6th International Conference on Phytotherapeutics 21-23 September 2007 Rydges Lakeside, Canberra ACT, Australia: program.
Subject: Medicine, Botanic (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Medicine, Herbal (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Universities and colleges (Australia)
Universities and colleges (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Pub Date: 06/22/2007
Publication: Name: Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism Publisher: National Herbalists Association of Australia Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2007 National Herbalists Association of Australia ISSN: 1033-8330
Issue: Date: Summer, 2007 Source Volume: 19 Source Issue: 2
Product: Product Code: 8220000 Colleges & Universities NAICS Code: 61131 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools SIC Code: 8221 Colleges and universities
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Australia Geographic Code: 8AUST Australia
Accession Number: 174818476
Full Text: Friday 21 September 2007

8.30 a.m.-10.30 a.m.

Registration and morning tea

10.30 a.m.

Opening welcome

Guest speaker and John Baxter NHAA


11.00 a.m.-12 noon

Global trends in natural healthcare

Professor Gerard Bodeker (UK)

In industrialised societies complementary medicine is being used in an integrated way with modern medicine by half or more of the population. And the populations of most developing countries use traditional medicine for their everyday healthcare needs. The WHO Global Atlas of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) charts these trends. The findings from this and from a new book on Public Health & Policy Perspectives on TCAM (Bodeker & Burford 2007) include: the majority of the world's population uses TCAM on a regular basis; they pay out of pocket; Asian traditional health systems are globalising; governments are focussing on regulation of practice, training, product quality and safety; women significantly outnumber men in the use of TCAM and each uses TCAM differently; prevention is favoured with a lifestyle approach to health and well being. These new patterns of healthcare utilisation, policy and practice will be discussed in light of global data.


Professor Gerry Bodeker has been involved in the international wellness and complementary medicine fields for the past two decades. An Australian, whose doctoral studies were at Harvard, he is a senior faculty member in public health in the University of Oxford Medical School and Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University, New York. He has been Chair of the Commonwealth Working Group on Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and has done work on traditional medicine and medicinal plant conservation for a number of UN agencies. He has written extensively on traditional & complementary medicine. Prof Bodeker is a founding editor of the Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, international editor of the Journal of Tropical Medicinal Plants and editor-in-chief of the World Health Organization Global Atlas on Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, WHO, Geneva 2005. He is editor of a new book Policy & Public Health Perspectives on traditional Complementary & Alternative Medicine (2007) and contributor of the complementary medicine section of the forthcoming Encyclopaedia of Public Health. He regularly advises corporations and government and international agencies on new directions in wellness practice, health policy and research in natural healthcare.

12.00 noon-12.30 p.m.

Practitioner challenges in evidence based medicine

Nicholas Burgess (Sydney NSW)

Health care professionals using herbal medicines are challenged to provide treatment proposals with evidence for safety and efficacy; not simply to justify their selection of treatment options or advice but also for ethical and legal reasons. Good quality evidence is hard to find and is often limited to treatments for a few specific disease states. Many patients present to natural therapists with a broad array of health complaints, treatment options for which might lack specific evidence.


In this lecture, Nick will discuss these issues and suggest possible solutions for those faced with the daily dilemma about evidence in herbal practice. Nick Burgess is a Fellow of the National Herbalists Association of Australia and a past president. He was on the board of directors for 13 years and has played an active role in the political understanding and advancement of herbal medicines in Australia. Nick holds a Masters degree in Herbal Medicines from the University of Sydney (Pharmacy Faculty) and has over 25 years' experience in the field of herbal medicines. His standing in herbal medicine in Australia was demonstrated by his appointment for three years (1999-2002) to the Complementary Medicines Evaluation Committee (CMEC) of the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration, as an expert in herbal medicine.

Burgess was also a member of the Herbal Working Party, a sub-committee of the CMEC reviewing policy on herbal medicines. He is well known as a presenter and has lectured for over twenty years in a broad range of herbal medicine subjects to graduate and undergraduate students in colleges and universities in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

12.30 p.m.-1.00 p.m.

Practitioner only products: what does this mean?


Michelle McLaughlin (Canberra ACT)

This presentation will outline the questions that practitioners should ask about the medicines they use. Every day practitioners make, compound, dispense and prescribe manufactured medicines for their clients. Some manufactured products meet required standards for quality and safety--but this is not necessarily the case for all. Do you know which ones? And what does this mean for your clients--or you? Then there are all the studies and advertisements indicating support or caution for particular substances.

How do you sort the proverbial wheat from the chaff? This presentation will help you answer these questions.

Michelle McLaughlin has worked with the Therapeutic Goods Administration since 1993, both as part of the regulatory organisation and as a regulatory affairs consultant. She has been a part of the Office of Complementary Medicines since its inception, specialising in the regulation and evaluation of herbal and homoeopathic. Michelle has a degree in medical laboratory science and studied naturopathy prior to starting with the TGA. She has considerable experience assessing the impact of regulation on the practice and use of complementary medicines. The Office of Complementary Medicines is responsible for evaluating and reviewing the safety, quality and efficacy of complementary medicines supplied in Australia.

