We have been fortunate in receiving feedback and guidance on our development activities from some of Australia’s most respected natural therapists across all the modalities, medical practitioners and researchers – people who are expert practitioners, teachers and authors – as well as experts in other fields of endeavor. We are in the process of assembling an Advisory Board of some of these distinguished colleagues. They are not necessarily members of the HAP, but support our initiative to protect the future of natural medicine in Australia, as well as the rights of people to make informed choices about their healthcare and other important aspects their lives, and have offered their advice and guidance as needed.
The members formally agreeing to join the Board are shown below (in alphabetical order). We will be posting details of other members to this page very soon.
Adjunct Professor Kerry Bone : Herbal Medicine
Adjunct Professor Kerry Bone: Herbal Medicine
Kerry Bone is an experienced research and industrial chemist, who graduated with first class honours from Melbourne University and won the Masson Memorial Prize as Australia’s top chemistry student. He studied herbal medicine at the renowned School of Phytotherapy in the UK, and graduated with distinction in 1983.
He is a Fellow of both the National Herbalists Association of Australia, the Australian Natural Therapists Association, and the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK). He is Adjunct Professor at New York Chiropractic College, providing input into their postgraduate applied nutrition programme. He is the principal of the Australian College of Phytotherapy. Kerry also founded the successful Masters of Health Science (Herbal Medicine) at the University of New England in 2004 and served as Associate Professor there from 2004 to 2012.
Kerry is one of Australia’s most successful herbal clinicians responsible for the pioneering development of the herbal profession throughout Australia and New Zealand. His unique approach to herbal medicine, by combining tradition with current science, provides dynamic and effective treatment solutions for patients.
He is a respected author of more than 30 scientific papers on herbal research, including original research and systematic reviews. He has also written or co-written six popular textbooks on herbal medicine, including his latest with Simon Mills, the long-awaited second edition of Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy, which and was awarded the 2013 James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award by the American Botanical Council (ABC). Other key texts include The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety (also awarded the James A Duke Award), A Clinical Guide to Blending Liquid Herbs and The Ultimate Herbal Compendium. These texts are widely used at naturopathic and medical colleges throughout the world.
A leader in education, Kerry is invited to speak at professional and scientific conferences throughout the world. He gives presentations each year in Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, South Africa, the United States and Europe to health care professionals as well as scientists and researchers in the field.
He is the Co-Founder and Head of Research and Development at MediHerb, Australia’s most successful herbal company supplying only to health care professionals. Established in 1986, MediHerb quickly set the gold standard for quality and service in the herbal industry. He was instrumental in developing unique extraction processes that maintain herbs in their whole form, complete with their essential components. Kerry maintains a very active role in the technical and research operations at MediHerb.
Dr Michael Ellis: Sustainable Societies
Dr Michael Ellis: Sustainable Societies
MBBS MRCP DCH BA (Hons)
General Practitioner, Integrative Physician, Futurist, Peace Worker
Dr Michael Ellis is a medical doctor, futurist, and peace worker, living in Melbourne Australia, where he is a General Practitioner. He has higher qualifications in general medicine and paediatrics. He has a special interest in mind/ body medicine and in optimising the physical, mental and emotional health of the individual. As well as his medical qualifications, Dr Ellis also has an Honours Degree in Literature, Arts, Philosophy and Social Psychology, He founded the Global Peace Centre in 2009 and New Paradigm Journal in 2006. Dr Ellis organised a conference at Deakin University Melbourne on Shaping the Future in November 2012. In 2014 he organised a three day conference at Deakin University called Conference Earth-Shaping the Future.
As Co-Executive. Producer of Shaping the Future Global, in December 2012 he interviewed key international experts and luminaries on topics relating to Global peace, Spirituality, sustainability and healing. This was conducted over a two weekend period, on live internet streaming. The Co-Producer was Steven Zuckerman.
He founded and convened an international conference – Conference Earth: Humanity and Planet Earth – 2001 and Beyond in 1995 in Melbourne Australia attracting national media coverage.
He has conducted regular seminars at Universities on a wide range of topics related to the achievement of World Peace and the need for new ways of thinking and change of consciousness in order for humankind to survive sustainably. Dr Ellis conducts seminars on Wellness and Mind Body Medicine and Anti-Aging Medicine Internationally
Dr Ellis has a keen interest in the plight of the ordinary GP and is concerned about creating a more sustainable future for both doctors and the community. Because of this, he established The Medical Renaissance Group in Australia in 2001, which is sponsored by Dr Ian Dettman, Director of Biological Therapies. The Medical Renaissance Group aims to bring together the global community of doctors and community to lobby their respective governments for the creation of a healing culture which places priority on the health of the individual rather than on the illness of the individual. In this respect, it supports preventative, nutritional, mind/body medicine and Wellness Medicine and sees healing as being a unique partnership between the doctor and the patient.
Dr Ellis has spent a life time understanding psycho history. He has studied the deep connection between technology and culture and understood the conception of dialectical materialism. Studying the works of Erich Fromm, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung he realised how societal change is irrevocably connected with ideas as well as science.
