You’re invited! Practitioner Research and Collaboration Initiative (PRACI) Project

The University of Technology (UTS) in Sydney is home to the Practitioner Research and Collaboration Initiative, aka ‘PRACI‘. PRACI is a practice-based research network designed to assist practitioners and researchers to work together to collect data from real-world practice settings.

Since 2015, PRACI has produced numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and research studies based on grassroots clinical practice and practitioner experiences.

PRACI invites complementary medicine practitioners in Australia to participate in a workforce survey to contribute to the growing evidence about complementary medicine (CM).

By describing your practice and clinical characteristics, your unique experience will become a part of the future of CM research. Participants can then become part of the PRACI network with no-fee and no-obligation, simply by completing the section at the end of the workforce survey.

Who is conducting this research?

The research is being undertaken by Dr Amie Steel and Distinguished Professor Jon Adams, both academics at the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM) in the Faculty of Health at UTS.

What is the research about?

The purpose of this online survey is to collect up-to-date information about the complementary medicine health workforce and provide an opportunity for CM practitioners to join PRACI.

You have been invited to participate because you identify as a clinician from one of the following CM professions: acupuncture, Bowen therapy, Chinese herbal medicine, kinesiology, massage therapy, myotherapy, naturopath, nutrition medicine, and/or Western herbal medicine.

Before you decide to participate in this research study, we need to ensure that it is ok for you to take part. You are eligible to participate in this study if you have qualifications in any of the above professions and are currently in clinical practice in Australia. Existing members of PRACI are also invited to complete this survey to indicate their interest in continuing their involvement with PRACI. PRACI members who choose not to complete this survey will not be contacted by the PRACI Research Team about PRACI research projects again in the future.

What does my participation involve?

Participation in this study is voluntary, it is completely up to you whether you decide to take part. If you decide to participate, you are invited to read through this information carefully and contact the research team to ask any questions if necessary.

If you consent to participate you are invited to complete an online questionnaire which is expected to take less than 10 minutes. At the end of the questionnaire, you will be given the opportunity to join PRACI. Membership is free, but does require you to provide your contact information and agree to having your survey responses linked to your identifying data. This identifying data will only be accessible to the immediate research team and all information will be de-identified for publication and wider consumption.

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