Brighthope Family Scholarship

 

The Brighthope Family Scholarship for emerging and potential innovation leaders in NEM was established in 2021 to promote the use of NEM in conjunction with conventional medicine, to educate medical practitioners and the general public, and to honour the work legacy of
Professor Ian Brighthope.

The inaugural round for this Scholarship saw three lucky recipients – two awarded the full scholarship (which funds an individual to complete their ACNEM Fellowship) and a runner up scholarship of $2,000 to put towards any of ACNEM’s educational offerings.

Meet our inaugural winners below:

 

Dr Tamara Nation

“2021 has been a challenging year with many changes in societal standards, medicine and everyday life that I would never have envisaged occurring. I have greatly been touched by the strength and resilience of the integrative medical patients I serve in my practice at the National Institute of Integrative Medicine and I wonder whether if I had not been wearing a mask they would have seen my expressions of admiration and empathy, joy and sometimes sadness. Over this time I have recently been appointed as Australian Medical Cannabis Association clinical board director, I continue to be a part of the clinical advisory committee for the Society of Cannabis Clinicians Australian Chapter. I am actively involved in the RACGP Integrative Medicine Specific interest group literature review working group and post fellowship recognition working group. As I have a passion for education I continue teaching GP registrars the RACGP curriculum as well as fellows of various medical specialities the guidelines provided by the Medical Board of Australia. Although 2021 has been a challenge, I am looking forward to 2022 and making a meaningful contribution to Integrative Medicine.

“My aim over the next few weeks is to complete the second case study required for submission and I have registered for the ACNEM mentorship program 2022 which sounds amazing. I am looking forward to participating and attending ACNEM modules 2022 and the Brighthope scholarship funding will make attendance more affordable.”

 

Dr Susan Oldfield

“I have completed two parts of my fellowship and how enlightening my education has been! I am so grateful to Ian Brighthope and ACNEM for awarding me the scholarship towards the fellowship. I have so far completed the Foundations of NEM and Gastrointestinal Health courses.

“These are both fantastic courses, very relevant to clinical work and has given more lots of great resources to use.

“The courses are some of the best I have taken in this field. The lecturers are so knowledgeable and give so much useful information, that can be taken straight back to clinical work.

“So now on to the next course and trying to make some time in the ever-changing COVID world. Hopefully, we will be able to have a face-to-face ACNEM course soon, it’s always so much better to BE with people!”

 

Dr Michelle Musca

“To unexpectedly discover that I had been chosen as runner up for the Brighthope Family Scholarship has filled me with such excitement and a renewed sense of drive and I can’t thank you enough.”

“Preventative health and nutrition have been a part of my inner psyche for as long as I can remember. Whilst training as a GP registrar in Tasmania, I ran a number of community workshops on plant-based eating and reversing chronic disease using a lifestyle approach. However, being busy completing my RACGP fellowship, giving birth to three babies and then moving from Tasmania to Western Australia, it has only been this year that I have been in a position to finally sink my teeth into some formal Integrative Medicine training with ACNEM.”

“My dream is to specialise as an Integrative GP with expertise in managing children through nutrition and lifestyle measures. Today’s children are our future, and with what seems like an increasing tsunami of mental health and behavioural concerns, it is pertinent that we find a way to help them overcome their challenges and develop into healthy and productive adults. The future of medicine relies upon us working collaboratively, using a multidisciplinary team approach that doesn’t simply treat the symptoms, but searches for their underlying cause.”

 

Fellowship is the highest level of education recognising extensive training, knowledge and skill in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. Learn more about the benefits of Fellowship in NEM.