How did Western Sydney University (WSU) react to my serious warnings regarding the operational matters at the NICM?

After the many conversations and numerous letters that I’ve sent WSU management regarding the seriously flawed operational matters at the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM), one might think that they will at least be looking into this matter. At the very least! That they are reluctant to do so is quite clear. They have remained eerily quiet even after I approached the state and federal ministers of health, the NHMRC, TGA etc. and after I started to expose what they are up to with this Blog – with my plight even making it into the newspapers.

A short recap. How is it possible that one person gets jailed for using a “medicine” whilst a professor at WSU receives accolades for promoting the exact same “medicine”? And this is happening in the same country under the watchful eye of the same regulator. Yes, it is about homeopathy again (and all other similar imaginative “inventions”). You have to be an excellent salesman, without any conscience, if you can sell water to a child for protection against malaria – I have to give them that. And it is not that they do not know what is going on, they know exactly what is going on. You can find an extensive explanation of this fascinating paradox here. Thus the question is; have WSU seen the light, did they investigate this matter, what is the management of WSU currently up to? Or are they just lying low until the dust blows over.

Let’s see.

I always dread looking at the NICM’s newsletters or any of their major sponsors websites, such as the Jacka Foundation, simply because it makes my blood boil. I always ask myself; how is it possible that these people can get away with it! It is as if they are drugged and that they are occupying a parallel universe where strange natural laws exist (obviously drugged with a real drug and not a homeopathic one). Sometimes my curiosity does get the better of me, so with trembling hands I recently ventured into the alternate universe of the Jacka Foundation’s website – and they never seem to disappoint!

One report on their website gave me a very clear answer as to what the WSU’s management are up to regarding the NICM.  Here is the title on Jacka’s website: “Judy Jacka receives Honorary Fellowship from Western Sydney University” The title on WSU’s website: “Leading Australians honoured by Western Sydney University”. Here is a short excerpt from the acceptance speech (full speech is also interesting) “Observations indicated that a synthesis of vitamins, minerals, herbs and homeopathy enabled individuals to overcome many acute and chronic disorders. I was inspired to help in the school, and from 1972 we gradually raised the standards in the medical and science areas. In the same year I started my own clinical practice. My aim was to practise integrative medicine by not only using the synthesis mentioned above, but including energy work when appropriate, plus teaching meditation”.

Yes, this speech was given in 2016 and, yes, WSU has given an award and called someone a leading Australian who practices homeopathy, energy healing etc. The “bent spoon nomination” for WSU and the NICM is thus warranted. The interesting aspects regarding this honorary fellowship are:

  1. The vice chancellor, Barney Glover, is standing next to this lady and he tells all the bright eyed students, with a straight face, that WSU is a world-class research led and student centred university.
  2. Apparently WSU is not that good with maths. Judy Jacka donated $500k / annum for the NICM whilst the NICM costs the WSU (the taxpayer) $2+ million/annum. A deficit of $1.5+ million/annum.
  3. With this deficit in mind Barney Glover has also destroyed their scientific credibility (research and training) of WSU by bestowing this honorary fellowship on quacks with money.
  4. The WSU has now opened the door for anyone who has a bit of money to buy their way into a University. The WSU’s desperation is evident.

It has been said many times before that universities are under tremendous financial pressure and the only way to survive is thus to increase their income and/or decrease their expenditures.

The NICM (formerly known as CompleMed) has been supported by WSU for many years (10-20 years) at a cost of many millions to the taxpayer (they currently receive $2.1 million / annum so an educated guess would be $20 + million since inception). The NICM’s income is minimal as compared to what they actually cost WSU. The Jacka foundation has donated roughly 4 million over an 8 year period, which is by far the NICM’s biggest income – still petty cash as compared to what they actually cost. Why then will WSU be happy to incur a large deficit every year on the NICM and, importantly, put their scientific credibility on the line?

Having worked at the NICM for a number of years one thing, amongst many other things, struck me as amazing. Their ability to make empty promises and people’s (WSU management) ability to actually fall for it. Although the NICM is terrible at science they are masters in politics, lobbying and business. They managed to persuade the WSU management that a boat full of money (from China) is just around the corner (the Australia-China trade deal and the subsequent “profits” that will be made from the $170 billion TCM market). These promises were made four years ago when I started working there and when I left, three years later, that boat just did not seem to be mooring off any time soon. According to the NICM you can see the boat on the horizon, but I am afraid, that is where it will stay –  they have been saying that for a very long time.

I really hope that the WSU will sooner or later realise that they have destroyed their scientific credibility for money, that in all probability, will never come. Will they ever see the light?

The solution is simple. Close the NICM down! Savings would amount to $2million/annum whilst losses will be $500k/annum (Jacka Foundation). It makes financial sense; it makes scientific sense – and this is WSU’s only way out of this mess. Use these savings to restore confidence in WSU’s scientific research by sponsoring real research. Money will become tighter and tighter and that boat, promised by the NICM for the past decade, will never come!!

10 thoughts on “How did Western Sydney University (WSU) react to my serious warnings regarding the operational matters at the NICM?

  1. So which is it Frank, is the ‘imaginative invention’ of Homeopathy a ‘lethal medicine’ or is it just ‘water’? Your ‘science’ seems to be contradicting itself.

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    1. Water apparently have magical healing powers – or at least that is what homeopaths believe – and this I will happily call an imaginative invention. It does however remain to be nothing more than water and that people die taking this ‘medicine’ makes it a lethal ‘medicine’. And indeed it has got nothing to do with ‘science’.
      Money can make people do strange things. And this is the question that is been asked in this blog post. Have they, WSU, fallen for the promise of a pot of gold in China or do they fully support homeopathy and energy healing from a scientific perspective?

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    1. It is not the water that kills, but the disease. It is about the false believe that water will offer protection against, for example, malaria that tends to do the damage – and thus it is all about informed consent (or the complete lack thereof). A more applicable post is “How to make homeopathic medicine at home …”
      The current post is about the public support of WSU for someone who actively promotes and supports the following:

      “Energy and Subtle Healing, Flower Essence Therapy, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Hypnotherapy
      Meditation, Nutritional Therapy, Planetary and Human Ecology, Reflexology, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Alexander Technique, Aromatherapy, Ayurvedic Medicine, Bowen Therapy, Chiropractic, Colonic Irrigation, Colour Therapy, Counselling, Craniosacral Therapy, Crystal Healing, Feldenkrais, Hydrotherapy, Kinesiology, Mind/body Medicine, Myotherapy, Music Therapy, Musculoskeletal Therapy, Natural Vision Therapy, Osteopathy, Polarity Therapy, Reiki, Remedial Massage, Shiatsu, Spiritual Healing, Thought Field Therapy, and many types of traditional medicine, including Traditional Chinese Medicine”

      Do WSU support the above only due to the money that they have received from Judy Jacka? Are they hoping that, by supporting the above, she might donate some more cash? Or have they turned a corner and truly believe that (some of) the above will truly be the next big scientific breakthrough in medical sciences? And then of course the pot of gold from China is also somewhere in the mix.

      Many questions that only they can answer – what I do know is that they have destroyed their scientific credibility for the sake of short term cash. What WSU will now try to do is to give scientific credibility for all of the above to protect their ‘image’. They are (were) after all a world leading research university – and this will be the interesting part. How will they go about doing this!

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