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Dear <<First Name>>,
I write to you as Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne and some rural areas continue another gruelling week of lockdown with, seemingly, no end in sight. 
In my last president’s report I spoke about how polarised we have become as nations, communities and individuals, how a black and white world view stifles debate, scientific advancement and learning.  As doctors and medical practitioners we are at the forefront of dealing with the very real effect the pandemic has on our patients – illness, lockdowns, fear, hope, isolation.  This places enormous pressure on us which is only compounded by a sense of not being able to speak freely and share with colleagues our experiences, thoughts and knowledge.  We need to be able to openly enquire, question, discuss and share.
To help facilitate discussion AIMA is launching a drop-in meeting for doctors and health practitioners where we can come together to speak openly about our work.  The purpose of the meeting is to share knowledge, research and experience.  Our aim is to foster and encourage open, safe communication of the medical community’s experience of the pandemic. 
We are asking all attendees to register for the meeting. To facilitate open discussion ask attendees to agree to privacy provisions including not filming, recording, photographing or capturing in any way the images, voices or words of meeting participants.  We will be conducting the meeting under the ‘Chatham House Rule’ whereby participants are able to use information received in the meeting, while keeping confidentiality in relation to the identity or affiliation of participants.
The meeting will be on the 23rd of September at 6pm AEST/8pm NZ time.  If you are a doctor or health practitioner you can register for the webinar here.  
The purpose of this meeting is to share knowledge and to connect with colleagues.  AIMA does not have the capacity or expertise to offer emotional or psychological support beyond that which we would offer to colleagues in an everyday work setting.  AIMA acknowledges the extreme emotional toll this pandemic and our governments’ response has placed on health workers and encourages anyone with concerns about their mental health to seek help.  You can find resources here.  For AIMA members we are running guided discussions with Petrea King from Quest for Life where you can share your emotional experiences in working in pandemic times in a supportive group.  AIMA members are emailed details of these meetings.
We are in this together and we are here to help facilitate communication and support within our community and beyond.
Take care of yourself and take time to “fluff yourself up” as Petrea King has been requesting of us for many years.


Dr Penny Caldicott
AIMA President

Are you a health practitioner interested in integrative mental health care approaches?

AIMA invites you to an interactive event with Dr Wai Mun Tang (psychiatrist) and Dr Carrie Thomson-Casey (psychologist) discussing the scope of practice and collaboration among integrative mental health care professionals. Following a brief presentation participants will be invited to help us curate the development of an Integrative Mental Health interest group.

The informal discussion aims to ask members how they would like to develop further events for the interest group such as Zoom drop ins, topics, speakers, etc. 

Date: Wednesday 29th September
Time: 6:30-7:30pm AEST, 8:30pm-9:30pm NZST

This is a free event, however, registration is essential. To register, click HERE.

Carrie Thomson-Casey is a Clinical Psychologist and has worked in a variety of mental health settings for 25 years.

Her work roles have included sexual assault, domestic violence, perinatal depression and anxiety in rural and regional settings.

Carrie also has qualifications in nutrition/naturopathy and is undertaking a PhD exploring psychology and psychologist engagement with integrative health care approaches.

Dr Wai Mun Tang (MBBS FRANZCP) is an Integrative Psychiatrist in private practice in Sydney. 

Her practice Integrative Psychological Medicine was set up in 2005 with the aim of integrating the range of evidence-based modalities addressing the multilayered aspects of mental health from the biological, nutritional, psychological, emotional, social, cultural, energetic to spiritual components.

She works within a virtual multidisciplinary team of practitioners, fully engaging the patient at the centre of their own tailored, integrated, informed, and individualized approach towards optimal mental health.




Join us for this free webinar on Wednesday 15th September as Mind Medicine Australia presents…

Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies to treat Mental Illness – Your update on the latest science, data, and legal progress to ensure these treatments become available and accessible to all those suffering.

Date:  Wednesday 15 September 2021

Time: 6pm AEST  8pm NZST – 1 hour duration

Registration: This is a free event however registration is essential. Register here.


