NICM Health Research Institute, Westmead

We are the science of integrative medicine.

Western Sydney University’s NICM Health Research Institute is Australia’s global leader in integrative and complementary medicine research and policy. As an Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 5 rating institute, we are globally recognised for our world-class research and innovations in integrative and complementary medicine. We are committed to social responsibility and the highest degree of integrity, ethics, and scientific enquiry. From the bench to the bedside, preclinical, clinical and translational, we advance the evidence-base, focusing on quality, safety, efficacy and how medicine works.


6 March 2024
Western Sydney University's NICM Health Research Institute (NICM) has welcomed a major philanthropic donation of $10 million from the Blackmore Family Foundation, Marcus and Caroline Blackmore's personal philanthropic trust.

14 February 2024
Western Sydney University has been awarded a 2023 MRFF Clinician Researchers – Applied Research in Health grant to improve cancer outcomes in people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, under the leadership of Associate Professor Carolyn Ee, Principal Research Fellow at NICM Health Research Institute.

9 November 2023
The Australian’s 2024 Research Magazine has ranked NICM Health Research Institute as Australia’s leading research institution in the field of Alternative and Traditional Medicine. In addition, NICM HRI's Professor Jerome Sarris has been honoured as the top researcher in Natural Medicines and Medicinal Plants.



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The $6 billion per annum complementary medicines manufacturing industry stands at a crucial crossroads: maintain the status quo or invest in catalysing industry growth by capturing greater market share of the rapidly expanding global market.

You are invited to the inaugural National Symposium on Australian Traditional Medicine hosted by NICM HRI Western Sydney University in collaboration with Australian National University. The symposium will gather First Peoples of Australia, policy makers, regulators, academics and researchers aiming to showcase the development and achievements in Australian traditional medicine, discuss the current issues and challenges, and foster strong partnerships and collaborations. Find out more