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Who Runs ACNEM?
ACNEM is an incorporated association owned by its members. It is run by a Board of Directors which is elected by the members at the Annual General Meeting.
Who can be a Member?
Full membership is open to registered medical doctors and some registered dentists. Associate membership is open to other government-registered health professionals. Other health professionals may apply for membership of the OMAA.
How is ACNEM Funded?
The College receives income from its membership fees, subscriptions to the Journal, its training programs and its book sales. A small amount of money is donated.
Can I make a donation to support the work of the College?
Yes, ACNEM welcomes donations, as it has no external funding.
Does ACNEM Receive Government Funding?
No, ACNEM receives no funding from the Federal Government or from any State Government, nor from any government instrumentality or other organisation. [What is ACNEM?]
Are ACNEM courses open to everyone?
The Primary Course is designed for medical doctors and they form the bulk of enrollees. There are also some places set aside for other health professionals. Anyone wanting to participate should apply, as applications are considered individually.
What are the benefits of the ACNEM training to non-doctors?
The ACNEM Course and STPs cover the principles and application of nutritional and environmental medicine, including clear and concise information on nutritional requirements in various disease states, as well as much nutritional physiology invaluable in all therapies.
Can I train with ACNEM to become a nutritionist or dietician?
ACNEM offers postgraduate courses only. We suggest that if you haven't studied nutrition before and you are not a registered health professional already, you enrol in a tertiary course in nutrition or naturopathy and then do the ACNEM postgraduate training to learn more about nutritional medicine.
Who can attend the Special Training Programs?
While the STPs are designed for those who have completed the Primary Course, the College is now opening them up to other medical doctors as well as other health professionals.
What is the scientific basis for ACNEM's training?
All of the College's training is soundly based on available evidence from the scientific medical literature, as well as on the clinical experience of the lecturers and the Faculty Board.
Why don't all doctors practise Nutritional Medicine?
It is unfortunate that most medical schools devote very little time to teaching the relationship between nutrition and health, despite the overwhelming evidence of the importance of nutrition in maintaining health and fighting disease.
What diseases and conditions can be treated using Nutritional & Environmental Medicine?
Almost all diseases and disease states have a nutritional component and are therefore amenable in part at least to this approach.
What modalities are practised by ACNEM doctors?
The College trains doctors in the use of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine. However, many of our doctors are trained in a range of other modalities, taught by other colleges; e.g. acupuncture, herbal medicine, homoeopathy, etc.
What remedies are used by ACNEM doctors?
ACNEM doctors use a large range of remedies, suited to the patient and the symptoms they are treating.
Where can I find doctors trained by ACNEM?
ACNEM operates a referral service through which patients and practitioners can obtain names and telephone numbers of appropriate doctors trained by the College.
What is ACNEM's role in the Graduate School of Integrative Medicine (GSIM) at Swinburne University of Technology (SUT)?
ACNEM was a joint venture partner with SUT and AIMA in the establishment and running of GSIM.? Much of the teaching material and many of the lecturers/examiners were initially supplied by ACNEM. GSIM has since closed.
How Often is the Journal Published?
The ACNEM Journal (officially known as The Journal of the Australasian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine) is published four times each year - in March, June, September and December.
Can anyone advertise in the ACNEM Journal?
Since the publication of the April 2000 issue, there will be no display advertising in the ACNEM Journal. Classified advertising may be accepted, as well as inserts.
What is ACNEM's relationship with supplement companies and other industry?
ACNEM has a policy of maintaining an "arm's length" relationship with commercial organisations. It invites companies to exhibit at ACNEM educational functions. Apart from this, it has no connection with industry.
Does ACNEM endorse or recommend products or services?
No. As part of its "arm's length" policy and in order to maintain its independence, the College does not give any endorsements of products or services. Companies exhibiting at ACNEM functions are not endorsed by the College.