1.00 p.m.-1.30 p.m.

Light lunch

1.30 p.m.-2.00 p.m. Concurrent session

The growing legitimation of complementary medicine in Australia: successes and


Dr Hans Baer (Melbourne Victoria)

What started out as the holistic health movement in the early 1970s has evolved into the professionalised entity that is generally referred to as 'complementary medicine' in Australia. Since the 1980s various heterodox medical systems, including naturopathy and Western herbalism, have achieved considerable public recognition. The emergence of complementary medicine programs offering bachelor's degrees at public universities appears to have driven the upgrading of programs of study at private complementary medicine schools. The Australian Government has increasingly come to express an interest in complementary medicine, particularly as a strategy to promote individual responsibility for health among Australians and ultimately to contain public expenditures for health by diverting more and more health care to complementary practitioners who are generally not covered under Medicare.


Hans A Baer, PhD, is a social anthropologist with a specialty in medical anthropology. He holds a joint position in the School of Social and Environmental Enquiry and the Centre of Health and Society at the University of Melbourne. He has written and co-authored a number of books In the area of medical anthropology. Hans has conducted historical and ethnographic research on complementary medicine in the US, UK and Australia and ethnographic research on two naturopathic HIV clinics in a Western US city. He has recently embarked upon an ethnographic study of two private naturopathic colleges in Australia.

1.30 p.m.-2.00 p.m. Concurrent session

Iga Warta: significant plants

Christine de Brenni (Angaston SA)

This presentation is a brief introduction to the Adnyamathanha people of the Northern Flinders Ranges, South Australia and will include past healing systems and medicinal plants, current situation, factors affecting their way of life and the plants (including food, medicinal and ritual).

2.00 p.m.-2.30 p.m. Concurrent session

Herbal medicine in Sweden

Michael McMullen (Sweden)

Before the 1950s the Swedish Pharmacopoeia resembled many other European Pharmacopoeias--including a potpourri of herbal products. Entering the antibiotic age two large pharmaceutical companies emerged in Sweden: Astra and Farmacia. As in the rest of Europe herbs fell into disuse until an upsurge of interest in traditional medicines in the 70s and 80s. Unlike the British Isles and continental Europe, the Swedish herbal folk traditions never produced professional herbalists or schools of herbalism. I opened the first Swedish school of herbal medicine in 1996. Herbal medicine in Sweden will be dominated by the registration legislation in 2011.


After training as a psychologist and working as an audiologist for the Commonwealth Department of Health I studied with Denis Stuart and joined NHAA in 1986. I have a busy practice in Stockholm and together with my wife Anna, distribute herbal extracts and nutraceuticals. In 1996 I started Sweden's first professional training course and in 2000 published a herbal medicine book. Currently I am undertaking a doctorate at the University of Westminster in London researching the effect of medicinal plants on the autonomic nerve system and the cardiovascular system, and in 2007 have presented posters at cardiology congresses in Madrid and Athens.

2.00 p.m.-2.30 p.m. Concurrent session

Observations of integrated medicine in Mexico and Cuba

Sue Evans (Lennox Head NSW)


Cuba, Mexico and Australia share a common history of colonization, which means that introduced European medicinal plants are found alongside a range of indigenous remedies in each country.

Further, in all three countries there has been a developing relationship between biomedicine and herbal medicine in recent decades. However these relationships have developed in very different ways and have resulted in a range of practices of integration and cooperation. Drawing on recent observations of herbal practice in Mexico and Cuba, Sue will begin to describe these differences of approach and discuss the potential for cross fertilization of ideas and practices.

Sue Evans has practiced and taught herbal medicine for the last 25 years in Melbourne and Lismore, NSW. Her affection for the countries of Latin America is in part related to the centrality of spiritual fife and the clear expression of vitalism--both core tenets of herbal philosophy--which can be easily observed in everyday life there. Currently she lectures in herbal medicine in the Department of Natural and Complementary Medicine at Southern Cross University, where her research focus is on documenting the role of traditional philosophy, particularly vitalism, in contemporary herbal practice. She is completing a PhD entitled "Change, tension and contradiction: an exploration of contemporary herbal medicine in Australia".

2.30 p.m.-3.00 p.m. Concurrent session

The place of natural therapies in refugee health care


Jenny Adams (Melbourne Victoria)

Judy Singer (Lennox Head NSW)


This presentation considers the place of natural therapies as a treatment approach within a Melbourne based refugee health care agency. Through the stories told by refugee women of their experiences of natural therapies and the voices of referring counsellors, our combined research highlights the value and place of natural therapies in this unique model of health care.

Jenny Adams works as a naturopath at Foundation House and in private practice. Last year she completed a Master of Public Health degree, which included a research project exploring counsellors' perspectives of the Natural Therapies Program at Foundation House.

