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About Us

The Aurum Project is endorsed as a tax deductible gift recipient and income tax exempt charity and relies on donations and membership fees to achieve its aims. It also enjoys the support of many volunteers including homeopathy students who bring a broad range of skills and experience so that administration overheads are kept to a minimum, and the majority of donated monies go directly to education and research. It is an essential part of the Aurum Project that our running costs are low. We are committed to ethical behaviour and will deal with the public and our members in a transparent and honest manner. We are grant-seeking charity and not a grant-giving foundation. The Aurum Project is run by Registered Homeopaths who are registered with the Australian Register of Homeopaths www.aroh.com.au and associated professionals.

Our Story

Our story began with Penny Barron. Penny is the mum of three children. When they were little, their health problems made mothering them relentless hard work and the sleepless nights were driving Penny beyond human limits. She despaired about the children’s recurrent ear infections and eczema; the cycle of clinging behaviour and scratching and whining and …..

Someone mentioned homeopathy and Penny was ready to try it. Over time, she saw big changes with her children’s health and the happiness of the whole family improved. She was so impressed that she began to study homeopathy herself. As a student she had a job as a receptionist in a homeopathy clinic and often talked about the need for more research. She wanted to be able to back up her personal experience with research data (after all she had a Bachelor of Science herself). After she gained her Homeopathy qualifications, she was still talking about the need for facts and figures: “There is no pathway in Australia for Homeopathy researchers.” In general funding for research into natural therapies is almost non-existent.

There is no holding back a mother on a mission! Penny kept talking. In 2004, she began formal meetings about the need for research  with members of the Faculty of Homeopathy at Nature Care College in Sydney where Linlee Jordan was head of faculty. Linlee was and remains vitally interested in providing a vehicle for further education, employment and clinical practice for homeopathy graduates. Together they shared a passion for homeopathy research into children’s behavioural issues and children’s health.  After much effort, the Aurum Project was born.

As a non profit organisation, The Aurum Project relies on the generosity of donors. Every donation, no matter how small, has the potential to help children avoid antibiotics, resolve glue ear naturally and help parents find natural solutions to family health problems.

All of our research projects are started by funding from private sources. Without donor support, some of our vital research would not get off the ground, as governments and competitive funding bodies tend to support already established pharmaceutical-based research.

In our modern times when there is a global call for answers to replace antibiotics, your gift donation to The Aurum Project is an important investment in the future health of children.

What We Believe In

Mission Statement

The mission of the Aurum Project is to advance the understanding and practice of homeopathy in Australia by promoting and conducting research into the use of homeopathic medicines for childhood health and behavioural problems.

Aims

The Aurum Project aims to promote and develop research in the homeopathic profession and enable a pathway for homeopathic researchers. By acting as a research partner for grant applications it aims to encourage collaboration between homeopathic practitioners and medical researchers. The Aurum Project plans to make the information gathered from research available to the homeopathic profession and the public. As well as validating homeopathy as a viable form of primary health care, our aim is for the results of the research to enable parents to confidently consider this method of health care for their child.

 Our Vision

Our vision is to provide contemporary evidence to validate and promote the use of high quality homeopathic treatment in Australia for childhood health and behavioural problems.

The Aurum Project is the first homeopathy charity to be registered in Australia, setting a special precedent in recognising the appropriateness of wholistic research.  In response to the rising incidence of children’s behavioural disorders and the increasing number of parents asking for help, the Aurum Project was developed to promote education and research about homeopathic treatment for children.

The Aurum Project  is dedicated to research into behavioural issues stemming from emotional or physical causes. The health problems include: ADHD, allergies, asthma, ear problems, eczema, fever, sleeping problems, tantrums, teething, tics and twitches.

Values

  1. In our interactions with others, we value being moral, ethical, honest, transparent and trustworthy.
  2. We feel gratitude and appreciation for the efforts of each other, our donors, our volunteers and our colleagues.
  3. For the purposes of research, we believe that showing compassion in our dealings with health care professionals and their clients, is of the utmost importance.
  4. We are inclusive and respectful. We show loyalty and understanding.
  5. We are hopeful that the result of these values will translate into action, allowing our goals to come to fruition.

Constitution of The Aurum Project

The Aurum Project has adopted the model rules for incorporated associations, under the Associations Incorporated Act, 1984, available for viewing at www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au and accepted them as our constituent documents with certain amendments. You can read more here Constitution of The Aurum Project

Our People

Management Committee

President Bernadette English         DipHom RMidwife Dip Womens Health RN  AHA  ARoH
Vice President Nyema Hermiston          Adv Dip Hom   RN  Dip Nat  AHA  ARoH
Secretary Ann Manning                 Adv Dip Hom   BSc (Hons)  AHA  ARoH
Treasurer Lorena Mattiolo             Dip Hom Med AHA ARoH
Public Officer Penny Barron                BSc Adv Dip Hom  AHA ARoH
Ord Members Dr Jurgen Schulte         MSc DSc

 

State and NZ Representatives

West Australia Michael Blanch  (03) 93851484  http://www.cottnat.com.au/
South Australia Traudi Lepse
Queensland Jane Tulip 0412001601
Northern Territory Louise Schnitzhofer  0439896025  http://www.seasalthomeopathy.com.au/
New Zealand Jan Clare   (04) 569 6165    http://kidsearclinic.co.nz/