  • Tania de Jong AM, Co-Founder and Executive Director Mind Medicine Australia, Creativity Australia, Creative Universe and The Song Room
  • Dr Mario Alam, Holistic General Practitioner, Founder of World Doctor and Creator of Reset Retreat

Pre-Covid 1 in 5 people in Australia were suffering from a mental illness. At least 1 in 8 adults, 1 in 4 older adults, and 1 in 30 children are on anti-depressant medications currently. There has been no innovation in existing treatments for 5 decades, this has most certainly contributed to Australia’s devastating mental health statistics, which position Australia as second worst amongst all OECD nations, only ahead of Iceland. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic many more Australians are experiencing anxiety, trauma, addiction, depression, loneliness, and social isolation, and suicide rates could significantly increase in the absence of innovation in treatments.

In the quest for new treatment options for mental illness, attention is being paid to the potential role of psychedelic medicines as adjuncts to psychotherapy for a wide array of conditions, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and some addictions. Trials are also underway for dementia, Parkinson’s, strokes, cluster headaches, OCD, and eating disorders. A proactive approach to broadening the treatment options available for people who have a mental illness is desperately needed.

This keynote and Q & A are presented by Mind Medicine Australia. The session will provide an engaging and educational update incorporating new learnings, science, and data about innovative, safe, and effective treatments being used in a practical clinical setting. It will also provide information on how to access the TGA’s SAS-B pathway for psilocybin and MDMA-assisted therapies for treatment-resistant patients on a case-by-case basis.

For more information and to register for this event click HERE.

Mind The Gap: Navigating Health - Webinar Series

This two-part webinar series focusing on Navigating the Health System is being hosted by the Australian Disease Management  Association (ADMA), Melbourne School of Population & Global Health (MSPGH), and the Consumers Health Forum (CHF).
The webinars will be fast-paced panel discussions that consider navigating the health system across a lifetime including why this matters for patients and carers, what is happening in practice, and applying learnings within and across the health system. Open to all healthcare and social care sectors, researchers, policymakers, and consumers.
This will provide a great opportunity to hear and liaise with others working or interested in this area with a view to building community and ongoing collaboration.

Webinar 1
Date: Wednesday 15th September 2021  Time: 12pm-1.15pm AEST
Open & Close: Dr Daniel Fineberg, General Medicine, Alfred Health & ADMA
Chair: Siân Slade PhD Candidate, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

For more information including a list of panelists, click here. Please register in advance by clicking here.             

LIVE WEBINAR: The Thyroid Autoimmune Connection: 3 Essential Factors for Optimal Function with Dr Izabella Wentz

Thurs, 23 September 2021
Time: 9:00-10:30am NZT

Autoimmune thyroid conditions are common in the Western world, however, the standard conventional medical approach primarily focuses on replacing thyroid hormones without addressing the immune connection.

In this webinar, you will learn how to support three key body systems to help people who are looking to support their thyroid health, eliminate symptoms and reach their health goals. 

What will be covered:

  • Recognise how detoxification and digestive health contribute to thyroid function
  • Recognise the importance of the HPA axis
  • Learn which supplements and lifestyle modifications to prioritize to support these critical etiological factors
  • Explore the controversy of iodine
  • Learn which types of testing are the most valuable for thyroid function assessment and monitoring

Followed by a live interactive Q & A session. This allows our practitioners to make the most of this one-time opportunity to discuss anything and everything 'Thyroid' with Dr Izabella Wentz.

Register here.

Understanding and Optimising the Gut–Brain Connection – Friday, September 24th 12pm NZST

In this 60 minute presentation (inc Q&A) Kiran Krishnan talks about the bi-directional connection between the gut and the brain. Find out how gut microbiota can play a role in maintaining optimal brain health and strategies to promote gut health.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the gut–brain connection and how the gut microbiota can optimise brain health.
  • Come away with strategies to support clients to activate their vagus nerve, control environmental factors and improve microbial health.

Click HERE to register.


The 2021 BioCeuticals Symposium is now a fully virtual event - face to face still available in Perth!