Judy Singer worked as a naturopath with the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (Foundation House) before enrolling in a PhD at Southern Cross University, Lismore. Her research explores the refugee clients' experiences of natural therapies at Foundation House, and their past experiences of traditional medicine in their home countries.

2.30 p.m.-3.00 p.m. Concurrent session

Women's use of traditional medicine in Thailand

Assunta Hunter (Melbourne Victoria)

In Thailand the use of traditional medicine is still widespread despite access at all levels of society to a modern health system. This presentation will explore the role of gender and religion in determining the continuity of traditional knowledge. It will explore aspects of women's use of traditional medicine in Thailand and discuss the status and prevalence of traditional medical practices in a rapidly modernising country. Modernisation has had a profound effect on the persistence of traditional beliefs and traditional medical knowledge. Buddhism and pragmatism have an ongoing role in ensuring the continuity of traditional medical practices.

Assunta Hunter BA (hons), ND, Master of Women's Health, is a lecturer in Complementary Medicine at the Australian Centre for Complementary Medicine Education and Research (ACCMER) which is based at the University of Queensland. She teaches a Graduate Certificate in Evidence Based Medicine to a multi professional student group which includes naturopaths, pharmacists, nurses and doctors. She is also a tutor at Melbourne University. Assunta is a practicing herbalist who has a long standing interest in women's health, the herbal treatment of menopause and women's use of traditional medicine.

3.00 p.m.-3.45 p.m.

High Tea

3.45 p.m.-4.30 p.m.

"Horror autotoxicus" and St John's wort


Dr Wojciech Kielczynski (Melbourne Victoria)

Clinical observation in 1998 that Hypericum perfoliatum (HP) allev-iates pain and progression of rheum-atoid arthritis, led to setting a small clinical study on patients with autoimmunity.

Thirty subjects, non smokers (for nicotine exclusion) with early Graves' disease, were given exclusively herbal medication with and without HP. Outcomes of this study are presented and the possible interaction of HP with immune synapse is explained. Results suggest that patients on HP get stronger suppression of autoimmunity, require shorter time for recovery and have long symptom free periods.

Dr Voytek Kielczynski has been practicing herbalism for 30 years including 20 years in Australia. He is experienced in orthodox medicine (MD), medical research (PhD), herbal and medical education (ACoHM) and regulatory affairs (TGA).

Currently he practices exclusively herbalism phytotherapy. He travels widely, especially to Polar Regions, for collection of plants that are useful in therapy. He also produces, for his patients, increasing amounts of his own herbal extracts not available or deleted from production by manufacturers. He is a member of National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK) and the NHAA.

4.30-5.15 p.m.

The potential benefits of herbal medicines in preparing for microbial pandemics

Phil Rasmussen (New Zealand)

International concerns are mounting about dangerous microbes including a possible avian influenza pandemic in humans, yet conventional drug treatments have several limitations. Therefore there is an urgent need to objectively appraise and produce herbal products with the ability to help increase resistance to such infections, and the prospects of survival should a pandemic occur.


Phil will discuss the current risks of a pandemic outbreak, and appraise the evidence in favour of both conventional as well as herbal prophylactics and treatments.

Phil has a busy clinic in Auckland where he has practiced for 14 years. Before this he worked for more than 10 years as a pharmacist, and did research on antidepressant drugs and serotonin. He has lectured at naturopathic and herbal colleges, written extensively on herbal subjects for both practitioner and consumer publications, and presented at conferences in New Zealand, Australia and the UK for many years.

Phil is also the Deputy Chair of the Interim Expert Advisory Committee on Complementary & Alternative Medicines, established by the NZ and Australian governments as part of preparations towards a joint regulatory agency.

5.15-6.00 p.m.

Echinacea: myth and reality, a personal journey


Associate Professor Kerry Bone (Warwick Qld)


Despite its popularity the potential of Echinacea is underestimated by both practitioners and the public. One reason for this is the conflicting "rules and regulations" about its use. Are these constraints valid or are they myth? New research on Echinacea paints a very different picture of the herb and how it works, one that aligns very closely with the Eclectics. In this presentation Kerry will discuss Echinacea from a personal perspective as a student, prescriber, user and researcher. In particular he will focus the latest scientific discoveries that lead to a new understanding of this important medicinal plant.

Kerry Bone BSc (Hons), Dip Phyto, FNIMH, FNHAA, MCPP, FANTA, was an experienced research chemist before studying herbal medicine full time in the UK. He is currently a practising herbalist (more than 22 years' experience), co-founder and head of Research and Development at MediHerb and Principal of the Australian College of Phytotherapy. In conjunction with the University of New England, Kerry has developed a Masters degree program in clinical herbal medicine and was appointed an Associate Professor by the university. He is a regular contributor to various journals and has published five books. His most recent book is The Ultimate Herbal Compendium: A Desktop Guide for Herbal Prescribers.

6.00 p.m.

Cocktail hour

7.00 p.m.

Free dinner time

Saturday 22 September 2007

8.30-9.15 am.

