Endeavour College of Natural Medicine
Endeavour College of Natural Health is an established and well-recognised higher education institution which has been in the field of complementary medicine (CM) for 35 years which offers diverse activities and aspirations centring on the promotion of exceptional CM practitioners. It is also the largest national higher education institution for naturopathic training in Australia. Research is a vital element in Endeavour’s commitment to the naturopathic profession and the Office of Research at Endeavour is responsible for bringing these aspirations to fruition. The Office of Research is a collaborative partnership with the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM) at the University of Technology Sydney Australia. The Office of Research vision is to disseminate and critically examine all aspects of contemporary CM practice through the application of rigorous and robust empirical research.
To date the Office of Research has undertaken a variety of CM research such as:
- Practitioner Research and Collaboration Initiative (PRACI). PRACI is the largest national practice-based research network (PBRN) for complementary healthcare practitioners in the world and the only known PBRN with a core membership of naturopaths. The essence of PRACI is to support the development of new research based on real clinical questions and grass-roots approaches in CM. It provides an opportunity for CM practitioners to support practitioner-driven research relevant to practice.
- Training naturopathic practitioners in the new millennium. This project is an international research collaboration between Endeavour College of Natural Health and the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR, USA. The project explores the challenges and opportunities facing institutions responsible for the education of naturopathic practitioners in contemporary health systems. This project will further examine significant topics relating to the interface between science and tradition for contemporary naturopathic education and the methods utilised to deliver education training.
- Health-related behaviour and decision-making regarding CM use during preconception.
There are significant gaps in our understanding of the current preconception care practices of women attempting to conceive in Australia. Important factors which may influence women’s decision-making towards preconception care including CM use. This study explores these important issues using an established nationally-representative sample.
The Office of Research is a vanguard of practitioner-driven research in Australia through both directly undertaking practice-relevant research projects, as well as providing funding for others to examine research questions which are meaningful to practice.
Additional projects and initiatives can be found on the Office of Research website.