Doctors furious over uni 'quackery'

IT appears the great debate regarding alternative medicine is far from over.

This week, 34 of Australia's most prominent doctors, medical researchers and scientists voiced their concern that the public are at risk of being misled about health treatments.

This outcry arose from the announcement that another Australian university announces plans to teach an "Alternative" medicine course as if it were science.

In August, Central Queensland University announced their decision to offer a chiropractor degree at their Mackay campus from 2012.

The decision met mixed reviews, with many doctors and scientists writing to CQU in protest over what they regard as a trend to offer courses in the sciences and health that are not supported by valid scientific evidence.

They maintain such initiatives diminish the academic reputation of participating institutes and Australian science as they give credibility to pseudoscience or blatant anti-science.

Professor Marcello Costa from Flinders University said, "It encourages the spread of quackery within the Australian Health System, misuses the public's health dollars, encourages unnecessary treatments' and may delay effective treatment when true disease is present."

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