Infection and cancer

Jennie Burke (Sydney NSW)

We are taught that cancer may be induced through multiple factors. These include environmental factors, carcinogens, as a factor of ageing, genetic mutations, immune system disorders, poor diet and by some viruses. I will present the long history found in the scientific literature implicating bacterial infection as cancer induction. For over 100 years scientists have cultured varying bacteria from tumours and in many cases have cured cancer by treating such infections. This area of science has been ignored and at times actively discouraged from full investigation. Bacteria known to induce cancer are neither routinely screened in patients nor routinely treated.

In 1985 Jennie Burke established Australian Biologics Testing Services. This laboratory provides tests for holistic practitioners and reflects a naturopathic philosophy. Jennie's training is in medical technology, herbal medicine and nutrition. Jennie has lectured at meetings of the German and Austrian Societies of Oncology, the International Cancer and Nutrition Society, at two World Breast Cancer Conferences in Canada and at the Collegium Humanum in Switzerland. She has been awarded life long memberships in the Societies of Oncology of both Austria and Germany. Jennie has been convenor of the 3 World Congresses on Cancer held in Australia, bringing together scientists from thirteen countries.

9.15-10.00 a.m.

Positive interactions--herbs and chemotherapy

Dr Karen Bridgman (Sydney NSW)

Big News!! Herbal medicines interact with chemotherapy! Unfortunately the most attention paid to these interactions is from a negative perspective. Although in its infancy, there is research to indicate that taking herbs with chemotherapy can significantly improve patient outcomes, not only improving quality of life, reducing side effects and reducing overall chance of recurrence, but also making chemotherapy more effective by decreasing the development of cellular resistance. From the research learn which herbs interact positively with different forms of chemotherapy and why.


Dr Karen Bridgman has been renowned in the field of complementary medicine for the last 25 years. Coming from a Nuclear Medicine background she has been working clinically as a Naturopath for over 25 years, for the last 16 years in a holistic medical practice and private pathology laboratory in Sydney. She has two Master's degrees, a Doctorate in Philosophy, alongside Herbal and Naturopathic diplomas. Karen lectures at the University of Sydney and is developing the Western herbal clinical component of the Masters of Herbal Medicine. She is currently studying for a Masters in Higher Education at the University of Sydney. Karen is Vice President of the Natural Health Care Alliance and was on the Health Claims & Consumer Protection Advisory Committee for the NSW Department of Health. She is the managing director of a small business selling Australian grown organic dried medicinal herbs and teas.

10.00-10.30 a.m.

Morning tea

10.30-11.15 a.m.

After cancer: exploring survivorship and long term care

Shauna Ashewood (Adelaide SA)

In an era of earlier detection and better survival from cancer, there is a growing cohort of long term cancer survivors. Their "survivorship" and specific needs are now being considered by researchers and health care providers. There are significant psychological issues and longer term effects of treatment that may arise in this time. We are well placed to offer support at this time, especially in the rebuilding of physical reserves depleted by treatment, as well as the support of an ongoing health provider relationship. I believe we have a significant role in the prevention of recurrence, of new cancers and of late effects of treatment. This requires good knowledge, a diverse anticancer protocol and highly individualised application. I will explore some of the research about cancer survivors and their needs, and examine strategies for long term care.


Shauna graduated from the SA College of Botanic Medicine and Natural Therapies in 1987. Since then, her clinical practice has been predominantly focused on women and children's health, and supporting people with cancer. Shauna brings to her work skills and qualifications from a Bachelor of Science Degree, a Diploma in Education, a Diploma in Health Counselling and a Master of Public Health. Shauna regularly lectures to health professionals as well as community groups. Over the last 10 years, she has worked more intensively with people with cancer and feels honoured to be working with people during the processes of treatment, recovery and survival, as well as end of life issues. Shauna is currently serving as an Executive Director on the Board of the NHAA.

11.15 a.m.-12.15 p.m.

Living and dying with dignity

Kakkib Ii'Dthia Warrawee'a (Victoria)

In our eagerness to be good physicians or healers we all too often lose sight of the necessity that the proper performance of medical practice is an act of reverence. Kakkib Ii'Dthia will, as he always does, take us to exciting places in his exploration of our treatment of cancers and other states of health and wellbeing.


This will be our last opportunity to hear this compelling speaker and raconteur as Kakkib Ii'Dthia is terminally ill and has retired from giving any more lectures--this one is just for us!

Kakkib Ii'Dthia Warrawee'a is an Ondtoldta--a doctor of an Aboriginal medicine--in the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University, on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (NY), he writes for The Art of Healing, and so much more. But most of all he is a thought provoking and inspirational speaker who will simply "rock-your-socks"!

12.15 p.m.-1.30 p.m.


1.30 p.m.-2.00 p.m.

The imperial tonics: their place in longevity

Ruth Kendon (Sydney NSW)

This presentation continues the discussion of naturopathic and herbal medicines and their value in longevity. The first instalment, published in AJHM, laid out the basis of health maintenance and treatment of disorders to help prevent premature decline and death. In this instalment the traditional Chinese longevity tonics astragalus, ginseng, gotu kola, reishi, polygonum and Siberian ginseng will be discussed along with the brain tonics gingko and bilberry.


