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JUNE 2021

Doctor/practitioner self-care resources

It's June and once more our colleagues and friends in Victoria are in lockdown.  The pandemic has not been easy for any of us, particularly Victorians. 
AIMA has often spoken on the need for self-care, this is particularly important now when you, as doctors and practitioners, will be helping your patients navigate isolation, uncertainty, fear and even anger.  I am sure you are aware of the many resources available to patients online including Beyond Blue, Lifeline and Lifeline Aotearoa.

However, there are also specific resources and help available to doctors and practitioners including Drs4Drs and the Doctors' Health Advisory Service (DHAS) which has a handy list contact numbers for Australia and NZ here.

Other resources include the NSW Department of Health's Pandemic Kindness Movement here.  The Quest for Life Foundation also has specific programs for clinicians and health professionals here.  Petrea King and the Quest for Life Foundation have been wonderful supporters of AIMA and the integrative medicine community.  At our conference earlier this year Petrea presented a workshop on Coming to your senses through the present moment, you can watch a recording of this session here.
AIMA Board
AIMA board member, Dr Georgina Hale resigned at our last meeting.  We thank her for her contribution to AIMA over the past two years.  We look forward to working with Georgina in a different capacity into the future and to buying her book when published.

Inquiry into AHPRA Notifications
AIMA has lodged a submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Administration of registration and notifications by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and related entities under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law.

Points raised in the submission include: a perceived ideological bias against integrative medicine practices, the escalation of notifications of integrative doctors when there is no evidence of risk to patients, the stress and duress which the notification process puts doctors under, the lack of support of doctors through the notification process, the lack of clarity and timeliness around the notification process and the need for IM doctors to be assessed by true peers.

This submission was prepared by Dr Sandeep Gupta and the AIMA Advocacy Legal Committee.  We thank them for this work.  You can view the submissions to the inquiry here.

Recruiting for trial participants:
herbal medicine for vascular dementia
Vascular dementia is the second most common form of dementia, for which there are no viable treatments. Researchers at NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University, are looking for people diagnosed with vascular dementia or Alzheimer’s disease mixed with vascular dementia, to take part in a clinical trial. The trial investigates whether a unique herbal medicine can help treat vascular dementia. Results of initial trials show promise in improving memory, learning and daily function. Eligible participants are now being enrolled in Sydney, Wollongong, Lismore, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide.

To find out more click here, phone: 02 4620 3578 or email:

FREE LIVE WEBINAR: The Microbiome’s Control of Immune Function with Kiran Krishnan
In an effort to decrease our susceptibility to other harmful viral infections, this is an opportunity to collectively educate patients on the power of preventative healthcare and to get a better understanding of our natural defenses.

The microbiome and the immune system are inextricably connected and the immune system would cease to function without the microbiome. This presentation will provide a review of the components of the immune system, the kinetics of our immune response, and the critical support and check-points managed by the microbiome.
Learning Objectives:

  • Review of our immune response and kinetics to a new pathogen
  • Learn about how the microbiome helps the development and function of the immune system
  • Learn how to increase overall resiliency by improving the microbiome and paying attention to specific types of dysbiosis
  • Leave with specific action items that can be incorporated into practice on Monday morning.
To register go to

2021 ACNEM Healthy Ageing Conference

We are in the midst of an ageing population explosion. In Australia alone, we will have over 4 million people aged 65-84 by 2022! With this comes corresponding complex health issues that will challenge our health system.
Are you aware of the challenges? Do you feel equipped to assist your patients to develop and maintain wellbeing into older age?
Join ACNEM (Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine) at their upcoming conference in June to hear from global and local practitioners who are experts in the field of nutritional and environmental medicine (NEM) and the impacts on Healthy Ageing.
As a part of the AIMA community, ACNEM is offering you a 20% saving on registration. Simply use the promo code AIMASAVE20 to register.

Register here:

Antimicrobial Resistance in UTIs – Exploring the Science of Cranberry
Hear global cranberry expert, Dr Amy Howell, discuss the prevalence of UTIs, the link with antimicrobial resistance, and the science of cranberry in UTI management.

