12 April, 2023
The International Federation of Anthroposophic Medical Associations (IVAA), together with the Medical Section at the Goetheanum and the Umbrella Organization for Anthroposophic Medicine in Germany (DAMiD), held an international Symposium on 12 April 2023, to mark the launch of the benchmarks for training in Anthroposophic Medicine published by the World Health Organization (WHO) earlier this month.
The online Symposium featured several keynote speeches. Contributions by Dr Kim Sungchol and Dr Aditi Sharan from the Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine unit at the WHO highlighted the importance of the new benchmarks and how they were developed. Dr Georg Soldner, Deputy Head of the Medical Section at the Goetheanum gave examples from different training settings around the world. Drs Wieneke Groot, President of EFPAM explained why these benchmarks are important from the perspective of patients.
“The benchmarks provide a framework for education and training, to ensure a high quality of Anthroposophic care for patients around the world. This is an essential step for the integration of Anthroposophic Medicine into health systems.” stated Drs Wieneke Groot, President of the European Federation of Patients’ Association for Anthroposophic Medicine (EFPAM).
“We are thrilled to have this important tool at hand”, commented Dr Georg Soldner, Deputy Head of the Medical Section at the Goetheanum, “the WHO benchmarks will help us in our discussions with universities and health authorities in different countries to ensure adequate training content and training standards for the practice of Anthroposophic Medicine”.
The WHO benchmarks for training in Anthroposophic Medicine provide training standards specific for physicians, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, dentists, psychotherapists, eurythmy therapists, arts therapists and body therapists. This multidisciplinary approach is a hallmark of Anthroposophic Medicine.
IVAA is committed to promoting the recognition of Anthroposophic Medicine and its implementation in health care systems worldwide.
Photo credit: Arlesheim Clinic (CH), Switzerland
IVAA, or International Federation of Anthroposophic Medical Associations, promotes the recognition of Anthroposophic Medicine and its implementation in health care systems. Our vision is a world where the benefits of anthroposophic medicine are widely recognised, and where patients and doctors have ready access to complementary anthroposophic medicines and treatments that improve healthcare outcomes.
About the Medical Section at the Goetheanum
The Medical Section at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, is the international center for Anthroposophic Medicine.
Learn more at https://medsektion-goetheanum.org/en/
About the Umbrella Organization for Anthroposophic Medicine in Germany (DAMiD)
DAMiD represents Anthroposophic Medicine in the different areas of the German health care system. As an umbrella organization, DAMiD represents the interests of its 16 members.
Learn more at https://damid.de