The following Handbook has been created to help you understand the status of stem cell research and treatments in Australia and overseas.
The Handbook aims to help patients critically analyse stem cell treatments before considering taking part in them. As with all medical treatments, there are risks involved.
The National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia has developed and published the Handbook in conjunction with Stem Cells Australia. The material has evolved from The Australian Stem Cell Centre Information Handbook first published in 2009. The Handbook has been updated in 2013 and 2015 to reflect advances in stem cell science and clinical research, and the increasing number of unproven stem cell treatments being offered in Australia and overseas.
The Australian Stem Cell Handbook
You will need Adobe Reader to view the Handbook, which you can download for free here.
This Handbook does not seek to advise or evaluate the treatments, or an individual’s reasons for travelling for treatment. Instead it aims to provide the patient with as much information as possible prior to considering any therapy.
This Handbook summarises the pros and cons of medical travel, potential risks and benefits, and helps patients evaluate their options when considering travelling overseas for unproven treatments.
As noted above, the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia, developed the Handbook in conjunction with Stem Cells Australia.
Stem Cells Australia is a seven year Australian Research Council research initiative which commenced in 2011 and which brings together Australia’s premier life scientists to tackle the big questions in stem cell science.
We hope this information will assist you and help you make fully informed decisions about potential treatments.
We have also compiled a list of potentially helpful resources from other organisations.