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14 April 2009

In this issue of the ACNEM e-News:

ACNEM training coming to Adelaide in May

We are delighted to be holding our first training event in Adelaide in many years and with your support, expect to visit Adelaide regularly in the future. Registrations to date suggest that there is strong demand in Adelaide for ACNEM training.

The Sebel Playford on North Terrace is a particularly attractive venue, in keeping with our preference for natural light and fresh air in the lecture rooms.

We have extended the 90-day early bird discount to 19 April to give you a chance to book at the best possible price.

After that date, we will still offer the 30-day early bird discount right up to the course.

Sebel Playford Hotel

Primary Course in NEM (4 days, 7-10 May) more info
Metabolic Syndrome (2 days, 7-8 May) more info
Andropause & Menopause (2 days, 9-10 May) more info

We'd love to see you there, but if you can't make it yourself, please pass on this information to your colleages in Adelaide.

Register online now
Download a paper registration form

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New ACNEM Promotional Postcard

ACNEM has a new promotional postcard which you may have seen recently in the Journal of Complementary Medicine. Please help us spread the word about ACNEM training and membership by sending the PDF version of the postcard to your colleagues by email, or by distributing the postcards for us. Let us know if you can help by email to

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Free lecture for health professionals with Dr Michael Fenech
To follow the excellent lecture given by Assoc Prof Ray Kearney on the Health Impacts of Fossil Fuels in November, we are pleased to announce that we are hosting another free lecture specifically for healthcare professionals at the Adelaide course.

Our guest speaker will be Michael Fenech, Ph.D, Principal Research Scientist Nutritional Genomics, DNA Damage Diagnostics and Prevention, CSIRO. Read more about Michael and his work here.

Dr Michael Fenech

Please RSVP to (03) 9597 0363
or email

Download a copy of the flyer for the lecture here.

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Calling all health professionals on climate change
There is a push to get members of the medical academic community to advocate a way forward on climate change. This initiative is supported by Dr Fiona Godlee, Editor of BMJ, and Dr Richard Horton, Editor of The Lancet. Please consider signing up. Read more or click here to sign the pledge.

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New training programs in Chelation Therapy and Injectable Nutrients
We are pleased to announce two new training programs in Sydney in July. Numbers are strictly limited due to the size of the venue, so please register early to secure your place and also to take advantage of the early bird pricing.

July 17-19 Sydney (Bondi Junction)
Injectable Nutrients (1 day, 17 July)
Chelation Therapy with optional certification (2 days, 18-19 July)

Register online now
Download a paper registration form

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Medical practice in Canberra for sale
Dr Turtle wishes to announce the availability for sale of THE OASIS MEDICAL CENTRE in Manuka ACT.

The practice is extremely busy and is the premier complementary medical practice in Canberra and surrounding regions for over 15 years. Situated in ideal surroundings with leafy courtyard premises in the central Manuka part of Canberra, the practice offers unparalleled opportunities to build on a very large patient base, a well established referral base, ongoing medical and allied practitioner staff, a thriving dispensary and annual turnover of over $1,000,000.

With an excellent education system, premier national institutions, a beautiful natural environment, close proximity to the idyllic south coast and NSW ski fields and stress free driving and parking, Canberra is an ideal city for family living.

Please contact Dr Jonathan Turtle for further information on 0418 467 103 or email to

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Practice opportunity available in Sydney
A unique opportunity exists for a doctor to join a thriving practice in Sydney. The Vita Centre in Edgecliff, directed by Paul Ameisen, has an opening for a doctor with an interest in nutritional medicine. Experience in this area of medicine would help, but is not essential, as training is available at the centre.

Paul Ameisen has over 20 years of experience in the application of IV vitamin C and other injectable therapies in preventive and curative medicine. He also has more than 15 years of experience in the application of chelation therapy. He has been a lecturer in both these areas. Paul Ameisen is offering to support and mentor a suitable practitioner in the running of the Vita Centre. More here

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Reciprocal membership discount with AIMA
We are pleased to announce that ACNEM members who are also AIMA members will receive a 10% discount on their membership renewal from both organisations. This is in recognition of some existing cross-membership and a sign of the collaboration between the two organisations. Many thanks to our friends at AIMA for making this possible.

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More research from the National Prescribing Service

The NPS has just released a review of complementary medicine resources for practitioners to complement the two previously released reports on CMs for Consumers and Health Professionals:

Review of Complementary Medicines Information Resources Summary Report

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In the News - focus on BPA
by Shirley Schurmann

Bisphenol A Exposure Increases Disease Risk
Using data representative of the adult US population, higher urinary concentrations of Bisphenol A (BPA) were found to be associated with an increased prevalence of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and liver enzyme abnormalities.

Bisphenol A is one of the worlds highest production volume chemicals with more than 2 million metric tons produced world wide in 2003 and annual increase in demand of 6-10% annually. BPA is used extensively in epoxy resins, lining food and beverage containers and as a monomer in polycarbonate plastics in many consumer products.

