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Cognitive Decline

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Cognitive Decline

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Dementia is not a normal part of ageing.

A 10-25% reduction in risk factors can potentially prevent as many as 1.1 – 3.0 million cases worldwide.4

Cognitive health disorders are increasing at a rapid rate with the number of Australians with dementia predicted to more than double by the year 20581

  • In 2021 it is estimated between 386,200 and 472,000 Australians are living with dementia1
  • 2 in 3 people with dementia are thought to be living in the community1
  • Dementia is the second leading cause of death of Australians2
  • The prevalence of dementia is projected to reach 900,000 by 2050 – three quarters of a million Australians!4

While we cannot change getting older, genetics or family history, scientific research suggests that changing certain health and lifestyle habits reduce or delay risk of developing cognitive health conditions.

Curious as to what’s causing this rapid rise? Want to be a proactive force in changing these shocking statistics?

Join leading NEM experts in this evidence-informed specialty area of cognitive health. This on-demand learning module releasing on 25th August 2022 explores how to adopt a preventive approach to reducing the long-term impact of cognitive disorders.

Get first-hand clinical experience and knowledge on the hidden drivers of dementia including diet, nutrition, immune regulation, neuroinflammation and the human microbiome.3

Become an industry expert on:

  • How to conduct a dementia prevention risk assessment
  • How to interpret pathology testing and other investigations
  • Protocol and prescribing explanations
  • Clinical insights for improved clinical outcomes
Please see COURSE OUTLINE for more information and topic overview.

Also included:

  • Downloadable PDF of presenter’s slides, clinical handouts, and support materials
  • Evidence-based research summary including links to referenced research papers
  • Case study discussion and clinical gems from leading cognitive health experts

Learning outcomes:

  1. Evaluate treatment strategies for early cognitive conditions
  2. Evaluate treatment strategies for complex cognitive conditions
  3. Summarise evidence-based lifestyle interventions that can assist in the management of symptoms associated with cognitive conditions
  4. Design a comprehensive management plan using diet, nutrition, immune regulation, neuroinflammation and the human microbiome

Act now and register today!

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  • Dr Denise Furness
  • Dr Felice Gersh
  • Dr Jason Hawrelak
  • Dr Christabelle Yeoh
  • Professor Alan Hayes
  • Professor Kerry Bone
  • Professor Henry Brodaty
  • Dr Samantha Gardener
  • Professor Sharon Naismith
  • Ashok Gupta
  • Dr Dave Jenkins
  • Dr Jim Parker
  • Professor Hamid Sohrabi
  • Samantha Marks

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Dr Denise Furness

PhD, BSc (Hons), RNutr, Founder and Principal of Your Genes & Nutrition Noosa, Australia 

Dr Denise Furness PhD is a pioneer in the field of nutrigenomics and personalised health with almost 20 years experience in the area. She has published her work in peer reviewed journals and has won numerous awards for her research and conference presentations. In 2012, she founded Your Genes and ...

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Dr Felice Gersh

OB-GYN and Integrative Medicine Clinician 

Join Dr Felish Gersh in discussion on hormone health and the aging brain. Women statistically live longer than men, but they live with far more chronic disease, including more emotional disorders and cognitive decline. After menopause, women experience depression and anxiety at rates 2-4 times higher than men and have close to 3 times more Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. Underlying the declining brain health of women with age is the severe reduction in the circulating levels sex hormones – estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone – that occurs with the passage of years and menopausal related ovarian senescence. Though menopause is inevitable, cognitive, and emotional decline does not have to be a reality for women. Combining evidenced-based lifestyle approaches with physiological hormone therapy allows women the potential to achieve the healthy longevity they desire and deserve. This presentation will review the relationship of hormones to brain health, complemented by practical protocols for immediate implementation, to facilitate the optimisation of cognitive and emotional health for ageing female patients. “Fear of dementia greatly surpasses fear of all other conditions associated with aging” Dr Felice Gersh.

