NICM Health Research Institute, Westmead

We are the science of integrative medicine.

Western Sydney University’s NICM Health Research Institute is Australia’s global leader in integrative and complementary medicine research and policy. As an Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 5 ranking institute, we are globally recognised for our world-class research and innovations in integrative and complementary medicine. We are committed to social responsibility and the highest degree of integrity, ethics, and scientific enquiry. From the bench to the bedside, preclinical, clinical and translational, we advance the evidence-base, focusing on quality, safety, efficacy and how medicine works.


22 November 2022
Western Sydney University and the All India Institute of Ayurveda, Ministry of Ayush, Government of India announced today the appointment of a Joint Academic Chair in Ayurveda. The new position aims to build capacity for the scientific validation of Ayurvedic medicine and aligned inventions such as Ayurveda herbal medicine, yoga and meditation.

8 November 2022
NICM Health Research Institute has been identified as Australia’s top research institution in the field of Alternative and Traditional Medicine in The Australian Research 2023 Magazine published today. NICM HRI’s Professor Jerome Sarris was also named as top researcher for the discipline of Natural Medicines and Medicinal Plants.

26 October 2022
Many of us are familiar with probiotics, such as certain yogurts and fermented foods, full of “good” bacteria that can keep the gut healthy. But what about postbiotics? What are they and how do they affect our gut health?