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NICM Research: Complementary and integrative medicine for women's health

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Western Sydney University - (1PSQ) Parramatta City Campus

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NICM presents the latest acupuncture and integrative medicine research. The seminar will cover Women's Health topics and is focussed on staying true to the principles of practice for complex women’s health issues.

This seminar will cover three women's health related studies that have been performed by researchers at NICM in the areas of endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and threatened miscarriage.


Dr Mike Armour will be presenting the preliminary results on his clinical trial on the treatment of acupuncture for endometriosis.

Dr Susan Arentz will be presenting her findings on the role of herbal medicine for the management of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Dr Debra Betts will be presenting her findings on acupuncture and supportive care for threatened miscarriage

Each of the presenters will be presenting their results but with a specific focus on the clinical application of their findings, as NICM is passionate about helping translate research into practice. We hope that these clinically focussed trials will help provide guidance on how treatment that can be applied optimally in the community as well as providing evidence for effectiveness, efficacy and safety of integrative medicine.

Dr Debra Betts is the author of “The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth” published in 2006 and translated into German and French. Her PhD on the use of acupuncture in threatened miscarriage was completed through the University of Western Sydney in 2014. She is currently an Adjunct Fellow at the National Institute of Complementary Medicine at the University of Western Sydney and Director of Postgraduate Programmes for the New Zealand School Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She also supervises a hospital antenatal acupuncture clinic and lectures internationally on the use of maternity acupuncture.

Dr Mike Armour is a post-doctoral research fellow at NICM, specialising in women’s health, and has a particular interest in dysmenorrhea and persistent pelvic pain. Mike has a background in biomedicine as well as traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture, having been a clinician for 9 years. Mike completed his PhD in 2016 and has joined NICM last August, moving from his home country of New Zealand. Mike is currently the lead investigator on several Australian projects related to endometriosis, primary dysmenorrhea and the social, financial and personal impact of these conditions.

Dr Susan Arentz is an experienced naturopath, adjunct research fellow and lecturer with a special interest in women’s health. She graduated with a doctor of philosophy in 2016 having researched the role of naturopathy for the management of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Susan has been in naturopathic clinical practice for twenty years and is a lecturer and clinic supervisor at Endeavour College of Natural Health. She is a passionate advocate for women centred, natural health care.

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Practitioners, students and anyone who has an interest in integrative medicine research is welcome to attend. There is no charge for this event, however please register your interest in attending as this will ensure we have enough seating for everyone. We will provide a certificate of attendance for 1.5 hours.

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We will be hosting this seminar at Western Sydney Universities new 1PSQ building, on the corner of Macquarie Street and Smith Street. Please come to reception and they will direct you to level 9. We will be in conference room 3. You will see signs directing you.

Recording:

Unfortunately as we will be presenting some unpublished findings we cannot provide a recording or slides from this seminar to those unable to attend.

Contact details:

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Dr Mike Armour, m.armour@westernsydney.edu.au

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