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Dr Jason Hawrelak


Join Dr Hawrelak in discussion on the latest research finding surrounding the microbiome and aging. Discover how to restore microbiome diversity as we age and discuss the changing needs through life progression. If you are wanting to increase your clinical knowledge on pre and probiotics and herbal medicine’s capacity to modify the GIT microbiota, then this presentation is a must.

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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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Professor Alan Hayes

Professor, Physiologist 

Ageing is associated with decreases in skeletal muscle mass and strength, and increased risk of falls and fractures, promoting, and exacerbated by, a decrease in physical inactivity. Low cardiorespiratory fitness is linked to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, with subsequent higher mortality, with many contributors being modifiable risk factors, especially inactivity. Low muscle mass and function is also similarly linked to mortality. As such, maintaining muscular and cardiovascular fitness is one of the keys to healthy aging. This presentation will highlight the importance of skeletal muscle mass in weight management and maintaining activities of daily living, the link to bones and minimising falls and fractures, and will explore ways to maintain fitness, balance and flexibility.

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Professor Kerry Bone

Professor, Author, Director 

Professor Kerry Bone is an industry leader and innovation driver, directing the research and education programs at MediHerb. He is co-author of more than 40 scientific papers on herbal research and currently serves as the only Australian member on the editorial board of Phytomedicine, the top herbal research journal in ...

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Professor Henry Brodaty


Henry Brodaty is a researcher, clinician, policy advisor and strong advocate for people with dementia and their carers.  At UNSW Sydney, he is Scientia Professor of Ageing and Mental Health, and Co-Director of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing. He is a senior psychogeriatrician at Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney ...

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Dr Samantha Gardener


Dr Gardener was awarded a PhD in Neuroscience and Nutrition in 2014 and is a Research Fellow at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. Gardener’s long-term research interests are primarily focused on investigating the effect of diet on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) risk, cognitive decline, and blood and cerebral imaging biomarkers of ...

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Professor Sharon Naismith

Professor, Neuropsychologist 

Professor Sharon Naismith is a Clinical Neuropsychologist, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Dementia Leadership Fellow and holds the Leonard P Ullman Chair in Psychology at the University of Sydney. Her work focuses on the mechanisms by which modifiable risk factors for dementia including depression, sleep disturbance, and cardiovascular ...

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Ashok Gupta

MA(Cantab), MSc 

Ashok is an internationally renowned Speaker, Filmmaker & Health Practitioner who has dedicated his life to supporting people through chronic illness, and achieving their potential. Ashok suffered from ME, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, around 25 years ago when he was studying at Cambridge University. Through neurological research that he conducted, ...

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Dr Dave Jenkins

GP, Lecturer, Functional Health Consultant 

The current and accepted mainstream medical view of Alzheimer’s is that there is no disease altering therapy, however a growing body of evidence would suggest that it is largely preventable and often treatable. Join Dave Jenkins in research discussion, clinical findings, and case study presentation of reversal of cognitive decline utilising the Bredesen Protocol.  Dave will present pragmatic approaches that NEM practitioners can take towards utilising the Bredesen Protocols along with the challenges and solutions.

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Dr Jim Parker 


BMed, BSc, DRANZCOG, FRANZCOG  Obstetrician, Gynaecologist and Endoscopic Surgeon  Honorary Senior Clinical Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine  University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia  Dr Parker started his academic career with 3 years of preclinical training in Chiropractic at the Sydney College of Chiropractic in the 1978. He completed a Bachelor of ...

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Professor Hamid Sohrabi

Professor, Psychologist, Neuroscientist, PhD 

Associate Professor Hamid Sohrabi is a Clinical Psychologist and a Clinical Neuroscientist and serves as the Director of the Centre for Healthy Ageing at Murdoch University, Western Australia. Over the last 15 years, his research has been focussed on dementia diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and care at different stages. He has ...

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Samantha Marks


Her practice is focussed on “Grey Area Drinkers” – those whose alcohol consumption falls in the zone between social and damaging – and who may be able to abstain for periods of time but are likely to be preoccupied with alcohol and find it difficult to drink in moderation.   While alcohol ...

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