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President's Report
Dear <<First Name>>,

Another month has flown past and we are now on the countdown to our conference in New Zealand in November.  This year we’re determined to hold an in-person conference so that we can come together for learning, community building and celebration.  So much of our industry relies on this, the personal connection.  Our conference is the perfect opportunity to meet colleagues old and new to build and create working relationships, we’ve built ample opportunity for this into our program.  Plus we’ve some exciting new developments in AIMA which we’ll be launching at the conference.  Keep watching this space for future announcements!
Early bird ticket sales are still available.  You can buy conference tickets here
Over the past year we’ve been working to create a suite of online resources for our members and community.  We have a wonderful range of video recordings from webinars and conferences we’ve hosted.  The majority of these are free for AIMA members and for those with a charge there is a members’ discount.  We regularly add to these resources so it’s worth checking in to see if there’s something which piques your interest.
You can join AIMA here and view the education resources here.
It’s been a while in the making but the AIMA Interprofessional Communications course is now available on our website.  This course was developed by a voluntary committee who formed to address the need for better communication between doctors and practitioners.  The course includes a resource pack including referral letter writing templates.  We see the learnings from this course as creating respectful, collaborative relationships between doctors and practitioners, for some it may be the first step towards creating true integrative care teams.
You can find out more about the interprofessional communication course here.

Penny Caldicott
AIMA President


GREAT NEWS! We've extended our Early Bird Discounted Prices until 10pm on 1 September 2022! SAVE $100 PER TICKET!

Early-bird discounted tickets

AIMA Members $350 (usually $450)
Non-members $450 (usually $550)
Students $120

Don't miss out on reduced pricing for tickets to the 2022 AIMA Conference on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th November 2022 at the Auckland University of Technology in central Auckland, New Zealand.

The AIMA Conference is the leading event for the integrative medicine community in Australasia.  A ‘must-do’ for all GPs, medical specialists, allied health practitioners, researchers, educators, students, and health professionals who want to learn about and understand how integrative medicine can be used to prevent and manage chronic and complex diseases.

The theme for 2022 is Optimising 21st-century healthcare; body, mind, and spirit and will include presentations from a host of charismatic and knowledgable integrative medicine experts from across the globe including keynote speakers:
  • Dr Iain McGilchrist (Scotland) sponsored by The Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust – renowned psychiatrist, author, thinker, and former Oxford literary scholar.
  • Dr Marc Cohen (Aus) – medical doctor, university professor, author, poet, entrepreneur, wellness trailblazer, and perpetual student of life.
Click here to see view all speakers.

Hosted at AUT, in Auckland’s vibrant city centre, the conference is a great opportunity to connect and network with speakers and like-minded practitioners whilst learning about the latest clinical and evidence-based information around integrative medicine. Full catering is provided as well as lots of useful information and advice from suppliers in the wellness industry.

BOOK NOW to enjoy the early-bird discounts (available until 10pm on Thursday 1 September 2022).



AIMA invites all health practitioners interested in integrative mental health care approaches to join our next online Integrative Mental Health Group Meeting.
These regular meetings have been set up to help build community and collegiality for integrative medicine mental health doctors and practitioners and provide the opportunity to learn from peers and investigate integrative approaches to care.
When: Wednesday 31st August  6.30pm -7.30pm AEST, 8.30-9.30pm NZST
Topic: Nutritional Psychiatry and the AMMEND - A Mediterranean Diet in MEN with Depression study with Jessica Bayes
Register: This is a free event. Registration is essential. Click here to register for the zoom meeting.
In this presentation Jessica will dive into the exciting and emerging field of Nutritional psychiatry, which is the study of nutrients, foods and dietary patterns and the impact these have on mental health. Jessica will talk about research on the nutrients that are used to support and treat depression as well as the mechanisms behind how these work in the body. She will discuss the latest evidence and also touch on her own research and clinical experience in this field.

The Importance of Cardio: Healthy Circulation for Performance and Longevity with Dr Chris Shade
Blood pressure problems, cognitive impairment, decreased sexual and athletic performance, and ongoing fatigue are all signs of compromised circulation.
Our cardiovascular system circulates millions of gallons of blood over a lifetime moving oxygen, nutrients, and other essential compounds, as well as removing waste products.  When our cardiovascular system is impaired tissues can become toxic, malnourished and hypoxic creating a slow but certain decline in overall health and vitality. Because of this, it’s never too early to support circulation and overall cardiovascular health.