Ruth Kendon is a practising naturopath and herbalist based in Sydney. After graduating in 1984 with diplomas in Naturopathy and Botanical Medicine, she has spent the last 23 years in private practice. She has taught clinical nutrition at all levels for 17 years and for the last 10 years has been involved in the formulation and design of hundreds of natural health products. She has delivered presentations at a number of international conferences on subjects ranging from ageing and longevity to herbal treatment of infectious disease. Her greatest passion is for genuine high quality herbal and nutritional medicines and foods. Ruth is a Director of the Board of the NHAA.

2.00 p.m.-2.30 p.m. Concurrent session

The biomedical and social constructs of ADHD and the implications for herbal therapeutics


Rob Santich (Sydney NSW)

This presentation explores the misty road from biology to behaviour and the key issues of whether ADHD is a social or medical problem. Includes a discussion of appropriate herbal remedies.

Rob Santich is a practicing herbalist of 22 years' experience and runs a herbal practice in Avalon, Sydney. Aside from seeing patients, Rob is involved with postgraduate herbal education and is involved with the Graduate Diploma of Phytotherapy at the University of New England. He has served on the Board of Directors of the NHAA for 5 years and as a member of the Complementary Medicines Evaluation Committee, Therapeutic Goods Administration for 3 years. He has a special interest in ethnobotanical studies and often travels to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota USA to study traditional Lakota herb use.

2.00 p.m.-2.30 p.m. Concurrent session

Hep573 study of complementary medicine for chronic hepatitis C

Ses Salmond (Sydney NSW)

Of the 210,000 Australians living with chronic hepatitis C, only 4,000 hepatitis C patients will receive pegylated interferon and ribavirin in 2007, while 35% of hepatitis C patients at two liver clinics in NSW reported using antioxidants and herbal medicines. In this study 118 participants were recruited into a randomised double blind placebo controlled clinical trial testing the safety and effectiveness of silymarin or silymarin with antioxidants in patients with CHC. Outcomes were assessed using liver tests, viral studies and oxidative stress markers.


Preliminary results of the HCV RNA levels, F2-isoprostanes and liver inflammation will be presented at the Conference.

Ses Salmond is an experienced herbalist and naturopath who has been practicing at the Arkana Therapy Centre, Chippendale and Leichhardt Women's Community Health Centre for over 15 years. She has been on the Board of the NHAA since 1996 and from 2000 has held the position of Vice-President. In 2006 she was bestowed a Fellowship of the NHAA.

Ses is the Course Coordinator of the Western Herbal Medicine Department at Nature Care College. She is currently enrolled in a PhD in the School of Medical Practice, University of Newcastle coordinating herbal research in hepatitis C under the supervision of Professor Robert Batey and Professor Michael Hensley.

2.30 p.m.-3.00 p.m. Concurrent session

Stress and fertility


Melanie Koeman (Sydney NSW)

The female reproductive system is a sensitive barometer of stress. The profound impact of stress (physical, mental and emotional) on fertility is an unacknowledged and often ill-addressed concern for couples seeking fertility treatment. Similarly, ongoing fertility problems in themselves cause significant stress hurdles that need to be overcome.

This talk will use case studies to discuss the many avenues for successful fertility treatment that focus on addressing the stress component of this distressing problem.

Melanie Koeman has been a naturopath and herbalist since 1995 and is clinic director of Sydney Health & Fertility. Melanie specialises in treating women's health issues, fertility problems and pregnancy concerns and has helped hundreds of couples conceive healthy babies. Melanie originally studied science and has since been a keen researcher, scientific technical writer and consultant in the field of complementary medicine. She has lectured over the past 12 years in educational institutions and at complementary and orthodox medicine conferences.

2.30 p.m.-3.00 p.m. Concurrent session

Plants for medicines: an ethnobotanical survey

Hans Wohlmuth (Lismore NSW)

At the 2004 NHAA Conference a survey of plant use by practitioners was carried out. Respondents reported the professional use of a total of 322 species in the preceding 12 months; 309 of these were angiosperms. The most widely prescribed species were Glycyrrhiza glabra, Vitex agnus-castus, Actaea racemosa, Hypericum perforatum and Zingiber officinale. The most frequently prescribed species were Withania somnifera, Glycyrrhiza glabra, Echinacea spp and Silybum marianum. Relative to their size, the Lamiaceae, Apiaceae and Asteraceae emerged as the most productive medicinal families. On average 74% of all prescriptions were liquids for oral use, 21% were solid dose forms for oral use, and 5% were for topical use. Several herbs were combined in a prescription in nine out of ten cases; 75% of all prescriptions combined 4-6 herbs.


