ACNEM Board, Annual Report and Strategic Plan

The Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) is a non-profit medical college established in 1982, offering postgraduate training and education for doctors and other graduate healthcare professionals.

Download the 2016 - 2017 Annual Report

Download the 2017 – 2020 ACNEM Strategic Plan Overview



Dr Christabelle Yeoh 
MB BS, MRCP, MSc (Nut)

Dr Yeoh graduated from medicine at the University of London in 1999 and has obtained her membership with the Royal College of Physicians (UK). She has a Masters degree in Nutrition from King’s College London. After practicing hospital medicine, she worked as a physician in the field of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. She is a member of the American and British Academies of Environmental Medicine where she received her further NEM training. She moved to Australia in 2012 and is now working as a medical practitioner at Invitation to Health, where nutritional medicine is integrated with preventive health care and general practice. She has also been dedicated to developing NEM training for the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine and is on the teaching faculty. She has a strong clinical interest in neurological, gastrointestinal and metabolic health. She is passionate about teaching on the interconnectedness of human metabolism, biology and behaviour. 


Dr Debbie Fewtrell 
Vice President

Dr Debbie Fewtrell has an integrative medical practice in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, specialising in the biomedical treatment of children, mostly with ASD, ADHD, allergic and gut disorders.

She is a long standing ACNEM board member, fellow and lecturer. Debbie has a strong focus to inspire and educate medical professionals in Australasia to use NEM approaches to improve health outcomes. She is involved with the RNZCGP providing nutritional education to groups of GP trainees and is a member of the expert panel which reviews research and updates the NZ ASD Guidelines for Ministries of Health and Education.  


Dr Kamal Karl 

Dr Karl is the director of the Wellness Centre in Napier and Auckland, New Zealand. The Wellness Centre specialises in treating chronic illness with an Integrative and Functional Medical approach. 

Dr Karl is a Fellow and Executive Board member of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine and a Fellow of the Indian Nutritional Medicine Association. He is also a Fellow of the NZ College of General Practitioners. He is also the joint President of the New Zealand Society of Integrative Medicine. He is currently on the International Editorial Panel of the International Journal, “Clinical Interventions in Aging”. In addition he is a Member of the Institute of Functional Medicine and a Member of the International Hormone Society.

Dr Karl has been practising Functional Medicine for the last 20 years and is a regular speaker and educator at international conferences. In 2014 he was awarded the best practising Asian Professional in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.


Dr Nadine Perlen 

Dr Perlen graduated from medicine at Monash University, Melbourne in 1990. She completed her RACGP fellowship in 1994 before moving to Perth in 1995 joining Lockridge Medical Center in outer metropolitan Perth. She has a strong integrative focus and a passion for teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, supervising and mentoring medical students and GP registrars. In 2009 she was awarded the RACGP National GP Supervisor of the Year award. She first trained with ACNEM in 1995 and was surprised by how many pieces of the health puzzle this new training provided. She maintained an interest in integrative medicine however returned to nutritional medicine training in 2012 after her young son suffered a complex and undiagnosed illness. This led to renewed passion for the field of nutritional and environmental medicine that had developed significantly in the interim especially in relation to the impact of gut and the microbiome on all other areas of health. Nadine continues to practice in a busy conventional general practice and now integrates NEM into all of her patient care and teaching. She also travels monthly to a rural town with the Royal Flying Doctor Service for a women's health clinic. She joined the ACNEM Education Committee and board in 2016 and continues to be involved in teaching NEM to medical students, doctors and other health practitioners.


Dr Braham Rabinov 
MBBS, FACNEM, Dip Health Education
Board of Directors

Dr Braham Rabinov has been practising Holistic Medicine for over 30 years, with a particular focus on integrating evidence-based nutrition with standard medical practice, and where possible, addressing their underlying causes. In addition Dr Rabinov has a special interest in educating and empowering patients through individual consultation, regular seminars, and via his websites holistic road map and resources. The approach is designed to be time efficient and of low cost.


Dr Kim Hayes
Board of Directors

Dr Hayes graduated from Monash University, Melbourne in 1990. She has completed the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of GP's, Diploma of the Faculty of Family Planning, London School of O&G and a Diploma of Royal Australian College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr Hayes has worked for 3 years in the UK and has also worked in rural Victoria, Australia, as a family doctor. She has been in Singapore since 1997 working as a GP looking after families from the expatriate community.