Please join us for this informative webinar where we’ll introduce our latest product Performance Cardio+, an advanced whole-body circulation formula designed to support blood flow and oxygenation to optimize health.  
Click here to Register. If you are not a Nutrisearch account holder, then please contact us on

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome with Vanita Dahia
Chronic inflammation, histamine, allergies and fatigue are perpetual triggers of the most pervasive, pathological feature underlying all chronic disease and mast cell associated diseases.
Tired of feeling tired, allergic to smells and foods and living with a foggy brain? Sensitive to foods, smell and fatigued all the time? You could you have a histamine issue or, could it be mast cell activation syndrome?
You may have MCAS if you are fatigued, short of breath, experience hives or allergies, cannot focus or feel weak and dizzy.
Mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) is a condition in which the defence mechanism in your blood, particularly the mast cells release too much of Histamine and other vasoactive molecules, which cause allergies.
The chronic multi-system disorder in MCAS represents a derangement of health affecting practically every organ system.

Click here to Register.  If you are not a Nutrisearch account holder, then please contact us at


'Exploring Medicinal Cannabis - An Experiential Learning DayOur first face-to-face event in over 12 months! 

The International College of Cannabinoid Medicine (ICCM) and acnem are pleased to present a one-day interactive and practical learning experience for medical practitioners and pharmacists focused on medicinal cannabis. This is a wonderful, hands-on event not to be missed!

MELBOURNE | Saturday 10th September 2022


Optimising Immune Function with Nutritional and Environmental Medicine

Available on Demand

Immune disorders are increasing at a rapid rate creating a significant risk of degenerative health conditions. Genetic factors, changes in microbiome and environmental changes are contributing to this alarming increase. Join leading NEM experts in this on-demand learning module (released 30 June 2022) and learn how to adopt a preventive approach to reducing the long-term impact of complex immune disorders as well as first-hand clinical experience and knowledge on the hidden drives of complex immune conditions including diet, nutrition, genetics, environmental factor and the human microbiome.


BioCeuticals Clinical Mastery is delivered online across two consecutive weeks. Sessions provide end-to-end training covering conceptual framework and clinical application. Earn CPD (1hr p/week) and join for $29 for both sessions.
The August masterclass with Dr Janet Schloss is a 60-minute session that focuses on the evidence-based approaches which assist people who have completed cancer treatment by covering the effective physical, emotional, psychological, psychosocial and lifestyle treatment options available for patient-led care and how to implement them.

Many cancer survivors will experience late and long-term side effects as a result of their treatment and/or their cancer. Natural and integrated medicine practitioners can play an essential role in the recovery and post-treatment of people who have completed cancer treatment.

To find out more go to


An event exclusively for all health professionals who have an interest, or are working in the field of neurofibromatosis (NF).

Following on from the success of the 2020 sell-out event, the Children’s Tumour Foundation welcomes you to a full day event showcasing both Australian and international speakers sharing their knowledge of NF.

Together we will explore medical advancements, and gain exclusive insight into the current Australian projects, paving the way for a brighter future for all people living with NF. Hear from international guest Prof. Gareth Evans (University of Manchester) on managing NF2.
To allow people to attend from anywhere in Australia or around the world, we will also be streaming the event live for registered participants.  However, those attending in person, are also invited to attend an important networking event after the Symposium.

Notable speaker profiles are available on the website and the full agenda will be available soon. Visit



Seeking GPs, Psychologist, Osteopath and Naturopath for a holistic medical centre in Surry Hills, NSW

Established in 1977, The Wholistic Medical Centre was the first medical centre in Australia to integrate mainstream general practice with complementary medicine. We are now looking for GPs, a Psychologist, an Osteopath and a Naturopath to join our large, experienced and friendly team doing the type of satisfying clinical practice that you want to do. Part time or full-time.
Email Dr Nicholas Bassal at or visit


