PO Box 43 Kalorama Vic 3766
Tel 03 9803 9878
Fax 03 8802 7459
Mobile: 0414 543 397
Dr. Michael Ellis
Prof. Avni Sali
Dr Jager Holly
Dr Ian Dettman
Ms Sandi Rogers (ATMS)
Prof Marc Cohen
Ms Lesley Pocock
Dr Russell D'Souza
Dr. Luis Vitetta
Mr Phillip Day
Dr Avedesh Sharma
Dr. John Piesse
The Medical Renaissance Movement International
is an organization that truly supports the interests of medical
practitioners, health practitioners, nurses and the 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 preventative, 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 complimentary and alternative medicine.
The Medical Renaissance Movement:
- Focuses on healing the whole person - mind, body and spirit
in the context of community.
- Educates and empowers people to be active participants in their
own care. It helps them to take responsibility for their own health
- Integrates the best of Western scientific medicine with a broader
understanding of the nature of illness, healing and wellness.
- Uses all appropriate therapeutic approaches and evidenced-based
global medical modalities to achieve optimal health and healing.
- Encourages the building of healing partnerships with our patients,
and supports the individualisation of care.
- Aims to create a culture of wellness.
If you would like to become a member of the Medical Renaissance
Movement, and help to reform the Medical and Health System in Australia,
please complete this form and mail, fax or e-mail back to us ASAP
The Medical Renaissance Movement aims to lobby
for a form of medicine which is integrative and health giving and
gives individuals the opportunity to take responsibility for their
own lives and the opportunity to arrest the development of degenerative
disease or prevent it altogether. It aims to create an organization
that truly supports the interests of medical practitioners, health
practitioners, nurses and the patients.
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.
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 and these dollars can then be reinvested into
further research in nutritional and environmental and mind/body
medicine. Indeed, it is recognized that the next trillion dollar
industry in the world will be the wellness industry.
There are tremendous advances in Complimentary and Alternative
medicine occurring in Europe and the United States spear headed
for example by the University of California, and the Harvard Medical
Adverse affects from pharmaceutical drugs,
or illness caused by drugs or technological intervention, is such
that the treatment of such illnesses is now the third most common
cause of death in western society.
The medical system, in Western society, functions
as an anonymous, alienating machine, in which the hospital is structured
like a factory, in which patients become institutionalized. Doctors
are taught a bio-medical model, which denies the innate healing
capacity of the body and sees the human being as a machine which
can be fixed by giving a pharmaceutical chemical drug which has
many toxic side effects. Most of the pharmaceutical compendium which
Doctors consult for prescribing drugs consists of details of the
toxic side effects of the drugs prescribed.
The New Medicine, indeed, encompasses a healing
approach, which sees the individual as mind, body, and spirit and
also as an aspect of community, environment and culture. For example,
because globally we live in a political system motivated by fear
and scarcity, there is no reason why we should not extrapolate these
as being some of the causes of the enormous degree of cardiovascular
disease and depression and stress seen in society.
As Doctors, we need to be aware of ourselves
as healing agents, and therefore also agents of political change.
There is usually no simplified database referral procedure or even
access for other health care agencies. Even with a medical or psychiatric
referral it is very difficult for patients to be seen immediately,
unless seen privately. GPs or primary care physicians rarely get
early feedback about patient care from specialists, especially in
GPs are the meat in the sandwich. They feel compelled to provide
their patients with the drugs and antibiotics that the patients
call for and yet cannot give adequate care which requires a preventative,
nutritional and lifestyle approach as they are not paid to do this.
This is because doctors are taught the biomedical model which is
a reductive paradigm and are not taught about functional medicine
which includes prevention of illness and promotion of health. Doctors
produce band-aid approaches which serve the financial needs of the
pharmaceutical companies who wish to promote their latest drug.
The new medicine which the Medical Renaissance Group proposes is
an integrated health system which is based on communication between
all specialties of doctors, as well as other health professionals.
Above and beyond all of this is the need to change attitudes and
mind-set so that we may have healing in the broadest possible sense-
healing not only of our society, but of our environment and our
planet as they are all related and all vitally connected.
The system is so narrowly focused and self regulating it is unable
to see the statistical evidence of burgeoning illness and increased
costs because the biomedical model in itself is becoming progressively
outmoded and is being taken advantage of to add financial gain to
TARGETS FOR THE MEDICAL RENAISSANCE GROUP
THE MEDICAL RENAISSANCE MOVEMENT
has the following targets:
1. To gain recognition for GPs that they be recognized as "specialists"
in primary care and the conductors of the primary care orchestra.
2. 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 computerisation,
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.
3. To promote a hospital culture which is based on healing, nutrition,
and nurturing rather than compartmentalization, specialisation and
dehumanization where collateral damage in terms of iatrogenic disease
is considered to be unavoidable.
4. 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
5. The Group proposes to lobby for a New Medicine- an integrated
health system which is based on communication between all specialties
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.
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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
It is the General Practitioner who should
be intimately involved in parameters of health defined by the Ottawa
Charter for Health Promotion from which has been derived the World
Health Authority objectives Health for All by the Year 2000. This
includes; Promotion of healthy lifestyles, Prevention of preventable
disease, Increasing rehabilitation and community health services.