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JULY 2021
AIMA Management Team's Report
Dear <<First Name>>,
Senate Inquiry into AHPRA
Today we spoke to the Australian Senate Inquiry into the AHPRA notification process.  We had the opportunity to talk to the Senators about the perceived bias against doctors who practice integrative medicine from the regulatory authorities along with the very real negative effects that a notification has on doctors.
We presented evidence gathered from interviews we conducted in 2020 with doctors who had undergone (or were in the middle of) a notification process.  In particularly we spoke on:
  • how ideological differences are often behind notifications made by other doctors
  • the need for integrative doctors to have their practice assessed by true peers
  • the procedural inequity of many notification processes particularly around the disparity in timeframes asked of doctors compared to the tardy communications from AHPRA
  • the lack of knowledge and clarity about how the notification processes work in QLD and NSW compared to the rest of the country
  • how supervised practice should only be recommended when there has been clear evidence of patient harm
  • how a notification often leads to an interrogation of a doctor beyond the initial complaint (fishing expedition)
  • the need for there to be redress/appeal for doctors beyond the AHPRA process and that this should include an option for financial reparations
  • the rights of the patient for privacy
Our major focus, however, was on how damaging receiving a notification is for a doctor particularly when the complaint involves no patient harm and appears to be ideologically based.  We were able to refer to specific (anonymised) examples of this, giving the committee powerful real examples of how the APHRA notification process effects doctors.  The committee asked us to submit further examples of this in written evidence.
We’ll keep you posted on what happens


Dr Penny Caldicott
AIMA President

Cressida Hall


Health services use immense amounts of resources in delivering care to their patients.

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care is developing a Climate Risk module for consultation, to help increase awareness of and reduce the climate risks that health services are facing. The module will include practical actions aiming to reduce health service organisations’ environmental footprint and enable them to adapt to climate risks.

Improving the environmental sustainability of health services is an opportunity to improve the safety and quality of care, improve the health of the community, and reduce low value care and unwarranted variation.

Accreditation to the module will be voluntary. Register your interest now or find out more on their webpage.


The 2021 BioCeuticals Symposium Enhancing Mental Wellbeing: Navigating Modern Day Life focuses on the role complementary and integrative medicine plays in supporting mental health and wellbeing.
Taking place on 1-3 October 2021, the event features world-class speakers including Dr Ron Ehrlich, Prof Kerryn Phelps, Dr Austin Perlmutter, Prof Julia Rucklidge, Dr Jermone Sarris and many more.  This incredible line-up will not come around again - don't miss out!
In our ever-changing world, the new hybrid format runs simultaneously across 4 locations, and 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
This means no matter what, you won't miss out on the world-class plenary presentations and interactive workshops! If your location can't go ahead, your ticket will be transferred to a virtual ticket, and the difference refunded.
Join us as we 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.


Become a Fitgenes trained Practitioner by completing the Fitgenes Accreditation Online Workshop, hosted by Nutrisearch on Friday 29th October 2021.

Fitgenes provides training for degree-qualified medical and allied health professionals to interpret genetic data and develop personalised programs for your clients.

The level of training you require depends on which Fitgenes product you wish to make available to your clients. There are minimum qualifications required for certain products, the training application process will give you more information about this.

 To register your interest in attending, please email


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.


Some of you may have participated in PhD researcher Yasamin Veziari's survey last year to further the understanding of the barriers to the conduct and application of research in complementary and alternative medicine.

The results are in and the findings from this research suggest a multitude of barriers negatively impact the conduct and application of research in CAM. Insights gained from this research will be instrumental in developing actionable strategies aimed at mitigating the impact of these barriers to improve research engagement in CAM.  Yasamin thanks all of those who participated.

To access the manuscript, click here

Fish oil may help fight depression

A recent study has provided exciting new insight into how omega-3 fatty acids bring about anti-inflammatory effects that improve depression.

Using a combination of laboratory and patient research, the study found that treatment with PA and DHA omega-3 PUFAs (found in oily fish) was associated with a significant improvement in depression, with an average 64% drop in symptoms for the EPA group and 71% in the DHA group. It does not prove cause-and-effect, however.

To read the full article by Megan Brooks in Medscape, click here. To read the study, published online in Molecular Psychiatry, click here.
Time-restricted eating study shows promise in helping people lose body fat

Time-restricted eating may produce a modest 1% to 4% weight loss, even without cutting calories, early studies in humans suggest. Whilst promising, more research is needed to provide definitive evidence.

Time-restricted eating is a type of intermittent fasting restricting the time between the first and last food intake each day -- therefore prolonging the daily fasting period. The best results were seen with early time-restricted eating (that is, ending the nighttime fasting early in the day) and allowing a person to eat 8 to 10 hours each day (eg, 8 AM to 4 PM or 8 AM to 6 PM), with fasting and only water allowed the remaining hours.

Click here to read the full article by Marlene Busko in Medscape.
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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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