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In 2016 the Australian Research Centre for Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM) selected the first naturopaths to be awarded Fellowships with ARCCIM/University of Technology Sydney.

Eleven naturopaths were selected from a field of over 40 international applicants. The successful fellows already had early research careers and the fellowship provides mentoring and support for further research and publication.

Jacka Foundation of Natural Therapies (JFNT)/Blackmore Foundation/BioCeuticals – UTS:ARCCIM Partnership

In conjunction with the Blackmore Foundation and BioCeuticals, the Jacka Foundation also supports Dr Amie Steel and Dr Wenbo Pang, Research Fellows whose work focuses on naturopathy and related natural therapies. In the last three years these outstanding researchers, in conjunction with naturopathy research fellows from the program described above, have achieved the following outputs:

  • a total of 105 academic publications;
  • 91 published/in press peer-reviewed journal articles;
  • 13 published/in press book chapters;
  • 1 international research book
  • 1 Journal Special Issue (focused upon Naturopathy)
  • Chaired the International Congress of Complementary Medicine Research (ICCMR), 2019

A small selection of their 2020 publications follows:


Steel A, Foley H, Bradley R, Van De Venter C, Lloyd I, Schloss J, Wardle J (2020) Overview of international naturopathic practice and patient characteristics: results from a cross-sectional study in 14 countries. BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 20 (1), 1-12
James PB, Wardle J, Steel A, Adams J (2020) An assessment of Ebola-related stigma and its association with informal healthcare utilisation among Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone: a cross-sectional study. BMC public health 20 (1), 182
J Harnett, K Oakes, J Carè, M Leach, D Brown, H Cramer, TA Pinder (2020) The effects of Sambucus nigra berry on acute respiratory viral infections: a rapid review of clinical studies. Advances in Integrative Medicine
A Steel, J Schloss, H Diezel, PJ Palmgren, JB Maret, M Filbet (2020) Complementary medicine visits by palliative care patients: a cross-sectional survey. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
B Ryan, J Schloss, D Brown, D Celis, J Finnell, R Hedo, V Honcharov (2020) The effects of Vitamin D on acute viral respiratory infections: a rapid review. Advances in Integrative Medicine
S Prall, EJ Bowles, K Benett, CG Cooke, T Agnew, A Steel, T Hausser (2020) Effects of essential oils on symptoms and course (duration and severity) of viral respiratory infections in humans: A rapid review. Advances in integrative medicine
J Schloss, M Leach, D Brown, N Hannan, P Kendall-Reed, A Steel (2020) The effects of N-acetyl cysteine on acute viral respiratory infections in humans: A rapid review. Advances in Integrative Medicine
A Steel, J Schloss, M Leach, J Adams (2020) The naturopathic profession in Australia: A secondary analysis of the Practitioner Research and Collaboration Initiative (PRACI). Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 40, 101220
Amie Steel, Wenbo Peng, Alastair Gray, Jon Adams. The role and influence of traditional and scientific knowledge in naturopathic education: a qualitative study. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 2019;25:196-201.
Hyangsook Lee, Wenbo Peng, Amie Steel, Rebecca Reid, David Sibbritt, Jon Adams. Complementary and alternative medicine research in practice-based research networks: A critical review. Complementary Therapies in Medicine 2019;43:7-19.
Amie Steel, Brett Vaughan, Paul Orrock, Wenbo Peng, Michael Fleischmann, Sandra Grace, Roger M. Engel, David Sibbritt, Jon Adams. Prevalence and profile of Australian osteopaths treating older people. Complementary Therapies in Medicine 2019;43:125-130.

To meet the naturopathy research fellows and learn more about the international naturopathy research and leadership program see:  The ARCCIM Naturopathy Program 2017 brochure