Australian Homoeopathic Association Advice On NHMRC’s First Report on Homoeopathy

AHA Bulletin 149             29 August 2019

On 20 August, the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) finally released its first report on homoeopathy, produced in 2012.

After years of NHMRC’s refusing to release the report and even denying its existence, researchers, decision-makers and the general public can finally see the full draft of the 2012 Homeopathy Review, in which the author concluded that there is “encouraging evidence for the effectiveness of homoeopathy” in five medical conditions.

It is also interesting to note the clarification provided in the introductory cover sheet by NHMRC CEO Prof Anne Kelso, that NHMRC’s second Homeopathy Review published in 2015 “did not conclude that homeopathy was ineffective”, despite claims to that effect in media reports and by anti-homoeopathy campaigners.

The 2012 draft report, The Effectiveness of Homeopathy: an overview review of secondary evidence, which can be viewed here, has been heavily annotated by the NHMRC. It is left to our readers to judge those annotations on their merit and question themselves why the NHMRC considered it necessary to add them.

Rachel Roberts, Chief Executive of the Homeopathy Research Institute (HRI UK) comments, “For over three years NHMRC have refused to release their 2012 draft report on homeopathy, despite Freedom of Information requests and even requests by members of the Australian Senate. To see this document finally seeing the light of day is a major win for transparency and public accountability in research.” The HRI, which has been the AHA’s supporter and co-author of its complaint to the Commonwealth Ombudsman, will carefully scrutinise the report in the coming weeks.

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