TARGETS FOR THE MEDICAL RENAISSANCE MOVEMENT (MRM)
www.medicalrenaissance.com has the following targets:
1 The Medical Renaissance Movement integrates the best of Western scientific medicine with a broader understanding of the nature of illness, healing and wellness. It uses all appropriate therapeutic approaches to achieve optimal health and healing
2 MRM promotes an overall holistic view of medicine within the context of mind, body, nutritional and environmental medicine, placing an emphasis on preventive care, lifestyle change, and promotion of health and wellness.
3 The promotion of health is the cornerstone of primary health care. This would be through the empowerment of the Primary care Physician, Natural Medicine Practitioners, and the Practitioner-patient relationship and the empowerment of the patient to take responsibility for their own health.
4 MRM encourages the use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches to achieve optimal health and healing.
5 MRM encourages the building of healing partnerships with the Primary care Physician (the GP), and the patient, and supports the individualization of care
6 GPs (The Primary care Physicians) in Australia are the most scrutinized professionals in the world. The MRM seeks to look at ways in which this degree of scrutiny can be reduced or modified by alternative, more proactive and supportive forms of intervention
7. MRM promotes Primary Care Physicians (GPs)and Practitioners in Natural Medicine to play a more fundamental role in the development of the future course of primary health care.
The power behind health care initiatives is the government. It is evident that the government and the specialized bodies representing the future of primary care do not adequately represent the views of GPs (The Primary Care Physicians) or those Practitioners of Natural Medicine with an Integral approach to Healing.
The medical system is becoming more and more based on computerization, data storage of records, public health issues and the formation of strict protocols. This is because the government and the representative bodies for GPs are not at the frontline and are not involved in the practice of medicine in every day life.
8. The Medical Renaissance Movement proposes to lobby for a New Medicine- an integrated health system which is based on communication between all specialties of doctors, as well as Natural Medicine professionals, with the prime aim of giving members of the public the opportunity to heal themselves by using the latest understanding of Natural Medicine ,mind-body medicine, psycho-neuro-immunology, nutritional, environmental and preventive medicine, as well as accessing the very best of allopathic medicine.
9. MRM wishes to create public awareness about the pros and cons of the current medical system based on the biomedical model and the need for a more inclusive form of medicine which enables patients to take more responsibility for their illnesses, and also the prevention of degenerative disease. MRM intends to bring awareness to the government and the public, of a new attitude towards health, and “healing”.
MRM will encourage “healing”, in the broadest possible sense. Healing of the individual, would simultaneously include healing of society, and the environment.
10. It is those Health Practitioners in primary care(GPs and Natural Medicine Practitioners) who should be intimately involved in the parameters of health defined by the WHO Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, from which has been derived the World Health Authority objectives of Health for All by the Year 2000. This includes; Promotion of healthy lifestyle, prevention of disease, increasing rehabilitation and community health services. The WHO Jakarta Declaration 1997 also identified five priorities:
Promote social responsibility for health.
Increase investments for health development. Expand partnerships for health promotion. dIncrease community capacity and empower the individual.
Secure an infrastructure for health promotion.
The Quality in Australian Health Care Study (QAHCS), published in the Australian Medical Journal in 1995, reported that 16.6% of hospital admissions were associated with an iatrogenic patient injury, termed an ‘adverse event’. This is equivalent to 18,000 people dying each year because of medical mistakes.
One estimate of the national cost to the Australian healthcare system of just the additional hospital bed-days (as a result of the adverse events identified in 1995) is in excess of $800 million dollars per year. Rather than quibbling over nurses’ pay we should be fixing the system instead, according to The Medical Journal of Australia [2006; 185 (4): 213-216].
MEDICAL RENAISSANCE GROUP
PO Box 43 Kalorama Vic 3766
Mobile: 0414 543 397
Dr. Michael Ellis Prof. Avni Sali
Dr Jager Holly
Dr Ian Dettman
Prof Marc Cohen
Ms Lesley Pocock
Dr Russell D’Souza
“It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease, than to know what sort of disease a person has.” -Hippocrates
THE MEDICAL RENAISSANCE
The Medical Renaissance Movement International is an organization that truly supports the interests of medical practitioners, natural health practitioners, aliied health professionals, nurses and the general public.
It aims to bring together the global community of doctors, health practitioners, nurses and patients, to lobby their respective governments for the creation of a healing culture which places priority on the health of the individual rather than on the illness of the individual. In this respect, it supports preventive, nutritional, mind/body medicine, naturopathy and Wellness Medicine and sees healing as being a unique partnership between the doctor and the patient, and between allopathic medicine and naturopathic medicine.
The Medical Renaissance Movement:
Governments and politicians, generally, have no true understanding of the life sciences, and of the need to enhance primary medical care. The promotion of Health and the prevention of illness are not considered priorities, despite vast public interest
This Government has no knowledge of the health sciences and yet wants ancillary health professionals, untrained in diagnosis, to take over the role of the GP as Gate Keepers. If this happens, the health of the nation will be severely compromised.
There is a global health crisis with an increasing epidemic of cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, stress and depression. The major cause of this epidemic is lifestyle and nutrition. Rather than spending billions of dollars on pharmaceutical products and biotechnology, the Government should be using the key principles of integral and nutritional medicine to promote health and prevent illness. This would potentially save the government and taxpayers billions of dollars annually.
The pharmaceutical industry, globally, has a GDP of over $1 trillion and if Governments continue to use drugs as a primary treatment of illness their GDP’s will mushroom out of control.
Implementation of preventive health principles can save billions in health care costs. It is recognized that the next trillion dollar industry in the world will be the wellness industry.
There are tremendous advances in Natural Medical practice occurring in Europe and the United States, spear headed for example by the University of California, and the Harvard Medical School.
Doctors need to be aware of themselves as healing agents, and therefore also agents of change.
This is frowned upon by the current Government, with its ever increasing controls on Medicare item numbers.
Doctors have to produce band-aid approaches which serve the financial needs of the pharmaceutical companies which wish to promote their latest drug. Simultaneously, as the most scrutinized profession in the world, they are under the constant watching eyes of the governmental Health Insurance Commission, Public Service Reviews, Review Bodies, and the Medical Boards of the various states.
The current medical system is so narrowly focused and self regulating, that it is unable to see the statistical evidence of burgeoning illness and increased costs due to the current biomedical model, which, in itself, is becoming progressively outmoded and is being taken advantage of to add financial gain to the GDP.
The New Medicine, which the Medical Renaissance Movement espouses, is an integrated health system based on communication between all specialties of doctors, Natural Health Practitioners and other health professionals. Above and beyond all of this is the need to change the attitudes and mind-sets of all involved, so that we may have healing in the broadest possible sense- healing of the individual, the society, and the environment within which we live.
Primary health care is essential health care made accessible at a cost a country and community can afford, with methods that are practical, scientifically sound and socially acceptable.
Reference: Alma Ata Declaration, WHO, Geneva, 1978
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