Date: 25-08-2017

The National Institute of Integrative Medicine (NIIM) has been named in recent media articles in association with a clinician who practices less than one day a week at NIIM, primarily involved in the care of cancer patients.

The clinician, who primarily practices at another clinic, has been named in these articles as being involved with the anti-vaccine movement.

NIIM’s position is that doctors should practice in accordance with the best possible evidence as outlined by the Australian Immunisation Handbook published by the Department of Health, and other relevant best-practice standards such as the Australian Therapeutic Guidelines the Medical Board of Australia Code of Conduct for Doctors in Australia and the RACGP Clinical Guidelines

NIIM’s publication, Roadmap to Wellness recommends vaccinations as part of standard preventative healthcare (

Doctors practising at NIIM are independent clinicians. NIIM encourages the highest ethical standards of practice in the NIIM Clinic. NIIM will be addressing this issue of concern and reinforcing our position, at a meeting of all clinicians.

For further information about vaccinations, including safety concerns, we refer readers to the Australian Academy of Science publication The Science of Immunisation: Questions and Answers which was co-launched by the Australian Medical Association in October 2016 (

For media enquiries, please contact:
Anna Ryan, EA to NIIM Director Professor Avni Sali