Practitioner Theatre

The dedicated practitioner program offers more than 10 hours of education, research and insights so practitioners can update their skills and knowledge. Learn about cutting edge research into new ingredients; and clinical protocols for preconception nutrition, allergies and immune disorders, Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth and much more. Attendees will also be able to gain ANTA-approved CPE points for attending these sessions.

Sunday 29 April 2018

Maternal nutrition has a profound effect on the development of the oocyte, early embryo and foetus. Join leading women’s health naturopath Amanda Haberecht as she takes a deep dive into emerging nutritional research and its impact on hormonal health, hormone receptivity and preconception. Amanda specialises in reproductive health, infertility, miscarriage prevention, recurrent miscarriage and preconception care.

This talk will discuss:

• Nutritional imbalances and their impact on both male and female reproductive health
• Key nutrients for healthy hormone production, early embryo development, implantation, endometrial receptivity and miscarriage risk
• Antioxidants and mitochondrial nutrients necessary for oocyte, sperm, placental development and early embryonic health
• Hormonal detoxification strategies (how do we investigate and manage oestrogen excess, hormonal metabolism via the gut, and reducing exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals)
• Case studies with nutritional protocols will be presented to provide comprehensive nutritional strategies when treating more complex patients


This talk will outline the use of herbal medicines in the management of all types of fungal infections.

The structure, biology, and nature of fungal pathogens will be discussed, along with their effect on the immune system. This talk will also detail treatment aims, the classes of herbal medicines that are most indicated, the key herbal medicines to use and their mechanisms of action. Practical formulation guidelines will be provided, enabling practitioners to confidently and efficaciously treat fungal pathogens and their associated conditions.


SIBO, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, is where an individual experiences an excess of bacteria in the small intestine. Stress, medications, diet and our face-paced lifestyle all play a role in the development of SIBO and for individuals affected, the implications of SIBO often go far beyond digestive discomfort.

In this clinically-based presentation, you will learn:
• How to identify the risk factors and understand the pathophysiology of SIBO
• An understanding of the clinical picture of SIBO, how to identify a ‘SIBO patient’ and when to test
• An understanding of the implications SIBO has on the individual’s health and wellbeing beyond digestion Naturopathic and nutritional management of SIBO Post treatment of SIBO – where to next?


Depression and comorbid mental health disorders have been shown to increase the level of physical and mental impairment with subsequent advancements in metabolic dysfunction. Depression is expected to be the second major cause of disability adjusted life years, following ischaemic heart disease by 2020 (World Health Organization).

Early recognition and treatment of mental health disorders is important to prevent development of stress, anxiety or depression and complex mental health conditions.
The specific understanding neurotransmission pathways, pyrroles, methylation and nutrient imbalances in the context of neurotransmitter influences and its correlations with diet, hormones, stress, sex drive, weight gain and adrenal fatigue provide a novel and effective approach to combatting the stress and anxiety underpinning depression.

The presentation will provide an overview of the latest prospects of assessments, the relationship of diet, nutraceuticals and genetics in mental health.

You’ll learn:

• Parameters of testing in mental health, what to test, how to interpret results and how to treat the patient
• Understand inter-relationship of neuro-transmitters and neuro-modulators with the various testing options of pyrroles, histamine, nutrient imbalances, methylation and genetics
• Correlation and perceived benefits of specific nutrients, dietary modification, antioxidant, amino acid in depression, stress, and anxiety.
• Natural evidence based treatment approaches


Vitamin E includes the tocopherols and tocotrienols from edible plant products such as palm oil, rice bran and wheat germ. These phytonutrients have potential cardiovascular and metabolic health-promoting properties. Most research has been on the readily available alpha-tocopherol, as this was considered the only derivative to have biological activity. However, recent research shows that the tocotrienols have unique anti-inflammatory and anti-angiogenic properties not shared by the tocopherols.

The tocotrienols, especially the γ- and δ-isomers, have positive and unique benefits in supporting healthy functioning of the:
• brain to reduce stroke-induced injuries and attenuation of white matter lesions (an independent risk factor for stroke),
• heart to reduce cholesterol concentrations, support arterial compliance, attenuate oxidative stress and improve endothelium-dependent vascular relaxation,
• liver to attenuate fatty liver, and
• skin and hair growth as a potent antioxidant, with preferential accumulation in the strata corneum as the skin’s first line of defence.

This presentation will provide an overview of research evidence of the unique health benefits of tocotrienols, also to our recent research publication in a rat model of diet-induced metabolic syndrome showing that oral administration of the γ- and δ-tocotrienols are much more effective than α-tocotrienol and α-tocopherol to reverse obesity-related metabolic changes to abdominal fat pads, systolic blood pressure, heart and liver structure and function, and inflammatory biomarkers. The most important mechanism of action is the reduction of inflammation in organs throughout the body.


Adrenal, thyroid and Hormone and their vasomotor symptoms are expected to be the most prevalent disease over the forecast period owing to increasing number of men and women approaching the meno- and andropausal age.

