especially in health maintenance, and I am very pleased to see Southern Cross University taking the lead in giving them an academic discipline and a clinical perspective,” Dr Wooldridge said.


“Establishing a teaching clinic to provide a client-service focus to the clinical side of naturopathy is very exciting.


“Apart from the wonderful opportunity this will give students to put the theoretical learning into practice, and develop excellence in clinical work with real patients, this will broaden the services available for the university community and the people living in the region.


“This is a splendid example of higher education reaching out beyond its traditional role and building partnerships that improve the learning and teaching experience.


“Taken together with the Cellulose Valley project, which will be Australia’s first centre for natural medicine research and production, this teaching clinic confirms Southern Cross’ well-deserved reputation as an innovative and visionary university.


“It is commendable that a natural medicine education provider like Southern Cross University is participating in research ventures that will boost quality control measures — and ultimately safety — for using natural and complementary medicines.


“This is an important step for natural medicine - in Australia, and worldwide,” Dr Wooldridge said.


Media contact: Bill Royce, Dr Wooldridge’s office, (02) 6277 7220