Widespread and continuous exposure to BPA primarily through food but also through drinking water, dental sealants, dermal exposure, and inhalation of household dusts is evident from the detectable levels of BPA in more than 90% of the US population.

Ref: Lang IA et al. Association of urinary bisphenol A concentration with medical disorders and laboratory abnormalities in adults. JAMA. 2008 Sep17; 300(11);1303-10

Ban on Baby Bottles
Six baby bottle manufacturers have agreed to stop using the controversial chemical Bisphenol A in their products in what has been described as a major public health victory. Avent, Disney, First Years, Gerber, Dr Brown, Playtex and Evenflo have all agreed to the BPA ban in the US.

Food Standards Australia & New Zealand has been monitoring the concerns on issues relating to the migration of chemicals from packaging and into food. FSANZ has assessed the risk to infants from exposure to BPA and concluded that the levels of exposure are low and do not pose a significant health threat.

Products containing BPA have not been banned in Australia, however some manufactures have introduced BPA free baby bottles in response to public concern.

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ACNEM 2009 Training Calendar

Register now for any of these 2009 courses to obtain special early bird pricing. If you're not sure which location/event you would like to attend, you can change your selection until a week prior to the course without charge.


May 7-10 Adelaide (Sebel Playford Hotel)
(register by 19 April for the best early bird price)
Primary Course in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (4 days)
Metabolic Syndrome (2 days, 7-8 May)
Andropause & Menopause (2 days, 9-10 May)

July 17-19 Sydney (Bondi Junction)
(register by 17 May for the best early bird price)
Injectable Nutrients (1 day, 17 July)
Chelation Therapy with optional certification (2 days, 18-19 July)

September 17-20 Brisbane (City)
(register by 17 June for the best early bird price)
Primary Course in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (4 days)
Thyroid & Adrenal (2 days, 17-18 September)
Pain Management & Musculoskeletal (2 days, 19-20 September)

November 19-22 Auckland (City)
(register by 19 August for the best early bird price)
Primary Course in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (4 days)
Metabolic Syndrome (2 days, 19-20 November)
Andropause & Menopause (2 days, 21-22 November)

ACNEM is a fully accredited RACGP QA&CPD training provider for the 2008-2010 Triennium, with 40 Category 1 points allocated to each training program. ACRRM points are also applicable.

Register online now
Download a paper registration form

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AIMA Holistic Health Conference - coming to Melbourne in 2009

For your diary. The 15th International Holistic Health Conference will be held 9-11 October 2009 at the Novotel St Kilda, Melbourne. Confirmed Keynote speakers include Dr Elizabeth Brophy, Prof Kerryn Phelps, Prof Marc Cohen, Prof Richard Silberstein, Prof Luis Vitetta, Dr Ian Gawler, Dr Gary Deed, Dr Craig Hassed and many more invited keynote and workshop presenters. More...

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MINDD International Forum on Children 2009
15-18 May, Sydney

The objective of the third MINDD Forum is to continue to train practitioners in the most current science-based treatments and educate families on the importance of Biomedical and Integrative intervention for ADHD, allergies, autism, asthma, infections, digestive issues, mood and learning disorders and all related neurobiological illness in children. 

World-class speakers will cover biomedicine, allied therapies and neurodevelopment with the ultimate goal of helping as many Australian children as possible receive effective integrative treatment so they have the chance to reach their full potential both mentally and physically. 

Keynote speakers include Doreen Granpeesheh on Integrating ABA with biomedicine, Julie Matthews on diet and nutrition in ASD, Dr. Elizabeth Mumper (Medical Director of Defeat Autism Now!) on the Metabolic and Immune Systems, Dr. Bryan Jepson (author of Changing Course of Autism) on the Digestive & Neurological systems. Other speakers include Dr. Mark Donohoe on environmental toxins, Henry Osiecki, Matthew Bourke, Peter Dingle, Karen Wheelwright, Maria Hunt and Michael Sichel.

Please help spread the word to practitioners, teachers, families and anyone in a position to benefit or to help bring effective integrative healthcare to ALL Australian children. More...

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Thank you to our Sponsors
ACNEM relies on the support of exhibitors at our training events, without whom we would not be able to provide competively-priced training programs. We also value their commitment to research and development in Nutritional and Environmental medicine.

ecial thanks go to the following organisations for their ongoing support in the form of annual sustaining sponsorship of ACNEM:

ACNEM has a policy of non-endorsement of third party companies and a single level of sponsorship for supporting organisations. Our guidelines for exhibitors and sponsors incorporate the RACGP sponsorship guidelines, with clear separation of educational and promotional content. Our sustaining sponsors are organisations who have made an annual commitment to support ACNEM's work in promoting nutritional and environmental medicine and we thank them for their generous contribution.

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