THE MEDICAL RENAISSANCE MOVEMENT has the following targets:
- To gain recognition for GPs that they be recognized as "specialists" in primary care and the conductors of the primary care orchestra.
- To promote the primary care physician 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 general practice do not adequately represent the views of GPs in a system which 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.
- To promote a hospital culture which is based on healing, nutrition, and nurturing rather than compartmentalization, specialization and dehumanization where collateral damage in terms of iatrogenic disease is considered to be unavoidable.
- To promote an overall holistic view of medicine within the context of mind, body, nutritional and environmental medicine, placing an emphasis on preventative care and lifestyle change
- The Group proposes to lobby for a New Medicine- an integrated health system which is based on communication between all specialities of doctors as well as other health professionals with the prime aim of giving members of the public the opportunity to heal themselves by using the latest understanding of body - mind medicine, psychoneuroimmunology, nutritional, environmental and preventive medicine as well as accessing the very best of complementary medicine. There is a need to change attitudes and mindset so that we have healing in the broadest possible sense not only of the individual, but society, and the environment.
- The Medical Renaissance Group promotes the integration of complementary and alternative medicine within the Australian medical system in order to widen choice appropriately and harness natural healing potential.
- 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 them to take more responsibility for their illnesses and also prevent degenerative disease.
- To create the situation whereby doctors are able to have support groups and support from peers, so that they do not feel isolated or alone when put in difficult therapeutic situations, or have personal problems. In other words, to provide "healing" for the healer.