The 2021 BioCeuticals Symposium Enhancing Mental Wellbeing: Navigating Modern Day Life from 1-3 October focuses on the role complementary and integrative medicine plays in supporting mental health and wellbeing. 
The 3-day event features world-class speakers including Dr Ron Ehrlich, Prof Kerry 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! 
Join us as we discuss practical treatment options for:  

  • depression and anxiety 
  • burnout and common stress 
  • peak mental performance

Get ready for a great virtual event that will include: 

  • Interactive plenary presentations, panel discussions, interviews, and Masterclasses all delivered on a state-of-the-art platform to ensure you can still participate live in all the action 
  • Plenty of time to chat, catch up, and share ideas with your peers and speakers via virtual networking 
  • Product tastings, samples and goodies are a must… exclusive delegate gift bags will be delivered to your door* 
  • CPE accredited for naturopaths, nutritionists, and other members of associations such as ATMS, ANTA, CMA, NHAA and ANPA 

 All from the comfort of your own home! 
Screen fatigue, it’s a thing. With this in mind, the program is loaded with short engaging sessions and mindful moments to help you re-energise, refocus and keep engaged. Need a break? Dip in and out of the live event as needed and watch the recordings later. 
Exclusive access to recorded sessions. Part of your virtual ticket gives you access to recorded sessions for 3 months on the event platform.** 
Click here to register today. 

LIVE WEBINAR: Allergies, Food Intolerances & Everything in Between with Dr Christine Houghton and Margeaux Kruger

Wednesday 20th October 2021, 7:00-9:00 pm NZT

One of the least-understood topics of our times centres on the underlying mechanisms governing allergies and food intolerances. A deeper understanding of how these mechanisms contribute to the distressing experiences of our patients can provide better therapeutic solutions.

Learn how to vastly simplify the process of correcting and managing symptoms of allergies and food intolerance. This highly effective approach is much less demanding on both the clinician and the patient.

Seven reasons to enrol in this webinar:

  • How the immune system creates balance between infection, allergy and autoimmunity.
  • Inbuilt systems that 'know' what not to attack!
  • How the gut ecosystem recognises 'self' from 'non-self'.
  • How to tackle the 'nasties' - histamines, lectins, oxalates, FODMAPS, salicylates etc.
  • Why children need exposure to 'germs'.
  • How to avoid making food intolerances worse; we show you an effective gut-centred approach.
  • Nutrigenomic strategies that act upstream to rebalance immune function, ultimately restoring immune homeostasis.

We round out with a CASE STUDY presentation to illustrate the principles in action.
Click here to register.

An estimated 1.2 million (5.6%) Australians aged 18 years and over have 1 or more cardiovascular-related condition, with a further 4.9% diagnosed with diabetes mellitus – a leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Controlling risk factors for CVD, such as environmental factors, obesity, insulin resistance, high cholesterol, and hypertension, and finding new approaches to diagnosis and treatment is key to improving clinical outcomes.

Join ACNEM for this comprehensive 2-day virtual training event which provides everything you need to know to identify, diagnose and manage complex cardiometabolic disorders.

Featuring a terrific line up of speakers including Dr Denise Furness, Dr Ross Walker, Dr Jason Hawrelak, Dr Sandeep Gupta, Dr Pran Yoganathan, Dr Arun Dhir, Dr Varghese Zachariah, Dr Paul Rodrigues, Dr Jason Kaplan, Dr Ron Ehrlich and Dr Lucy Burns.

Register soon to secure your early bird ticket price!

Hypothyroidism is one of the most common endocrine disorders, with a greater burden of disease in women and the elderly. Disorders of the adrenal gland are implicated in the top 3 chronic health conditions within Australia – fatigue, mood disorders and obesity.

Join ACNEM for this comprehensive 2-day virtual training event which provides everything you need to know to identify, diagnose and manage complex disorders of the thyroid and adrenal glands.

Featuring a fantastic line up of speakers including Dr Denise Furness, Dr Amy Gajjar, Dr Michelle Woolhouse, Rachel Arthur, Dr Nicole Nelson, Rachel Arthur, Natalie K. Douglas, Dr Paula Rodrigues, Cecily Chun and Lisa Costa Bir.

Register soon to secure your early bird ticket price!

According to the World Health Organisation, an estimated 13.7 million (24%) of all global deaths are linked with the environment each year. Furthermore, 91% of the world’s population live in areas where air pollution exceeds the World Health Organisation guideline limit.

Join ACNEM for this comprehensive 2-day virtual training event on Environmental Health which will explore controlling risk factors for environmental disease, such as chemical pollutants, wireless technologies, biotoxins, heavy metals and air pollution, and discuss new approaches to diagnosis and treatment.
Speakers include Joe Pizzorno, Dr Tim Ewer, Dr. Sandeep Gupta, Nicole Bijlsma, Dr Christabelle Yeoh, Dr Mark Donohoe, Prof Stephen P Myers, plus more to be announced soon!

