A new model for the regulation of complementary and alternative medicine in Australia

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The fundamental aim of any regulatory system for professional services should be the provision of quality professional services that serve the public interest. The public interest element is paramount to determine what services are regulated and how those services are regulated. This thesis suggests that the current regulatory structure is dominated by the public interest as defined by orthodox medicine (OM). This has skewed the regulatory structure against consumer choices that favour greater reliance upon complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). A postmodernist perspective suggests the need to revisit the current regulatory structure to embrace perspectives on health derived from individuality and personal empiricism free of the modernist outlook characteristic of OM.
Date of Award2004
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorMichael Lupton (Supervisor)

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