NatPrac 2018. 10 November 2018

6.5 CPE Points

from 8:00AM

REGISTRATION accompanied by freshly brewed coffee and a selection of teas


WELCOME and Housekeeping
Carla Hanlon, NatPrac Events

9:05am – 9:50am
9:50am – 10:00am

Plenary Session:  Cannabis:- Common Myths and Misconceptions
Q&A time

Justin Sinclair
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10:00am – 10:45am
10:45am – 11:00am

Plenary Session:   Excipients – Know Your Trade

Q&A time

Shilo Mason
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11:00am – 11:15am

MORNING TEA – freshly made sweet and savoury bites accompanied by freshly brewed coffee and a selection of teas

11:15am – 12:30pm


Get the Low Down: The influence of sex and intimate interaction on the vaginal microbiome

Moira Bradfield
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The Many Moods of Menopause
Neurotransmitters, genetics and mental health considerations in clinical practice

Vanita Dahia
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Eradicating Bacterial, Viral, Stealth, Fungal and Parasitic Infections with Herbal Medicine

Kristin Gilmour
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12:30pm – 1:00pm

Gourmet buffet lunch served with freshly brewed coffee, a selection of teas and cold refreshments.

1:00pm – 1:45pm
1:45pm – 2:00pm

MTHFR and Pyrrole disorder – Not the Be All and End All
Q & A time

Dr Bradley McEwen
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2:00pm – 2:45pm
2:45pm – 3:00pm

Plenary Session:  Unpacking Herbal Dosage Confusion
Q&A time

Geoff Beaty
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3:00pm – 3:15pm

AFTERNOON TEA – freshly made sweet and savoury bites accompanied by freshly brewed coffee and a selection of teas

3:15pm – 4:30pm

Q&A Panel / Plenary Session: Interactive, moderated session where the audience asks questions anonymously via their phone or tablet of the Practitioner panel

Clinical Conundrums: “Everything you’ve wanted to know but have been too afraid to ask”.

Panel members:
Justin Sinclair
Moira Bradfield
Geoff Beaty
Shilo Mason
Kristin Gilmour


CONFERENCE CLOSE followed by networking drinks
Carla Hanlon, NatPrac Events.

Presenter topics

Cannabis: common myths and misconceptions

Justin Sinclair

This presentation will focus on what the scientific literature suggests around many of the commonly held beliefs about this often maligned herbal medicine.

Topics such as “Cannabis lowering IQ”, “Cannabis being a gateway drug” or “causing schizophrenia” are addressed and evidence presented to bring some balance to this contentious issue.

There will be ample time for Q&A whereby you will, hopefully, leave with a greater understanding – and more importantly – the confidence to address these topics and respond to questions in both clinic and when asked by family and friends.

Excipients – know your trade

Shilo Mason

With the TGA definition of excipients covering  “Any component of a finished dosage form other than an active ingredient”, the true power of excipients may be overlooked.

Lets discuss the value, drawbacks and roles of excipients in our practitioner products because you simply can’t do your best work without amazing tools.

  • explore the colours, flavours, fillers, and other additives of your products
  • therapeutic excipients
  • find out what is in your products
  • why clinicians are responsible too.

Great tools let us do the ‘remarkable’ and the ‘impossible’. 

“Get the low down: the influence of sex and intimate interaction on the vaginal microbiome”

 Moira Bradfield

The vaginal microbiome is a resilient and important econiche within the human body. There are a variety of exogenous influences that can contribute to dybiotic shifts within the vaginal microbiome.

Being able to understand and assess these influences can help you to prioritise and implement treatment interventions that optimise clinical success.

Sexual interaction is often identified by clients as being associated with both vaginal and urinary symptom flares. Some associated disorders of vaginal dysbiosis like Bacterial Vaginosis have very close risk with sexual behaviours that some argue it could be defined as a sexually transmitted infection.

Join Moira as she discusses the influences of sex on the vaginal microbiome, clinical assessment and treatment strategies.

The many moods of menopause

 Vanita Dahia

Neurotransmitters, Genetics and Mental Health Considerations in Clinical Practice

Discover your passion for patient care. Continue caring for your patients while learning the most current and relevant integrative approaches for the prevention and treatment of mental health.

Mental Health, neuro-chemistry and neuroplasticity have become burgeoning markets in an integrative practice today perhaps due to greater public awareness of mental health concerns or the innovative science behind neuro-transmission pathways, nutrient and genetic constructs. In the neurological system, hormones, adrenals, nutrients and genetics are synergistic with neurotransmitters – modulating their production, signalling and metabolism.

Because of this complex interplay, testing the clinical triggers and neurotransmitters together is the ideal way to generate a more precise assessment.

Functional assessments gives practitioners a more thorough evaluation of the systems that interact to govern key facets of mental health including mood, stress, anxiety, memory, and depression. The lab variants will offer a diagnostic edge allowing for zeroing on targeted therapies best suited for your patient.

In this workshop, you will get a broad overview of functional assessments in mental health and endocrine hormones with attention to key markers in interpretation and treatment strategies.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • the dynamic interplay between neurotransmitters and sex hormones
  • clinical and practical know-how in managing mental health during hormonal change
  • assessment tools in understanding the underlying metabolic blocks
  • interpreting labs and natural management of patient.

Eradicating Bacterial, Viral, Stealth, Fungal, and Parasitic Infections with Herbal Medicine

Kristen Gilmour

With the ever increasing numbers of resistant infections practitioners are presented with in a clinical setting, there is a need for effective strategies to successfully treat these patients.  In this lecture, Kristin will summarise the herbal medicine treatment goals and guidelines, along with the most valuable herbal medicines, for eradicating bacterial, viral, stealth, fungal, and parasitic infections.  Drawing from extensive research and collective clinical experience, Kristin will detail a number of well known and novel antimicrobial phytomedicines, which may be utilised during the treatment and management of these infections.  Furthermore, Kristin will provide clinical tips, example formulae, and case studies to help practitioners practically apply the information presented.

MTHFR and Pyrrole disorder – Not the Be All and End All

Dr Bradley McEwen

In recent years there has been an influx of patients presenting with diagnoses of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) polymorphisms and/or pyrrole disorder. Both are reported to have a wide range of signs and symptoms, with many crossing over between the two conditions. Compounding the issue is people self-diagnosing and treating themselves based on information or mis-information they find on the internet. This can be confusing to both the patient and practitioner. Some patients can be very forceful on practitioners with their “diagnosis”. This can lead to a major emphasis on only treating MTHFR and pyrrole disorder while the person holistically is lost in the wilderness.

In this session, Brad will discuss and demystify the clinical significance of MTHFR and pyrrole disorder and the impact of holistic naturopathy and nutritional medicine. MTHFR and pyrrole disorder are not the be all and end all of clinical practice.

Unpacking herbal dosage confusion

Geoff Beaty

Naturopaths and Herbalists have been spoon-fed their dosage information since the mid 1980s, whilst often very useful there are pitfalls in not understanding the correct dosage range. The broad ranging education supplied by the Herbal manufacturers has been excellent generally speaking, however their dosage information has not always been as clear as it should have been. In this session we will look at the minefield of not clearly understanding dosage and the consequences it can have.