Chinese Medicine Board departs for China on the Australia-China Council Grant Project

05 May 2017

A Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (the Board) delegation departs for China on Sunday (7 May 2017) thanks to funding support from an Australia-China Council (ACC) Grant.

The grant is enabling the Board’s first ever visit to China, the origin of Chinese medicine, which will take in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong (SAR – Special Administrative Region).

‘We are looking forward to this trip and the benefit to our ongoing work applying a risk-based approach to policy development and implementation,’ Chinese Medicine Board of Australia Chair, Professor Charlie Xue, said.

‘In the interest of the Australian community, this is a valuable opportunity to share learning, build relationships and gather information in partnership with other international authorities that regulate Chinese medicine practice.’

Professor Xue said the Board hoped one outcome of the visit would be increased information sharing between the two countries and regulatory systems.

‘Through talking to and developing relationships with international regulators we hope to establish a network that strengthens our respective roles of protecting the public,’ he said.

‘As technology changes and collaborative models of care evolve, we need to ensure that Chinese medicine practitioners of the future are being well prepared for multidisciplinary clinical practice with a clear focus on public safety and patient outcomes.’

Professor Xue said the delegation looked forward to sharing its learnings with the profession upon its return.

A selection of Board members will represent the Board on the trip with visits to a number of local hospitals and health authorities planned, including the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Shanghai University of TCM, the Shanghai Association of TCM Medical Doctors and the Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong.

The Board will prepare a travel report after returning to Australia.

Background

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Australia-China Council (ACC) Grants Program strengthens links between Australia and China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan by supporting innovative activities to promote mutual understanding and foster stronger relations.

More information about the ACC, the grants program and the full list of successful grant recipients is available on the Australia-China Council website.

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