In the NEM Practitioner Series Dr Shami, Integrative GP and ACNEM Vice President, speaks with medical and health specialists who are practicing nutritional and environmental medicine (NEM), to get their personal insights and learn how their approach is transforming lives.
In this 17-minute interview Dr Shami has a great discussion with Integrative GP and Medical Writer A/Professor Vicki Kotsirilos AM. They touch on:
- How did A/Prof Kotsirilos begin her journey into nutritional medicine?
- Whatever condition a patient presents with, how nutrition can help
- What sort of diet and lifestyle measures does A/Prof Kotsirilos recommend for someone with Hypertension?
- As a clinician what is your experience practicing holistically?
- How diet can be used to treat headaches and migraines
- The importance of individualising diets for different conditions
- Do you practice what you preach and how do you stay motivated?
- The Greek Paradox study, showing longevity in the Melbourne Greek community despite cardiovascular risk factors
- The importance of getting natural light every day for the circadian rhythm
A/Professor Vicki Kotsirilos AM,MBBS, FACNEM, FASLM, Awarded Honorary Fellowship of the RACGP
Integrative GP and Medical Writer
Associate Professor (Dr) Vicki Kotsirilos AM is a respected holistic general practitioner with over 36 years of clinical experience who emphasises the importance of lifestyle and preventative medicine with her patients. She works at Dunstan Dental & Medical with a great team of dentists and GPs with an interest in integrative medicine. Prof Kotsirilos has a wide range of interests and keeps up to date with the research in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Lifestyle, Prevention, Air Pollution and Medicinal Cannabis. Prof Kotsirilos was Australia’s first Authorised GP prescriber in May 2018, and now serves on the Federal Government, Australian Advisory Council on the Medicinal Use of Cannabis. Vicki is grateful and honored to have received the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) Award in 2014 in “recognition of outstanding service in the field of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine”.
Prof Kotsirilos plays an active role within the RACGP who she highly values and respects. She was a Board member of the National Faculty of Specific Interests of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and founding former Chair of the Integrative Medicine working group from 2009 till 2016. She was also the Founder and Founding former President of the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association from 1991 till 1998 and continued to play an active role on the Board from 1991 till 2012. Due to her extensive voluntary work Prof Kotsirilos is privileged to have received a number of awards such as Member (AM) in the General Division of THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA for ‘significant service to integrative medicine, to health practitioner standards and regulations, to medical education, and to the environment’, and an Australia Day Environment Award, by Bayside City Council.
Prof Kotsirilos is a medical writer and has published well over 100 articles in a wide range of medical magazines and journals such as the Insight, Medical Journal of Australia, and for the public. She was a regular writer for AUS DOC and Medical Observer from 1996, later publishing a regular monthly column on Integrative Perspectives from up till 2019 that was widely circulated to over 30,000 Australian doctors. Prof Kotsirilos is widely quoted in the media such as radio and television on issues related to general health care matters, Nutrition, the Environment and Medicinal Cannabis. Prof Kotsirilos lectures regularly to doctors and has spoken at numerous medical and public conferences.
Prof Kotsirilos holds an adjunct associate professorial position with NICM, Western Sydney University, and formerly with La Trobe University’s, Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, Faculty of Health Sciences and as an Adjunct senior lecturer and Adjunct Associate Professor with Monash University, Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine. She has served on many state and federal government committees, such as the Therapeutic Goods Administration, Complementary Medicine Evaluation Committee (8 years) and as the GP member on the Adverse Drug Reactions Advisory Committee (5 years). A/Prof Kotsirilos is proud to continue to work for regulatory federal government bodies.