Complementary and Alternative Medicines Project
In a response to issues raised by the COSA membership around complementary medicines COSA has established a Complementary and Integrative Therapies (CIT) interest group with expertise from a range of different areas, as well as a working group to help oversee COSA initiatives in this area.
A toolkit has been developed for members to:
- promote evidence-based information about complementary therapies to patients and health professionals;
- encourage oncology health professionals to engage in discussion with patients about complementary therapies;
- develop and promote guidelines and minimum standards for delivery of complementary therapies; and
- utilise and build on existing resources and avoid duplication.
Members also have free online access to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. The Natural Medicines Database provides members with up-to-date, evidence-based, scientific, clinical information on complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies. Updated daily by qualified pharmacists, the database provides answers on safety, effectiveness, adverse reactions and drug interactions.
Additional information on this interest group, the toolkit and the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database can be found in the members’ area of the website.