Hans Wohlmuth is the Head of the Department of Natural and Complementary Medicine at Southern Cross University. He is also the Curator of the University's Medicinal Plant Herbarium and a co-founder of its Herbal Authentication Service which provides independent authentication of botanical raw materials. He is passionate about plants, education and natural medicine becoming part of the mainstream health care sector. He teaches pharmacognosy and phytotherapy to naturopathic students and conducts research in a range of areas.

3.00 p.m.-3.30 p.m. Concurrent session

Boyz bitz: the sociology of men's health


Ondine Spitzer (Melbourne Victoria)

What are the main health concerns for men? Do these correlate with the health problems they experience? And why are men so reluctant to address their health issues? Up to date research on men's health will be presented including discussion on who men talk to about their health concerns and what those concerns are. Do herbalists treat male patients differently from female patients? What is different about our case taking, our treatment strategies and our prescriptions?

Case discussion will be used to highlight these issues, and a different take offered on some commonly used herbs that could be considered for the treatment of men.

Ondine has been in practice as a herbalist and naturopath for 13 years and has her own clinic in Collingwood (Melbourne). She lectured in herbal medicine and supervised naturopathy students for 11 years at the Australian College of Natural Medicine, and is a past President of the Victorian Herbalists' Association. Ondine completed her Master of Social Health at the University of Melbourne in 2004, writing her thesis on whether medicine and naturopathy can be integrated. She maintains an interest in academic research on issues of social health, as well as a strong commitment to her clinical practice.

3.00-3.30 p.m.

The practice of professional WHM in Australia: a national survey of NHAA


Mavourneen Casey (Gosford NSW)

Recent research in Australia has demonstrated that the Western herbal profession makes a substantial contribution to the healthcare sector with an estimated 1.9 million consultations annually. A current Government report concluded that Western herbal medicine and naturopathy represent an untapped resource to the public health sector. Despite these trends most natural medicine professions in Australia remain outside of the public healthcare system. Consequently little is documented about the characteristic elements of herbal practice and even less about herbal practitioners.

This presentation provides a summary of the results from a national survey of NHAA practitioners: including data about key aspects of clinical practices; herbal morbidity; and herbal prescribing.

Mavourneen Casey is a qualified Herbalist and Naturopath. After 7 years in clinical practice, where she worked in a multi disciplinary medical clinic with medical practitioners and medical specialists she took up an Australian Government Postgraduate Award scholarship at the University of Newcastle, School of Medical Practice and Population Health to complete a PhD. She has lectured extensively at Nature Care College, Macquarie University, Sydney University and Newcastle University. Over the last three years she has been employed as a lecturer at the University of Newcastle teaching in the Bachelor of Herbal therapies degree.

3.30-3.45 p.m.

Afternoon tea

3.45 p.m.-5 p.m.

NHAA Annual General Meeting

An opportunity for all members and interested people to take an active part in the NHAA. Discussions and issues arising from the AGM may be continued during the Sunday Forum.

7.00 p.m.

Conference dinner (Awards, trivia night)

Sunday 23 September 2007

8.30-9.30 a.m.

Infectious tropical disease and botanical medicine: matching nature's complexity

Bevin Clare (Laurel MD, USA)

Multi-component medicinal plants can match the complexity of ever evolving pathogens in intricate ways both , understood and mysterious. As part of our age old battle of man and the microbe, our deepening understanding of the interaction between humans, plants and the microbial world brings us closer to the successes of the past and the pharmacy of the future.


We will explore the place where infectious tropical disease, the human body, pharmaceuticals and botanical medicines meet in contemporary research.

Bevin Clare, MS RH(AHG) is on the faculty of the MS in Herbal Medicine program at Tai Sophia Institute in MD, USA and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, as well as being an avid plant lover. Bevin is a clinical herbalist, nutritionist, and a guest researcher at the National Institutes of Health. She holds a MS in Infectious Disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Ms Clare lectures widely, and seeks to integrate traditional and modern evidence-based applications of herbal medicines into conventional medicine and pharmacy. She serves on the board of directors of the American Herbalists Guild and the United Plant Savers.

9.30 a.m.-10.00 a.m.

Crohn's disease: reducing morbidity and increasing quality of life, a focus on

Curcuma Ionga

Jane Daley (Melbourne Victoria)

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a prevalent and debilitating disorder. It is estimated that 30,000 Australians suffer from Crohn's disease with diagnosis often occurring between the ages of 15 and 30 years. Symptoms may include pain, diarrhoea, rectal bleeding, fatigue, weight loss, constipation, fever, perianal fissures and loss of appetite. Failure to thrive is common in children with IBD. Many people living with IBD seek advice from complementary medicine (CM) practitioners. Figures from Canada, Switzerland, Germany and France show that CM use is high within this patient group. Complementary medicine can significantly increase quality of life for people living with this disorder. This talk will review the literature on evidence based CM treatments for Crohn's disease with a particular focus on Curcuma longa.