 

Advisory Group

Dr Isaac Golden PhD (Swinburne), Dip Homeopathy, ND BEc (Hon)
Dr Jurgen Schulte MSc (Darmstadt), DSc (Oldenburg)
Dr Russell Vickers PhD, MScMed, MDSc, BDS (Sydney Uni), FFPMANZCA, Dip Homeopathy, Dip Herbal Medicine
Dr Linda Hanson PhD, B.HSc (Hom), AHA
Alastair Gray MSc (UK), BAHons (NZ), DSH (UK), RSHom (UK)
Bill Hartnett CEO Innovest Strategic Value Advisors (Aus), BEc, Masters of Environmental Management
Michelle Hookham RN, Dip Applied Science, Licentiateship Homœopathy–(London), AHA Rep. for International Council of Homeopaths (ICH)
David Levy Dip Hom, Dip Nat, Masters Hlth Sc (Education)
Paul Ellison Insurance and Risk Management Advice
Robert Medhurst B Naturopathy, Member: Australian Government Complementary Medicines Evaluation Committee Expert Advisory Panel,
Author: Complementary Medicine: Ethics and Law
Peter Berryman MSc, BSc, BMedSc, AdvDipHom, ND, Grad Cert Ed, Rep of Homeopathy for ATMS

 

FAQs

What is the Aurum Project?

The Aurum Project is an Australian facility for homeopathic medicine research which received approval as a charitable institution in 2005.

Our mission is to advance the understanding and practice of homeopathy in Australia by promoting and conducting research into the use of homeopathic medicines for childhood health and behavioural problems.

The Aurum Project aims to promote and develop research in the homeopathic profession and enable a pathway for homeopathic researchers. By acting as a research partner for grant applications it aims to encourage collaboration between homeopathic practitioners and medical researchers.

Our vision is to provide contemporary evidence to validate and promote the use of high quality homeopathic treatment in Australia for childhood health and behavioural problems.

Who will benefit from this research?

The Aurum Project plans to make the information gathered from research available to the homeopathic profession and the public. As well as validating homeopathy as a viable form of primary health care, our aim is for the results of the research to enable parents to confidently consider this method of health care for their child.

What is the background of the Aurum Project?

Meetings about the Aurum Project began in 2004. Discussions were held by members of the Faculty of Homeopathy at Nature Care College in Sydney and staff at the Harbord Homeopathic Children’s Clinic. Penny Barron, a homeopath with a background in science was interested in promoting research into homeopathy and Linlee Jordan was the Head of the Faculty of Homeopathy at Nature Care College for ten years and remains vitally interested in providing a vehicle for further education, employment and clinical practice for homeopathy graduates. Together they both had a passion for homeopathy research about children’s behavioural problems and children’s health.  And  so the Aurum Project was born.

What has the AP done to date?

The Aurum Project was officially launched in September 2006 and since then we have been involved in:

  • 2013 − Bali Project Seminar. Completed.
  • 2013 – Publication of article about the value of observational studies in homeopathy. Completed.
  • 2012 − 2103 – Supporting a literature review about glue ear written by Alison Fixsen. Completed.
  • 2012 – Supporting a literature review about hypertension by Jane Tulip. In progress.
  • 2011 – February, Brisbane – Harness your success auditing workshop. Completed.
  • 2010 –  HPT Trial of a new substance funded by Keysun Laboratories. Completed.
  • 2010 – Pilot study for insomnia. Literature review and ethics approval application completed. In progress.
  • 2010, 14th March – Conducting the first Australian Harness Your Success auditing workshop. Completed.
  • 2009 – Publication of the findings of the Hyoscyamus Case Series Analysis in Similia Journal, WellBeing Magazine and the book Challenging Children: Success with Homeopathy. Completed.
  • 2009 – Conducting a case series analysis of  treatment using the remedy Hyoscyamus for children’s behaviour and learning difficulties. The study showed that overall the number of children who had a positive response even if slight was 93.3%. Completed.
  • 2008 – HPT Trial of Melatonin 6x funded by Keysun Laboratories. Completed.
  • 2008 – Initiating and writing the document “Australian Research Priorities” in conjunction with homeopathy industry groups and professional bodies.  Completed.
  • 2007 – Seeking liaison and support from the Australian Homeopathic Association and other professional bodies. Completed
  • 2006 – Official launch of the Aurum Project
  • 2005 – Gaining the highest level possible of full tax deductible and Gift Recipient Charity status from Australian government bodies for conducting homeopathic medicine research. Completed.

What are Aurum Project’s plans for the future?

  • We intend to support homeopaths completing literature reviews
  • We intend to seek sponsorship and support to conduct trials and HPT’s/ provings which will build on the foundation laid down by our literature reviews
  • We will continue to promote the process of clinical research through organising and providing clinical auditing workshops to practicing homeopaths and students. These workshops Harness Your Success will guide practitioners into data collection, analysis and provide helpful insights into what is working in their practice and what can be improved. This is another application of the benefit of research.