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Australia funds National Institute for Complementary Medicine at the University of Western Sydney

The National Institute for Complementary Medicine at the University of Western Sydney will receive funding from the Australian government.

Research will be undertaken in NSW in an effort to broaden the scientific community's understanding of complementary therapies and alternate medicines.

Science Minister Verity Firth said the Government would provide $600,000 to fast-track the establishment of the National Institute for Complementary Medicine at the University of Western Sydney.

This supplements the $4 million committed by the Federal Government.

Ms Firth said Australians spent up to $2 billion on complementary medicines annually, with three quarters of people using at least one product.

"With so many people turning to complementary and alternative medicines, the development of a rigorous scientific basis for their ongoing use is absolutely essential," she said.

"There is a strong public interest in establishing the safety and effectiveness of complementary medicines."

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