30th in the world, the centre hopes to promote traditional Indian medical sciences such as Ayuveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy
More than 30 Ayurvedic doctors, naturopath, homeopath, and yoga teachers gathered for the inauguration of the 30th global AYUSH information cell at 125 Stud Road, Dandenong, Victoria, on 13 February. The cell was inaugurated by Honorable Dr. Ajay M Gondane, The High Commissioner of India, Canberra, Australia in the presence of Consul General of India in Melbourne Mr. Rakesh Malhotra.
Dr Santosh Yadav, Ayurvedic practitioner and President of Australian Association of Ayurveda, spoke on the behalf of the AYUSH information cell and Australasian association of Ayurveda.
AYUSH, which stands for Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy is a government of India initiative to promote the traditional medical sciences. “The objective of this AYUSH Cell to increase the awareness about Ayurvedic medicine in the community in Australia,” said Dr Yadav.
“It’s the vision of Indian Prime Minister Narender Modi to advance Ayurveda in over 100 countries within the next decade. The Ministry of AYUSH is helping to achieve this goal by collaborating with different countries all over the world. The main aim is to globally promote awareness, education, and advance research in the AYUSH modalities of health system,” he said.
The AYUSH Information Cell in Australia, the 30th in the world, will work towards organising lectures and seminars on the Indian medical sciences, facilitating associations of AYUSH stakeholders for networking, conducting meetings, develop awareness among public; maintaining a register of AYUSH practitioners; generating data about local regulations related to trade and practice of traditional medicine; and celebrating Ayurveda day and Yoga day.
“Dr AM Gondane has supported us thoroughly to promote Ayurveda in Australia. He helped the Australasian Association of Ayurveda organise their first AYUSH International conference and exhibition in Australia in 2018,” said Dr Yadav.
Dr Gondane spoke about how the AYUSH information cell can work towards promoting the various AYUSH modalities in the field of health in various parts of Australia. He explained that health practitioners need to work together. He also spoke about mental health and issues which a lot of migrants face and how traditional medicine systems can help achieve a healthier society.
People from a wide spectrum of professions including neurologist Dr Sanjay Raghav, attended the function. Though an allopath, Dr Raghav said he is a great believer and promotor of the AYUSH system of medicine.