T​‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‌‌‌‍‍​ask: You will write a counterargument to one of statements below by following the essay template provided. Statement two Naturopathic medicine has no place within contemporary healthcare. Essay Template for Statement Two: Introduction Introduce the topic and explain how the argument will be clarified. Highlight the statement you will be arguing e.g. naturopathic medicine has a place within contemporary healthcare. It is often easiest to write an introduction once the essay has been completed. Think of this as a map explaining to the reader where you will be taking them in understanding your point of view. Avoid referring to the essay itself (e.g. in this essay…) or writing in first person (I believe…). Avoid listing what will be covered, instead discuss why it will be covered and how it supports your argument. (suggested word count 100 words) Paragraph one Background: Naturopathic user profile Describe what current research points to as the most common user profile of naturopathic medicine clients in Australia. What does a typical client of an Australian naturopath look like – their age, sex, socioeconomic status etc.? What do they value most in healthcare and why? You may like to use a specific example such as an affluent female patient or a poor/underserved community patient. Find and reference research (evidence) to support this user profile rather than guess or assume. (suggested word count 150 words) Paragraph two Context: Significance of values in healthcare servicing How do naturopaths meet the healthcare values of this client? Consider the naturopathic patient’s healthcare values you described in the paragraph above. Describe how naturopathic philosophies and principles might effectively align with each of those values. Is there evidence in research to support this (make sure you reference it)? Avoid giving only clinical examples, instead base your argument in philosophy, validated by research evidence. (suggested word count 200 words) Paragraph three Background: Influence of medical values on legitimacy of healthcare Outline how medical values influence what healthcare knowledge is considered legitimate in Australia. Define instrumental clinical reasoning (science of healthcare). Explain why instrumental reasoning is often more heavily valued by medical practitioners (e.g. do they hold an ontological view of reductionism?). Clarify this through a specific example explaining how medical practitioners define and value clinical evidence such as EBM. E.g. If medical practitioners value treating a diagnosed disease state with medical interventions that been demonstrated to work A​‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‌‌‌‍‍​ustralian College of Natural Medicine Pty Ltd trading as Endeavour College of Natural Health, FIAFitnation (National CRICOS #00231G, RTO #31489) NATP121_WrittenAssessment_Session13 Last modified: 3-Dec-2020 Approved by: Director of Education Version: 13.0 Page 4 of 11 across the population, does EBM provide that information? Is EBM considered the ‘gold standard’ of healthcare practice in Australia today? Is it used to decide what is safe and effective treatment? Is there any evidence of this (reference it)? Does this dominant healthcare group influence what healthcare knowledge is considered legitimate in the wider community? (suggested word count 250 words) Paragraph four Implications: A Place Within Healthcare Where is naturopathic medicine’s place within contemporary healthcare? Create a philosophically based argument that considers naturopathic/patient values (holistic, individualised etc.) and medical values (EBM as the ‘gold standard’). Are naturopaths meeting the values of the clients that come to see them? Are they doing so in a safe and effective way? Who decides what is safe and effective? Are there any concerns with healthcare policy that is centered on EBM as the only form of legitimate clinical evidence? Consider any research highlighting issues with the dominant healthcare service model pushing their beliefs and values as the only legitimate one that all others must be measured against. Are there any other forms of evidence that may be considered equally valid such as EBP, narrative medicine, case studies, practice-based evidence, traditional evidence, clinical experience from self or ‘elder’, intuition etc.? (suggested word count 200 words) Conclusion Summarise the argument and reiterate your main points. Do not introduce new information into the conclusion. Reiterate the central argument from your introduction and clarify why the topic is important. A conclusion should convince the reader, enticing them to agree with you. Avoid referring to the essay itself (e.g. in this essay…) and writing in first person (I believe…). Avoid listing what was covered, instead discuss why it was covered and how it clarified your topic. It is often easiest to write your conclusion once the essay and introduction have been completed. (suggested word count 100 words) Reference list As part of the evidence provided for each topic, you need to demonstrate your reading from a range of sources (e.g. the set/recommended readings, resources from journals, books, websites etc. Seek library resources for guidance). Use the APA referencing guideline provided by the library to create this list. (sugg​‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‌‌‌‍‍​ested minimum 5 references)