Jane is a practicing western medical herbalist with a keen interest in gastrointestinal conditions such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel syndrome. Since graduating from Nature Care college and subsequently Charles Sturt University, she has completed a post graduate programme at the Graduate School of Integrated Medicine (Swinburne University) and is currently completing her masters degree at Southern Cross University. Jane is a senior lecturer in herbal medicine at the Southern School of Natural Therapies and is currently serving as a director for the National Herbalists Association of Australia. Jane practices from Salus Complementary Medicine in Melbourne and has been a contributing writer for various texts including 'Herbs and Natural Supplements, an evidenced based guide' by Lesley Braun and Marc Cohen.

10.00 a.m.-10.30 a.m.

Factors influencing memory and age-related brain function in peri-menopausal women


Sandra Villella (Melbourne Victoria)

Many women are concerned by the decline in their memory that coincides with the peri-menopause and complain of symptoms of fogginess, poor memory recall, forgetfulness and fear that they are developing dementia or Alzheimer's disease. The factors that may affect a woman's memory will be explored. This will include the evidence examining dietary factors and their effect on memory, dementia and Alzheimer's; herbal medicine; hormones, both endogenous and hormonal therapy; lifestyle factors including activities shown to improve memory; and the effect of a woman's everyday life on her memory. The lifestyle advice promoted by Alzheimer's Australia 'mind your mind' will also be discussed.

Sandra Villella is a naturopath, herbalist and acupuncturist who has been practising for 14 years at Melbourne Holistic Health Group. Sandra also works with the Jean Hailes Foundation for Women's Health, a leading organization in the area of women's health particularly for women at midlife. She is involved in developing and presenting education programs for community groups and health professionals, on complementary therapies for perimenopausal women throughout Australia.

10.30 a.m.-11.00 a.m.

Morning tea

11.00 a.m.-11.45 a.m.

Gut bugs and chronic illness

Isla Burgess (Gisborne, New Zealand)


The role of intestinal flora in chronic health conditions such as asthma, eczema, cystitis, cystic fibrosis, depression and compromised immune function will be covered. An evaluation of probiotics, types of prebiotics, recent research, case studies as well as the role of phytochemicals will be discussed. An on the spot research project will be carried out.

Isla Burgess, MNZAMH MNHAA, is a plant lover, experienced clinical herbalist and teacher. She has been involved in the education of Medical Herbalists in New Zealand since 1990 and has presented papers at conferences and seminars nationally and internationally. Isla is currently Director of the International College of Herbal Medicine offering a three year Diploma in Clinical Herbal Medicine and a two year Post Graduate course in Herbal Medicine. Both these can be studied online with an international group of herbalists as mentors. She also offers three week five in apprenticeships in Herbal Medicine in Gisborne each year. Isla has a Herbal Medicine practice in Gisborne and is the author of Weeds heal.

11.45 a.m.-12.15 p.m.

Trends in clinical practice

Ruth Trickey (Melbourne Victoria)


At the time of printing Ruth is "in Central America until further notice". She will, I'm sure, return!

Ruth Trickey is a herbalist and natural therapist who works at Melbourne Holistic Health Group. She specialises in the treatment of gynaecological disorders and is undertaking research into the herbal treatment of premature ovarian failure. Ruth is a popular lecturer on these topics both in Australia and overseas, and is the author of Women, Hormones and the Menstrual Cycle as well as a number of self help books on women's health.

12.15 a.m.-12.45 p.m.

Complementary medicine in hospitals: don't ask, don't tell, don't know

Lesley Braun (Melbourne Victoria)

Between 2004 and 2006 a series of surveys was conducted in Victorian hospitals to investigate whether surgical patients use herbal and nutritional medicines prior to surgery, who they turn to for information and whether they tell hospital staff about use. Additionally patients were asked whether they want hospitals to provide access to complementary therapies in the future. The study further explored the attitudes, perceptions, training, usage and knowledge of hospital doctors and pharmacists towards complementary medicines and therapies.


By comparing the results an interesting picture emerges which may predict the future. This lecture discusses some of the key findings from the study.

Lesley Braun has trained and worked as both a pharmacist and a naturopath and recently completed a PhD at RMIT. She is currently a Research Fellow within the Department of Surgery, Monash University (Alfred Hospital) and lecturer within the Faculty of Medicine, Monash University and Department of Complementary Medicine, RMIT.

Lesley previously lectured at ACNM Melbourne. Her first book Herbs and Natural Supplements--an evidence based guide was co-authored with Prof Marc Cohen and was short listed for the Award for Excellence by the Australian Publishing Association. Lesley has contributed to a further three books, writes the botanical medicine series in the Journal of Complementary Medicine and has a regular column in the Australian Journal of Pharmacy. She is an advisory board member of the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association, on the editorial board of JCM and been advisor to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Victorian Therapeutic Advisory Group.

12.45 p.m.-1.45 p.m.


1.45 a.m.-2.15 p.m.