Chronic stress and adrenal exhaustion are some of the most common presentations in clinical practice today. Fatigue, insomnia, weakness with associated hormone imbalance, moodiness, weight gain, immune dysfunction, bone loss and low libido are all linked to a compromised endocrine function.

The adrenal gland is the home of the fight or flight stress response and works in synergy with the thyroid hormones for energy and weight regulation. The relationship between endocrine hormones can disrupt the effective communication and collaborative hormonal functions of the adrenal, thyroid, and reproductive glands and exacerbate imbalances in the neurotransmitter systems and the valuable microbiome.

In this presentation, you’ll learn
• How does the adrenal hormones impact on hormones and thyroid
• Explore the multidirectional influences of sex and thyroid hormones on the physiology
• Optimal assessment options and which test is best
• How to interpret results and correlate to physiological symptoms
• Comprehensive natural treatment options within a clinical context


Monday 30 April 2018

Patricia is an acupuncturist with over 15 years’ experience, is one of Australia's best known health experts, and founder of newLife centre for Women and acuIVF™.

In this talk, she’ll focus on the use of complementary and alternative therapies in IVF, including:
• Holistic therapies approach to fertility
• How can acupuncture treatments help improve fertility and increase the chances of having a baby?
• What’s the evidence?
• Pre-natal supplements
• Specific fertility boosting supplements


With soaring rates of obesity and diabetes, it is clear our modern Western diet has failed, yet popular health and fitness alternatives such as the high protein/low carb and 'Paleo' style diets may also be contributing to acid-alkaline imbalance, with far reaching health implications.

New research is emerging on the role of acid-alkaline dysregulation in the body as a driver of pain and inflammation, often leaving us in a conundrum about what diet is best. In this highly topical and interesting session we will look at the evidence on high protein/low carb diets in the context of our true 'paleo' ancestors and provide helpful strategies to assist in reducing pain and inflammation through pH regulation and mineral therapy.


Seaweed is a $6B global crop; it’s highly sustainable under the right production technology and nutritionally potent. Added to our mainstream food chain, seaweed could contribute significantly to reducing chronic diseases related to western malnutrition; that is, empty calories and limited-function foods. Although the perception of seaweed in food is positive and practiced by many now in Asian cuisine, it is still regarded as a novelty by westerners.

Dr Pia Windberg will present the case for seaweed in contributing to our basic food intake in the west… for everyone… every day. There are critical health challenges that can be addressed with the simple addition of seaweed, including the well documented delivery of trace elements, but also less well known benefits to the gut microbiome and substantial consequences for population health. The outcomes from recent clinical trials will be presented, as well as the scale and breadth of implications for western health.


Quality of life with an active-adult population demands joint comfort, flexibility and motion. However, current treatment options for joint discomfort are limited, not designed for long-term use, are fraught with side effects, and do not help restore healthy joints. Eric Anderson, Senior Vice President of NattoPharma will present the findings of the latest human double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, conducted in the development of TamaFlex, on the combination of two novel plant extracts to reduce both chronic and acute inflammation.  

This new formulation:
• Developed to target the mediation of the COX-2 enzyme, the target of most NSAIDS, which provide fast relief, but wear of equally quickly
• Also targets the the newly recognized 5-LOX enzyme for systemic support.  5-LOX inhibitors have slower onset, but sustain relief over time, reducing break-through discomfort
• Finally, connective tissue is provided protection and initial data suggest unique benefits for cartilage health


Chronic Allergies: As the incidence of allergy and related conditions continues to steadily rise, it would seem that the underlying issues are common with many other chronic health issues. Environmental toxins, inadequate diet and drug use compounded by stress are having a deleterious effect on our immune system.

As natural medicine practitioners, we are at the forefront of being able to assist patients suffering from allergies to improve their health outcomes and quality of life. This webinar will focus on the practical clinical application of the latest research and naturopathic philosophies to address chronic allergies.

Key learning outcomes:
¥ Why are allergies becoming more prevalent?
¥ The surprisingly broad clinical presentations associated with histamine
¥ Low histamine diets: reality vs myth
¥ A scientific understanding of the relevance and application of naturopathic principles as a long-term treatment strategy


Calcium is important for strong, healthy bones and teeth and vitamin K2 has been found to be a key nutrient in the process of directing and depositing calcium into healthy skeletal structure.  But what happens if you don’t have enough vitamin K2 to ensure the calcium you’re getting in your diet is making it to your bones?

New research, conducted in the development of MenaQ7® Vitamin K2, suggests vitamin K2 deficiency poses as high as a risk for cardiovascular disease as tobacco use. This is because an absence of vitamin K2 can result in calcium build up in the arteries, which may increase cardiovascular risk. A recent ground-breaking study found vitamin K2 protects against arterial calcification and even improves arterial flexibility by helping the body properly utilize calcium. Unfortunately, vitamin K2 deficiency has been shown to be widespread, even for those who consume healthy diets, and may lead to sub-optimal bone and heart health.

Join Craig Fallshaw, CEO, Complementary Medicines Group, as he explains the vital function of vitamin K2 supported by a substantial body of clinical evidence, and provide insights on how to ensure calcium is being properly used by the body to build strong bones, while simultaneously protecting cardiovascular health.


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