In 2015, the Australian National Health Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) authored a report that designated homeopathy ineffective.
But many serious methodological flaws, procedural irregularities, bias and conflicts of interest have come to light about the whole process. The Australian Homeopathic Association (AHA) has investigated and has taken their report of the serious irregularities to the Council. Because of the nature of the problems that have been uncovered the Council is now having an internal investigation. Probably the most serious being that the head of the NHMRC Homeopathic Working Committee was a member of a pro-pharmaceutical corporate medicine group called FSM.
“AHA, in collaboration with Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA), has been engaged in an active, formal process of making NHMRC accountable for its flawed ‘Review’, which was underpinned by unacceptable bias and conflict of interest. The CMA/ AHA investigation has revealed a number of critical (previously unknown) procedural and methodological irregularities that invalidate the ‘Review’s’ findings. Some of these are of a very disturbing nature, for example the undisclosed fact that a Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM) member was appointed as the initial chair of the ‘Homeopathy Working Committee’ in 2012, concomitant to the NHMRC CEO being personally warned of FSM’s lobbying of NHMRC reviewers to its anti-Complimentary Medicine agenda.”
Such factors, amongst many others, bode well for having the ‘Review’ and its findings permanently set aside, which is AHA/ CMA’s goal.
After a lead-up investigation period, in August 2015 CMA provided NHMRC with a dossier outlining critical methodological flaws, procedural irregularities, bias and conflicts of interest associated with the ‘Review’. This successfully brought NHRMC to the negotiating table on September 17, 2015, under threat of further follow up action underpinned by legal support. At the meeting, attended by representatives from the AHA, CMA and their legal representation, NHMRC agreed to undertake a formal internal review of its processes and consider a detailed (61-page) submission prepared by CMA/ AHA detailing these irregularities. NHMRC is currently undertaking this internal review.
AHA appreciates members’ and supporters’ patience in this matter. Now that a formal complaints process has been initiated via NHMRC, AHA is more able to keep everyone informed of progress with this situation as it develops.
To this end National Council has set up a Sponsorship Program to financially support our legal costs in the ongoing process outlined above. Any contribution you can make to this fund will directly support these ongoing activities and will make a real difference. For more information please visit the website.” —http://www.homeopathyoz.org
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