Annual Conferences

acnem Annual Conference 2023- Long COVID: Navigating the Complexity

Annual Conferences

acnem Annual Conference 2023- Long COVID: Navigating the Complexity

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Long COVID: Navigating the Complexity

A Clinician’s Roadmap

The acnem 2023 Annual Conference explores the complexity of long COVID, offering clinicians a comprehensive roadmap to simplify diagnosis and develop effective treatment protocols to address this complex condition successfully. This two-day event brings together evidence-based content from international thought leaders on long COVID. It is relevant and an important conference for all modalities in Integrative Medicine.

The educators contributing to this conference are recognised as international experts in their fields, including Professor David Putrino, Dr. Leo Galland, Dr. Elizabeth Steels, Dr. James Read, Hugh Dunstan PhD, Dr. Christabelle Yeoh, Dr. Jason Kaplan, Professor Kerryn Phelps AM, Tracey Spicer AM, Anne Wilson, George Sondergeld & Gerald Quigley.

Our 2023 conference structure features both plenary and case study learning, to ensure deep understanding of the physiological processes of long COVID and practical insight into treatment strategies.


  • Dysautonomia, including POTS and orthostatic intolerance, along with endocrine alterations
  • Metabolic and mitochondrial alterations following infection, affecting energy supply and causing fatigue
  • Inflammation including mast cell activation syndrome, endothelialitis, vasculitis, and heart inflammation, and ways of bringing those inflammatory response under control
  • Persistent COVID-19 infection and associated co-infections — ways to diagnose and manage/treat these (EBV, VZV, CMV, vector-borne zoonoses, bacterial opportunists, etc) effectively
  • Autoimmunity following exposure to spike protein from COVID-19 and from mRNA vaccination.
  • Social justice and vaccine exploration

This event brings together an outstanding group of academics and clinicians, discussing the latest research and therapeutic strategies for managing the complexities of long COVID.

Please see COURSE OUTLINE for more information and topic overview.






Please see COURSE OUTLINE for more information and topic overview.

Featuring 12 local and international experts including:

  • Dr. Mark Donohoe (MC)
  • Prof. David Putrino
  • Dr. Leo Galland
  • Dr. Elizabeth Steels
  • Dr. James Read
  • Dr. Christabelle Yeoh
  • Dr. Jason Kaplan
  • Prof. Kerryn Phelps AM
  • Tracey Spicer AM
  • Anne Wilson
  • George Sondergeld
  • Hugh Dunstan PhD
  • Gerald Quigley


Dr Mark Donohoe


Dr Mark Donohoe, acnem President, graduated from Sydney University in 1980, opening his medical practice on the Central Coast New South Wales in 1983. The patients of his new practice led him into the fields of Environmental Medicine and Nutritional Medicine. He was awarded fellowships from the Australian Society of ...

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Professor David Putrino

PT, PhD 

David is a physical therapist with a PhD in Neuroscience. He is currently the Director of Rehabilitation Innovation for the Mount Sinai Health System, and a Professor of Rehabilitation and Human Performance at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He develops innovative rehabilitation solutions for adults and children ...

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Dr Leo Galland

MD, FACP, FACN, Author 

Leo Galland, MD, is a board-certified internist practicing in New York City and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Nutrition. He has received the Linus Pauling Award (2000) from the Institute of Functional Medicine for creating basic principles of functional medicine. Since the ...

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Dr Elizabeth Steels

PhD, BA(Clin. Biochem.), BA(Nutr. Diet.) 

Dr Elizabeth Steels is a biomedical scientist, biochemist, and nutritionist. Having completed her PhD 30 years ago focussed on cellular oxygenation and regeneration, her interests became firmly fixed on the value of polyphenols in health and disease. Her career has ranged from pharmaceutical to natural medicine manufacturing, product development, formulations, ...

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Dr James Read

MBBS, FRACGP, FACNEM, MPH (Nutrition), Grad Dip Rural GP, JCCA qualified GP anaesthetist 

Executive Director All in Health, Director Pro Patria Centre Dr Read is a holistic GP who practices both integrative holistic medicine in private practice and as a procedural rural GP practicing both anaesthesia and emergency medicine in rural hospitals. He is an internationally renowned medical educator having taught nutritional environmental ...

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Dr Christabelle Yeoh


Join Dr Christabelle Yeoh in clinical discussion on why biohacking is a major health trend globally and taken very seriously by many consumers and patients, particularly those interested in proactive health and chronic disease prevention. Discover why you need to know a lot more about how to practice biohacking in the field of nutritional and preventive medicine.

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Dr Jason Kaplan


Dr Jason Kaplan is a cardiac imaging specialist and preventative cardiologist who studied Medicine at UNSW and graduated with Honours in 1999, completing his Internal Medicine Training at St George and Prince of Wales hospitals and Adult Cardiology training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.  Dr Kaplan has done additional training ...

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Professor Kerryn Phelps AM


Professor Kerryn Phelps AM is well known in Australia as a GP, health and political commentator and social justice activist. Prof Phelps was the founder of Cooper Street Clinic and the multidisciplinary Bourke Street Clinic where she is the lead clinician. She is a conjoint Professor at NICM at University ...

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Tracey Spicer AM

AM, BBus(Comm), GAICD 

Tracey Spicer AM BBus(Comm) GAICD is a multiple Walkley Award winning author, journalist and broadcaster who has anchored national programs for ABC TV and radio, Network Ten and Sky News.   The inaugural national convenor of Women in Media, Tracey is one of the most sought-after on stage and online keynote ...

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Anne Wilson

CEO of Emerge Australia 

Anne Wilson is the Chief Executive Officer of Emerge Australia having commenced in June, 2021.  Anne is an experienced Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director with a diverse track record of restructuring, repositioning and growing organisations to meet stakeholder needs while attracting investment for financial sustainability and growth.   She has ...

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Gerald Quigley

Pharmacist and Herbalist 

Community Pharmacist and Accredited Herbalist Gerald Quigley is a practising community pharmacist and accredited herbalist. Gerald holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy, Diploma of Botanical Medicine and Post Graduate Diploma in Ayurvedic Herbology. He is a Fellow of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS) and a member of the National Herbalists ...

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George Sondergeld

B Pharm, Managing Director 

George graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Pharmacy. He is a co-owner of Your Solution Compounding and the Managing Director of the company’s Melbourne laboratory. His areas of expertise are diverse, covering both general and sterile compounding, with special interests in bio-identical hormone restoration therapy ...

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Hugh Dunstan


Hugh Dunstan has been a university researcher for 40 years and he recently retired in 2020 as a Professor from the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is a highly accomplished research scientist with a vast knowledge of biochemistry, where his research focus was the nature of exercise-induced fatigue and the ...

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