Register now to secure your early bird ticket price!

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


We are proud to be a Partner for Mind Medicine Australia’s International Summit on Psychedelic Therapies for Mental Illness, taking place online from 19-20 November 2021.

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 program features a world class line-up of talks, workshops, hot spots, panel conversations and creative moments.

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.


Seeking Integrative GP and Allied Health Professionals at Bayeaf Wellness in Melbourne, Victoria

Based in Kew, Melbourne, Bayleaf Wellness is an integrative medicine clinic and dispensary that promotes holistic primary healthcare services in a multidisciplinary setting. We are committed to supporting our practitioners with excellent medical administrative support and a collaborative approach to care with our weekly multidisciplinary meetings.
Integrative GP and Allied Health Professionals (flexible days/times)
We are seeking additional doctors and allied health professionals (psychologist, Osteopath etc) to join our multi-disciplinary clinical team to meet increased demand for our services. Are you looking for job satisfaction to develop your professional practice, work autonomously and within your area of interest? There are many opportunities to work to your maximum scope of practice supported by our passionate Wellbeing Team across a variety of disciplines.
 Concierge VIP care and client support
We offer VIP concierge support for your business from medical and allied health administration to patient liaison.  From first contact to last you can be assured that your clients are receiving the best care and support leaving you to focus on what you do best. Excellent medical administration, practitioner and patient contact, billing, AHPRA liaison and support is provided.
Contact Jennifer Osborne, CEO via:
or call 0409 275 022.

FxMed Area Manager - South Island, New Zealand

Are you a qualified Naturopath who is passionate about education and enjoys selling?  We are looking for someone who is confident supporting retailers and practitioners at all levels as an on-road Area Manager for NaturalMeds and FxMed for the entire South Island. The position would be 4 to 5 days a week to suit the successful applicant.  

This position has a high-sales performance focus & expectation, so you would naturally need to be a people person and an excellent communicator. You would also be a fast learner and able to retain lots of information while being very well organised and computer savvy. In addition, a good understanding of sales reporting is important, including the ability to analyse and identify opportunities for growth.  

NaturalMeds is a well-established and highly regarded distributor of the highest quality international supplement brands to retailers (health stores and pharmacies).  
FxMed is a well-established and highly regarded distributor of trusted Practitioner brands from around the globe. We are passionate about Functional Medicine, offering functional testing and innovative, research-based nutraceuticals to a wide range of Practitioners. 

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Increased stroke risk linked with excess sitting in those under 60

Adults under 60 who spend most of their days sitting have a higher risk of stroke compared to those who spend more time being physically active, a new study finds.

People who reported sitting eight or more hours daily and were not very physically active otherwise were seven times more at risk of having a stroke than people who spent fewer than four hours being sedentary and at least 10 minutes exercising each day, according to a study published in Stroke from the American Heart Association.

"Ultimately, what we saw is that even minimal amounts of physical activity – walking 3 hours a week, for example – could blunt the impact of sedentary time," lead author, Raed A. Joundi, MD, DPhil said. "Doing what you can, even if it's a small amount, tends to be quite meaningful over a long period of time."

To read an article by Will Pass published in MDEdge, click here. To read the study, published in Stroke click here.
Learning and practicing salsa dancing and the cha-cha-cha may boost brain health in older adults

 A recent study examined the effect of a 4-month BAILAMOS™ Latin dance intervention, followed by a 4-month maintenance program on cognition and mobility in community dwelling older Latinos. The randomized controlled trial, which included more than 300 older participants, found that those who participated  showed significant improvement in their working memory and mobility.

Dancing poses a "high demand" on attention and memory, and the process of recalling steps and learning new dance steps may be the reason working memory improved, said study chief Susan Aguiñaga, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Click here to read the full article by Megan Brooks in Medscape or here to view the findings presented at Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) 2021.

Do you want to support integrative medicine?

Making a donation e.g. "buying us a coffee" is a fun and easy way to support AIMA and will directly help us to realise our aims:

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

By donating, you will join our community of supporters who believe in creating a society where everyone can experience their optimal health and wellbeing through integrative medicine and its sustainable model of healthcare.

Thank you for your support, in advance - and thanks for the coffee!

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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