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JUNE 2022
Board Member Report
Dear <<First Name>>
While AIMA president, Penny Caldicott, is away overseas this month I have been given the opportunity to introduce myself to you as a fellow integrative practitioner and AIMA board member. I’ve been practicing integrative medicine on the Gold Coast for the last 10 years, a professional decision I have never regretted. The ability to transform people’s lives through the power of integrative medicine has been the most fulfilling part of my medical career. I took the further step of solidifying my knowledge by signing myself up to do a PhD at the end of last year – the goal being to develop a treatment algorithm for medication-resistant depression, including the inclusion of nutraceuticals.
Like many of us, I began practicing integrative medicine whilst searching for my own answers to health questions. I can honestly say, once you go integrative, you can’t go back! The reward is tangible for patient and practitioner alike, which is equally as important given a recent survey suggesting that three out of four GPs are losing their love for the job. The professional isolation coupled with growing demands on our profession in a post-COVID crisis working environment has left many of us exhausted. The opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary, integrative care team offers respite to such pressure.  
Unfortunately, the lack of understanding of what we do can pose exposure to scrutiny. That’s why I joined AIMA both as a member and then more recently as a board member - to increase awareness, drive acknowledgment, and ultimately to advocate for our profession. To be able to assist in building professional bridges between health practices that have been previously mutually exclusive, and in turn, build more holistic patient care teams, is also a major benefit of being part of AIMA.

It’s never been a better time to be an integrative practitioner, with consumer demand largely being behind the driving force to change, as seen in the unprecedented community response to the Medical Board of Australia’s 2019/20 public consultation on ‘complementary and unconventional medicine’ (and also experienced by our waiting lists!). It’s also never been a better time to join AIMA, to be part of a growing body of like-minded health professionals that are ultimately striving for change in our health system. If you’re not already a member, consider becoming one and encouraging colleagues to do the same.
Dr Cris Beer
AIMA Board Member
We're keen to establish an integrative medicine discussion and networking group in the northern territory.  If you practice in the NT and are interested in joining a group to share knowledge, build relationships, and support the growth and development of Integrative Medicine email AIMA CEO, Cressida Hall at


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 29th June 2022 6.30-7.30pm AEST, 8.30-9.30pm NZST
Topic: The key nutrients that support mental health with a focus on folate presented by Carolyn Ledowsky
Register: This is a free event. Registration is essential. Click here to register for the zoom meeting.
Emerging research supports the use of 5-MTHF to augment antidepressants for improved patient outcomes.
Key Discussion Points:
  1. What are the key nutrients that support mental health?
  2. Biologically active folate (5-MTHF) is the preferred form of folate for the brain to support neurological function and mental health.
  3. Evidence suggests that augmentation of antidepressants with 5-MTHF may improve the effectiveness of antidepressants.
  4. Higher doses of folate may need to be used to improve mood
  5. How to know which patients will benefit from this approach
  6. Which polymorphisms to look out for.
About Carolyn Ledowsky
Carolyn is the founder of MTHFR Support Australia. She is a Health Scientist, Researcher, naturopath, herbalist and nutritionist who has a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) Honours, Bachelor of Herbal Medicine, Bachelor of Naturopathy, Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy and Diploma of Nutrition and a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University. She has also studied courses in genetics at Duke University (Genetics and Evolution) and The University of Maryland (Genes and the Human condition – from behaviour to biotechnology) . She is currently doing her PhD at the University of Technology Sydney to study the effect of different forms of folate on fertility in couples with recurrent pregnancy loss.
Learn effective ways to assess and treat insomnia and other sleep disturbances.
Session 1: Clinical Masterclass
Sleep, stress and immune dysfunction: breaking the triad for our patients
Wed 13 July. 7.30 – 8.45pm AEST
Presented by Dr Adrian Lopresti
Session 2: Clinical Solutions
The Psychologist and the Naturopath: a case of generalised anxiety and sleeplessness
Wed 20 July. 7.30 – 8.45pm AEST
Presented by Dr Adrian Lopresti and Naturopathic Educator, Shiki Coppola
Only $29 for both sessions.
These live and online 75-minute masterclasses will ensure you return to your clinic with greater confidence supporting patients experiencing sleep and immune disturbance due to stress and anxiety.
15 minutes of each session will be dedicated to live Q+A.