Researchers at Monash University are currently recruiting Australian medical practitioners to participate in an interview study examining factors that influence the uptake of medicinal cannabis in clinical practice (MUHREC Project ID: 32784). 
Despite substantial and growing patient interest in the use of medicinal cannabis to treat a wide range of conditions, little is known about practitioners' views on prescribing cannabis-based medicines. Your perspective is important to ensure safe, appropriate, and effective community access to medicinal cannabis products in this emerging area of medicine. 
Who can participate?
Any AHPRA-registered medical practitioner. We welcome all levels of knowledge, interest, and clinical experience with medicinal cannabis.
What is involved?
Participating in a 30-minute one-on-one interview via telephone or videoconferencing. A chance to express your professional opinions regarding medicinal cannabis, the barriers and facilitators to prescribing, and your support needs in this area.
For more information and expressions of interest, please get in touch with Olivia Dobson at or 0426 298 677. 
Long-time AIMA friend and past AIMA Conference keynote speaker Jude Currivan, Ph.D. is about to release another book.
The book explores how the Universe, our planet, ourselves, and everything in existence has inherent meaning and evolutionary purpose. The book:
  • Examines our emergence as self-aware members of a Universe that is itself a unified and innately sentient entity that exists TO evolve
  • Shares leading-edge scientific breakthroughs and shows how they support traditional visions of Earth as a living being—Gaia
  • Rewrites evolution as not driven by random occurrences and mutations but by intelligently informed and meaningful information flows and processes.
To be released in October 2022, it's available to preorder through Amazon at this link.
Jude Currivan, Ph.D., is a cosmologist, futurist, planetary healer, member of the Evolutionary Leaders circle and previously one of the most senior business women in the UK. She has a master’s degree in physics from Oxford University and a doctorate in archaeology from the University of Reading in the UK. She has traveled extensively, worked with wisdom keepers from many traditions, and is a life-long researcher into the nature of reality. She is the author of 6 previous books, latterly The Cosmic Hologram, and is co-founder of WholeWorld-View.

"Anxiety Spreads From Mother to Daughter, Father to Son

Transmission of anxiety appears to be sex-specific ― spreading from mothers to daughters and from fathers to sons, new research shows.

The new findings suggest that children learn anxious behavior from their parents, study investigator Barbara Pavlova, PhD, clinical psychologist with Nova Scotia Health Authority, told Medscape Medical News."

To view the full Medscape article by Megan Brooks, click here.

To view the study published online in JAMA Network Open, click here.

"How We Treat Acute Pain Could Be Wrong"

In a surprising discovery that flies in the face of conventional medicine, McGill University researchers report that treating pain with anti-inflammatory medication, like ibuprofen or aspirin, may promote pain in the long term.

The paper, published in Science Translational Medicine, suggests that inflammation, a normal part of injury recovery, helps resolve acute pain and prevents it from becoming chronic. Blocking that inflammation may interfere with this process, leading to harder-to-treat pain."

To read the full article by Emily Shiffer in WebMD click here. To read the paper click here.


Not an AIMA member? Join now and help us to push integrative medicine forward!

Memberships enable us to build a strong integrative medicine community that is united, recognised, supported, and informed. We rely on memberships to survive and to support our goals, which are to:

  • bring integrative medicine into the mainstream
  • foster true collaborations between doctors and practitioners
  • build a lively and engaged integrative medicine community
  • support and advocate for integrative practitioners and integrative medicine through the power of a collective voice.

AIMA Membership provides a raft of benefits including:

  • Free subscription to our Monthly AIMA e-Newsletter
  • Discounted tickets to informative, fun, and inspiring AIMA Events
  • Certificate of Membership (on request)
  • One year subscription to Advances in Integrative Medicine (AIMED)  - our international peer-reviewed, evidence-based research and review journal 
  • Having your say to help shape the future of integrative medicine
  • Access to education and professional development     
  • Benefitting from the power of a collective voice advocating the goals of integrative medicine            
  • Networking and support                    


Disclaimer: The information contained in this newsletter is intended to provide accurate and helpful health information for the general public. The information should not be considered complete and does not cover all diseases, ailments, physical conditions and/or their treatment. It should not be used in place of a call or visit to a medical, health or other competent professional, who should be consulted before adopting any of the suggestions in this newsletter or drawing inferences from it. Please note that the views expressed within are the presenters own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association.

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