Southern Cross University, Australia, Joins Academic Consortium to Advance Integrative Medicine and Health, Health Equity

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The Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health, including 78 of the world’s most renowned academic medical centers and health systems, added Southern Cross University (SCU) in Lismore, New South Wales, Australia, to its global network in 2022, strengthening the movement toward transformative healthcare systems and health equity worldwide.

 “Southern Cross University is a great example of the increasing interest and commitment to this developing field and what it can mean for patients everywhere” says Academic Consortium Chair Francoise Adan, MD. “Their research in support of integrative medicine, impressive range of integrative health services and outreach toward health equity will add to our collective knowledge and opportunities for ensuring optimal health and healing, available to all.”

SCU is a multi-campus university on Australia’s east coast, academic home to approximately 20,000 students across a broad range of disciplines. It is a progressive institution in a region with the highest utilization of integrative health services, in a country with one of the highest utilization rates of integrative health services globally.  SCU’s Faculty of Health (SCU FOH) offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a wide range of health disciplines, including biomedical science, exercise physiology, midwifery, naturopathy, nursing, occupational therapy, osteopathy, pedorthics, podiatry, psychology, speech pathology and sport and exercise science. 

In partnership with the Australasian Society for Lifestyle Medicine, SCU FOH has developed the first accredited Masters of Lifestyle Medicine program in Australia, one of the first in the world.  In compulsory community health placements, conventional and complementary medicine students work with community partners to develop an integrative, interprofessional program aimed at addressing an area of need identified as important by the community (usually a remote or rural underserved community).

“International expansion of the Academic Consortium reflects an increasing worldwide interest in and commitment to integrative medicine,” notes Dr. Adan, “and that means we can look forward to some exciting possibilities for sharing innovative approaches and advancing transformative healthcare and health equity in 2022.”


What is Integrative Medicine and Health: Integrative medicine and health reaffirms the important relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic and lifestyle approaches, healthcare professionals, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.

Who we are: The Academic Consortium is the organizational home for 78 of the world’s most prestigious academic health centers and health systems that have programs in integrative medicine and health.  The Academic Consortium was founded in 1999 by eight academic health centers (Duke University, Harvard University, Stanford University, University of California, San Francisco, University of Arizona, University of Maryland, University of Massachusetts, and the University of Minnesota). The Academic Consortium represents thousands of scientists, educators, clinicians, and other health professionals who share an interest in the field of integrative medicine and health. Member Listing

Our Vision: A transformed healthcare system promoting integrative medicine and health for all.

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