Essential oils in the treatment of infectious illness

Ron Guba (Sydney NSW)


In the realm of phytomedicine, essential oils are the most directly potent antibiotic agents available. This practice of 'Aromatic Medicine' is most well known in France, where numerous physicians, pharmacists and naturopaths utilise essential oils in the holistic treatment of many common acute and chronic infectious conditions. In contrast to conventional antibiotics, essential oils respect and support the overall 'terrain' of the body, do not upset the balance of normal gut flora, provide immune enhancement and do not create resistance in infectious micro-organisms.

In this presentation we will discuss specific aromatic compounds and related essential oils with demonstrated anti-infectious properties; an overview of application methods and dosage recommendations; and relevant case histories of successful treatment programs for a variety of acute and chronic infections.

Ron has specialised in the area of Aromatic Medicine (or the therapeutic uses of essential oils in the context of herbal medicine) since the early 1980s. Emigrating to Australia in 1986, Ron studied and worked with the renowned French Aromatherapy physician, Dr. Daniel Penoel, who lived in Australia until 1988. Completing his diploma in Phyto-aromatherapie in 1988 in France, Ron began Essential Therapeutics, a company devoted to providing therapeutic-grade essential oils to health practitioners and the Centre for Aromatic Medicine, to provide training in the practice of aromatic medicine.

Ron was a founding member and past chairman of the International Federation of Aromatherapists (Australia) and a founding member and present chairman of the Australian Aromatic Medicine Association. Ron continues to research and lecture extensively on aromatic medicine topics throughout Australia and overseas.

2.15 p.m.-2.45 p.m. Concurrent session

Psoriasis: a herbalist's approach

Dr Megan Mathews (Sydney NSW)


Current medical opinion holds that psoriasis is a genetically based condition where the immune system (activated by unknown agents) attacks our skin and joint linings. Consequently the aim of many standard medical treatments is to suppress the immune system (coal tar, steroids, cyclosporine, methotrexate, UV-B). While these reduce lesions they do not address the causes or triggers and can have serious side effects.

Not everyone with the relevant genes develops psoriasis and not everyone with psoriasis has these genes. Psoriasis may be made triggered or made worse by eight common factors regardless of gene expression or family history. Stress and lifestyle that allows a person to become run down or develop gut dysfunction can also trigger psoriasis.

This talk outlines the eight factors, other than a genetic predisposition, that can disrupt the immune system and cause or trigger psoriasis. These are all areas where the herbalist can make a significant contribution.

Megan Mathews is a general practitioner, medical herbalist, nutritionist and kinesiologist with a background in osteopathy and acupuncture. She runs a busy practice in Wentworth Falls and works one day a week in the city. Megan specialises in chronic illness. These varied modalities give her holistic tools for her clinical practice. She has just finished a book on skin with Sydney naturopath Alison Cassar. This will be published next year through ABC books.

2.15 p.m.-2.45 p.m. Concurrent session

Forgotten treasures: the rediscovery of some "lost" western materia medica


Dawn Whitten and Jason Hawrelak (Mt. Nelson, Tasmania)

Herbal medicine practice is prone to fashions and fads. As new exotic herbs become incorporated into Western herbal materia medica others appear to be left by the wayside. A likely consequence is that we will lose our understanding of how to use herbs that were once part of our tradition.

Jason and Dawn will talk about the uses of some herbs that were once included in our materia medica that don't appear to be commonly part of current Australian herbal prescribing, including oregano, black pepper, rose, asafoetida and nutmeg.

Jason Hawrelak PhD, BNat (Hons) and Dawn Whitten BNat (Hons) are currently part of a collective running Goulds Naturopathica--a 126-year old natural medicine dispensary and clinic in Hobart, Tasmania. This venture is all about maintaining our connection with our roots: growing premium quality herbs, manufacturing our medicines and exploring and experimenting with materia medica.

2.45 p.m.-3.15 p.m. Concurrent session

Topical applications: traditional style mixes with tinctures and oils for a variety of conditions

Linda Bates (Sydney NSW)

Linda has been practising for 22 years and manufactures most of her dispensary from fresh organic plants. Treating through the skin with these blends has proved an effective way to assist repair of some severe acute and chronic problems.

This talk is about recipes and successful results.

2.45 p.m.-3.15 p.m. Concurrent session

Substantiation of would healing properties of traditional medicines:

experiments with hop bush Dodonaea viscosa

Andrew Pengelly (Wyong NSW)


While agents that can speed up the healing of wounds are essential ingredients of traditional medicine, they also have obvious benefits in non traditional settings. Various studies have been devised to assess the influence of purported wound healing agents via their effects on fibroblasts and protection of tissues from free radical destruction.

A review of in vitro wound healing assays of traditional herbs will be presented, along with results associated with Australian hop bush.

Andrew Pengelly FNHAA is a full time lecturer at the University of Newcastle, where he is completing a PhD project into the phytochemistry and therapeutic activity of a native herb Dodonaea viscosa.

3.15 p.m.-3.30 p.m.

Afternoon tea

3.30 p.m.-4.30 p.m.

Sunday Forum

A great opportunity to take part in lively discussions with all the international and Australian speakers.

4.30 p.m.-5.00 p.m.

Closing ceremony
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