01.Homeopathy 'not effective'
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released for public consultation the NHMRC Draft Information Paper on the Evidence of Homeopathy – the summary of a rigorous assessment into the available research on the effectiveness of homeopathy for treating 68 health conditions.
The exhaustive survey of the evidence, undertaken over several years, concludes that there is no reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective for treating health conditions and no plausible scientific explanation as to why it should work.
Critics of homeopathy have welcomed the report, noting that Australia is the latest of many countries whose governments have determined homeopathy to be an ineffective treatment.
“If homeopathy actually did work,” pointed out Professor Rob Morrison, “the well-established, scientifically-validated principles of chemistry, physics, physiology and pharmacology must all be wrong.”
In light of the report, Professor John Dwyer, president of Friends of Science in Medicine, has called for an end to measures that give homeopathy credibility it doesn’t deserve, claiming it could lead to savings of $8m annually in annual health care expenditure.
“Homeopathic preparations should not be available in our pharmacies, no private health insurer should provide any rebate for homeopathy and those few universities that lower our scientific standards by providing credibility for homeopathy in their health courses should cease doing so immediately,” he says.
Public submissions for the paper close on 26 May 2014.