What is an Aurum Project research pod?
An Aurum Project (AP) research pod is a research team. Pods are different to traditional research teams in the way the pod works together. The people in the pods are professional homeopaths and through regular meetings and dialogue, they develop a rapport which increases not only trust and resilience but also results in high quality research outcomes. The pod works to create, design and implement the research project.
The pods are driven by dynamic groups of homeopaths and researchers who have a passion to learn more about health and homeopathy through ethical research practices, and to serve the greater good of our communities. The participants bring their wide-ranging experiences, resources and knowledge to the pod and the unique dynamic that is generated by this diversity is enriching to all involved.
AP aims to enable personal, professional fulfilment and growth as well as deliver successful and purposeful research outcomes.
AP Management Committee also believes that it is critically important members involved in pods are enabled to flourish, professionally and personally as they undertake the challenges of research.
One example is AP Rhizome Research Pod which started working together by defining their research area in Urinary Tract Infections (UTI). They considered different approaches to answering a research question to produce sound evidence on how treatment with homeopathy could provide support for people with UTI. All of the Research Pod members are in active clinical practice and motivated to contribute to the homeopathy profession.
How do I get more involved in a research project with The Aurum Project?
At the moment we have three active pods. During this time the UTI pod has been working together, they have defined the research area, considered different approaches to answering a research question to produce evidence on whether treatment with homeopathy may provide support for people with UTI.
Soon the UTI Pod will be calling for practitioners to participate. They will ask for case studies from colleagues. It's a great first step to getting involved in research.
For more information about how to join a pod or start one, please contact the Research Co-ordinator Dr Celeste Salter here
The Aurum Project has undertaken research to measure the demographics of homeopaths and their patients in Australia. This was the first time such a study was done in Australia. An innovative mixed methods study was designed to describe homeopathy practice in which homeopaths recorded aspects of their practice activity over an 8 week period in 2019.
A collaboration between Dr Sujata Niak's Clinic in Mumbai and Aurum Project members from WA and NSW is exploring similarities and differences between the Indian and Australian context in the treatment of Molluscum contagiosum using homeopathy. Dr Sujata Naik’s team is committed to homeopathic practice and research.
We’ve set out the research question and started working on the homeopathy research tools for Urinary Tract Infection (surveys, consent forms, information sheets, ethics application) we will need in place to conduct the study. Once we are ready to launch, look out for our call to participate as we will need case studies from our colleagues to review.
The Autism Support Project
The Autism Support Project was set up in 2013 to bring affordable care to ASD children and offer partially subsidised or half price treatment for children diagnosed with ASD. There are a growing number of practitioners around Australia who are Autism Support Project Recognised Providers.
Systematic Literature Review
The work on a Systematic Literature Review of Australian Homeopathy Research articles by Dr Sabina Vatter, Linlee Jordan and Dr Celeste Salter continues. Currently all papers have been collated and the process of assessment is underway. We will measure and categorise the extent of research activity conducted in Australia by Australian practitioners and researchers since 1990.