In this concise clinical and evidence-based review, Dr Howell will:

  • Discuss the prevalence and recurrence statistics of UTIs
  • Review the current medical management of UTIs
  • Provide insights into the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
  • Review the unusual PAC types and their metabolites in cranberry
  • Examine the mechanisms of action for cranberry in UTIs
  • Reveal how cranberry affects E.coli adherence to bladder cells
  • Discuss the potential use of cranberry in UTI recurrence and AMR reduction
  • Provide the scientific evidence for cranberry in UTIs for adults and children
  • Discuss dosages and the advantages of supplemental cranberry

Dr. Amy Howell is an associate research scientist at the Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry Research, Rutgers University. Since 1993, Dr. Howell has been engaged in research identifying active compounds in cranberries for urinary tract infections and prevention of antibiotic resistance, along with engagement in projects to identify ani-adhesion biomarkers and PAC validation methods. She is an internationally recognised speaker and has authored numerous research papers.
To access this complimentary on-demand webinar log in: or click here.

AIMA is a partner for Mind Medicine Australia’s International Summit on Psychedelic Therapies for Mental Illness, taking place in Melbourne from 19-20 November 2021 at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins.
The two-day Summit on Psychedelic Therapies for Mental Illness will bring together clinicians, scientists, academics, mental and public health professionals, philanthropists, Government, law and policy makers, business, industry, investors, consumers and other interested stakeholders. The event will be preceded by a two-day workshop program for therapists, health professionals and members of the public with leading international facilitators.
The Summit will feature a rich program of international and national keynotes, master classes, hot spots, panel conversations, and a gala dinner Q & A.
Together we can change the paradigm for mental health. Please join us – we hope to see you there!

For more details and to register for tickets, please visit:
As a partner for this event, we are delighted to extend an invitation to you and your colleagues and networks to gather in Melbourne in November 2021.

Please use and share the password MMA2021 to redeem a 10% discount on ticket bookings.

BioCeuticals Research SymposiumEnhancing Mental Wellbeing: Navigating Modern Day Life
Friday 1 to Sunday 3 October 2021
Presented in a new hybrid format running simultaneously across 4 locations with an option to also join virtually.

  1. NSW, Sydney – Hyatt Regency
  2. VIC, Melbourne – Grand Hyatt
  3. QLD, Gold Coast – Southern Cross University
  4. WA, Perth – Pagoda Resort and Spa
The inspiring 3-day event will be headlined by Dr Ron Ehrlich (host), Prof. Kerry Phelps, and Sam Bloom, with additional with more local and international speakers to be announced in the coming months!
Join us as we focus on the role complementary medicine plays in supporting mental health and wellbeing and discuss practical treatment options for: 
  • depression and anxiety
  • burnout and common stress
  • peak mental performance

Plus, there will be plenty of opportunities to nourish your own mental wellbeing with mindful moments and hands-on workshops. 
Click here to register today.

The South African Society of Integrative Medicine invites all practitioners of Integrative Medicine to their upcoming Conference on 22-24 October 2021.

They have chosen "Integrative Solutions to Health Crises of our Time" to focus on some of the current challenges in practice.

The programme will be 100% virtual. They have selected top experts from South Africa and the world to present a range of topics under 5 sub-themes:
  • Cancer
  • Immune
  • Neuro/Psych
  • EMF
  • Environment.

They are running 2 streams of presentations in parallel, so one can choose which one to watch "live" and watch the others at leisure for 30 days afterward.

As it is a full programme, delegates are actually getting two conferences for the price of one!

See here for the full programme and other information:

Even 'Healthy' Ultraprocessed Foods Tied to CVD Risk

Ultra-processed foods provide 58% of total energy in the U.S. diet, yet their association with cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains understudied. Although cardiovascular guidelines emphasize consuming minimally processed foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts, they give less attention to the importance of minimizing ultraprocessed food.

The authors of a recent report investigated the associations between ultra-processed foods and CVD incidence and mortality. They found that eating ultraprocessed foods poses a significant risk to cardiovascular and coronary heart health. This is according to prospective data from about 3,000 people in the Framingham Offspring Cohort, the second generation of participants in the Framingham Heart Study.

To read the report published in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology click here and to read the Medscape article by Mitchel L. Zoler, PhD click here.
Eating More Fat May Boost Borderline Low Testosterone

Since the mid-20th century, there have been significant changes in dietary patterns, and men’s testosterone levels have declined in western countries.

Authors of a meta-analysis of six small intervention studies set out to investigate associations between fat intake and testosterone in men. They discovered that low-fat diets appear to decrease testosterone levels in men, but further randomised controlled trials are needed to confirm this effect. Men with European ancestry may experience a greater decrease in testosterone, in response to a low-fat diet.

To read the study published online in The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology click here or to read an article on the study written by Marlene Busko in Medscape, click here
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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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