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Homeopathy Review

NHMRC is reviewing the evidence for the effectiveness of homeopathy. The assessment of the evidence comprises a systematic review of available systematic reviews (an overview) on the effectiveness of homeopathy in treating a variety of clinical conditions in humans and a report on evidence submitted to the NHMRC prior to the commencement of the review. NHMRC also considered published guidelines and other government reports.

The findings of the assessment of the evidence have informed the development of an NHMRC draft Information Paper on homeopathy.

Homeopathy Review: Assessment of the evidence - Effectiveness of Homeopathy for Clinical Conditions

NHMRC commissioned this assessment of the evidence to determine the effectiveness of homeopathy for clinical conditions. The assessment was undertaken by independent reviewers from OptumInsight™ (Health Technology Analysts) and was guided by NHMRC’s Homeopathy Working Committee.

The assessment of the evidence is presented in two documents: the Overview Report, a systematic review of available systematic reviews (an overview) on the effectiveness of homeopathy in treating a variety of clinical conditions in humans; and the Review of Submitted Literature, a review of evidence submitted to NHMRC from homeopathy stakeholder groups and members of the public prior to the commencement of the evaluation.

The Australasian Cochrane Centre conducted an independent Methodological Review of the Overview Report and its supporting documents to confirm that an appropriate and rigorous approach had been taken.

Homeopathy Working Committee

A Homeopathy Working Committee has been established to advise on this work. The committee membership includes researchers and experts in evidence-based medicine and complementary medicine.

NHMRC draft Information Paper on homeopathy

The NHMRC draft Information Paper was released for public consultation from 9 April to 2 June 2014.

Interested organisations and individuals were invited to respond to specific questions in relation to the draft Information Paper, via the NHMRC public consultation website.

Submissions received during public consultation, along with comments received from independent experts in evidence-based medicine and/or complementary medicine will be considered by the Homeopathy Working Committee in finalising the Information Paper.

If you have any queries regarding the homeopathy review, please contact NHMRC at ComplementaryMedicine@nhmrc.gov.au.