Reserve your place today at
Lifestyle Medicine 2022
Friday 29 – Sunday 31 July 2022
The Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine is thrilled to announce the return of their annual Lifestyle Medicine conference, Lifestyle Medicine 2022! This premium ‘boutique’ conference event will take place at the Pullman International Hotel in Cairns, Australia from 29-31 July, and is designed to bring together medical and health professionals from a range of disciplines to explore the latest translational research and clinical application of Lifestyle Medicine.
With an overarching theme of ‘The evolution of practice’, this year’s event will focus on innovation and translation of evidence in:
  • Clinical practice
  • Prevention and policy
  • The community and workplace.
Join us at Lifestyle Medicine 2022 to gain practical skills in Lifestyle Medicine application, network with like-minded professionals, and help advance the global Lifestyle Medicine movement for change!
Click here to register.
Both in-person and virtual attendance options are available.
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



A doctor-owned clinic, well-supported with nurses and allied health care professionals, we are looking for exceptional, like-minded doctors. At Geniale, we are as invested in your professional development as you are and every medical physician employee will be eligible for:
  • Existing Patient base of 6,500
  • Centrally located practice
  • Free Parking on site,
  • Marketing support
  • Part-time, three days, with option for full-time.
  • 65% of daily billings
  • No start-up costs & limited legal liability
  • Rooms in a state-of-the-art practice, GP practice, bulk-billed skin clinic on site & four treatment rooms for minor procedures
  • Full nursing & admin support
Skills & Abilities/Position Criteria/ Personal Attributes
  • Australian registered Doctor
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience working in integrative medicine
  • Ability to liaise with patients & physicians, ensuring patients understand treatment plans
About Geniale
Located within opulent & exclusive cosmetic facilities at Sydney & The Gold Coast, Geniale is the new supacentre for cosmetic & laser surgery, skin cancer, anti-ageing, & sexual wellbeing.  Our team takes great pride in helping our patients look & feel their best. Our mission is for every experience, every treatment – & above all – every result, to be perfect.
Visit Integrative Medicine - Géniale

Consultation Rooms Available in Bicton, WA

Health Quest Integrative Clinic has space available for a Functional Integrative Doctor or Nurse Practitioner. Benefits include:
  • Good location in Perth
  • Flexibility and independence
  • Competitive rates including outgoings
  • Friendly administration staff
  • Promotion and advertising
Please email the new management at for more information.

Mounties Group – Invitation to Health is seeking full-time and part-time integrative medicine trained General Practitioners and non-integrative General Practitioners to join our new practice in Freshwater, New South Wales, Australia.  Supported by Nurses, Naturopaths, Health Coaches and other collaborative therapies, we will offer general practice services for commonly occurring health issues and preventative medicine, and integrative & lifestyle health approaches for complex problems. Position yourself in a practice with a supportive team approach to high-quality, integrated, patient-centred care.
You will be located in the beautiful suburb of Freshwater across the road from the beach in a modern custom-designed haven.
What we offer;
  • Flexible working hours
  • Modern, patient calming consulting rooms
  • Collaborative therapies
  • Energetic and inspiring team
  • Exposure to all aspects of an integrative medical practice
  • Opportunity to develop new skills and shape the future of integrative medicine in Australia
  • Mentoring by experienced Integrative Medicine practitioners if desired
  • Onsite nursing services
  • Pathology services
  • Onsite parking for practitioners and patients
  • Excellent remuneration
  • Private billing practice
  • Weekly clinical meetings
  • Gym and pool access
Key Requirements;
GP's must hold;
  • Full VR registration with AHPRA
  • Medicare Provider Number or be eligible for a provider number
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • A desire to work collaboratively and prioritise ongoing learning
For more information, please contact Kirsty Story at or on 02 4322 0700.



"A Cup of Cranberries a Day Tied to Better Memory

For healthy middle-aged and older adults, adding cranberries to the diet may help improve memory and brain function, in addition to lowering LDL cholesterol, new research suggests.

Results from a randomized, placebo-controlled trial of adults aged 50-80 years showed that consuming freeze-dried cranberry extract, which is equal to one cup of fresh cranberries, for 12 weeks was associated with improved episodic memory. This coincided with increased blood flow to key areas of the brain that support cognition."

To view the full Medscape article by Megan Brooks, click here. To view the study published in Frontiers of Nutrition, click here.

"What's the Magic Number for Sleep?

Consistently sleeping 7 hours per night was associated with optimal cognitive function and mental health for middle-aged adults, a new study found.

Sleep disturbances are common in older age, and previous studies have shown associations between too much or too little sleep and increased risk of cognitive decline, but the ideal amount of sleep for preserving mental health has not been well described, according to the authors of the new paper.
In the study published in Nature Aging, the team of researchers from China and the United Kingdom reviewed data from the UK Biobank, a national database of individuals in the United Kingdom that includes cognitive assessments, mental health questionnaires, and brain imaging data, as well as genetic information.

To read the full article by Heidi Splete in MDEdge click here. To read the study published in Nature Aging, 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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