Dr Ellis has a particular interest in the development of sustainable societies, and will bring that internationally acquired experience to advise the Health Australia Party on the fourth pillar of the Party – the creation of a healthy society.
John Feenie: Business and the Economy
John Feenie: Business and the Economy
Mr. John Feenie holds a certificate from the Advanced Management Program (AMP) from Harvard Business School, an MBA from Macquarie University in Sydney, and B Sc in Biochemistry from the University of Sydney.
He started his career with Lindemans Wines in Australia in 1976. He then became Vice President for Philip Morris Asia working in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo before becoming President of Disney Consumer Products for Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong. In his tenure there spanning a decade Mr. Feenie built DCP, A-P into the largest and most profitable operating unit for the Walt Disney Company outside the United States.
Licensing was the major focus of activity with the group being responsible for many innovations in marketing licensed products, including the creation of a common marketing fund and the implementation of virtual integration which enabled Disney to capture an increased share of revenue over and above regular royalty revenues.
After 11 years with Disney, Mr. Feenie joined with a private equity partner to create the Endeavour Learning Group in 2007 which in turn acquired the Australian College of Natural Medicine and several other natural health and fitness businesses. The College was rebranded into the Endeavour College of Natural Health, becoming the largest provider of natural medicine education in the Southern Hemisphere. It was sold in July 2014.
In 2012, Mr. Feenie established the College of Contemporary Health based in the United Kingdom to deliver comprehensive, integrated courses for health care professionals dealing with chronic illness, such as obesity.
In September, 2015, in partnership with a large Japanese private educator, he founded iShine Holdings KK in Japan, which will provide advanced online instruction in business related subjects for women in Japan who wish to re-enter the workforce. The first courses will be available in May, 2016
Dr Isaac Golden : Homeopathy
Dr Isaac Golden: Homeopathy
Following an early career in finance and financial accounting, Isaac changed career paths to natural medicine and has been a homoeopathic practitioner since 1984, and teaching since 1988. He founded the Australasian College of Hahnemannian Homoeopathy in 1990, which offers distance education courses in homoeopathic and natural medicine. Isaac is a regular contributor to local and international academic journals, and is the author of eleven books on homoeopathy and over 100 articles.
He has lectured in 9 countries. He is a world authority on homoeoprophylaxis – the use of homoeopathic medicines for specific infectious disease prevention – and was the first person to be awarded a PhD from a mainstream Australian University for research on a homoeopathic topic. He has undertaken immunisation research in Cuba and India in conjunction with Government authorities in those countries. In April 2016 he was invited by the government Department of AYUSH to visit India to advise on planned Dengue Fever immunisation programs in Delhi and Kerala State involving millions of people.
He worked in a range of positions with Endeavour College of Natural Health, including Head of School and Business Manager Academic until 2012. He was an Honorary Research Fellow, Faculty of Science, Federation University Australia from 2013 to 2016. He is presently Research Advisor on the Ethics Committee of the National Institute of Integrative Medicine, and is a peer reviewer for a number of Australian and international professional journals.
Isaac was President of the Victorian branch of the Australian Homoeopathic Association – Australia’s largest national organization of professional homoeopaths – from 1992 to 1998. In March 1999 he was awarded the Association’s Distinguished Service Award for his “many years of service to the Australian Homoeopathic Association and for his significant contributions to the homoeopathic profession in Australia”.
Isaac saw a real need to commit to the defence of natural medicine well before 2015, and has been working with colleagues in the Health Australia Party since 2015 to effect change. He believes that Australians need to be shown the complete evidence base of natural medicines and see how safe and cost-effective they can be, and that the health system in Australia needs to be changed from the present disease management system to a health creation system.
Isaac stands by the five pillars of the Health Australia Party: healthy people, healthy economy, healthy environment, healthy democracy and healthy society.
Judy Jacka - Naturopathy
Judy Jacka – Naturopathy
Judy Jacka graduated from General Nursing Training at Prince Henry’s Hospital in 1960. She studied natural therapies at the Southern School of Natural Therapies (SSNT) and graduated with a diploma in 1971. In 1981 she received a post- graduate diploma in Human Relations Education from Melbourne University. In 2001 she upgraded her naturopathic diploma to a bachelor degree in Health Science.
Judy was principal at the SSNT from 1974 to 1985 and chairperson until 1996. She was concerned during this period to create a high standard in both medical and naturopathic sciences within the college. She was particularly interested to in help graduates become established in practice using a core synthesis of clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, and homeopathy.
During the first half of the 1980’s Judy co-ordinated a number of submissions on behalf of SSNT and the naturopathic profession. It was a time when various pieces of proposed state and federal legislation threatened the future of natural therapies.
In 1999, Judy was awarded Life Membership of Australian Natural Therapist Association for her contributions to the profession, education and industry. In 2012 she was given an award by the Complementary Health Care Council of Australia (CHC) in appreciation of ongoing support for the Council.
Judy has continued in clinical practice for over 40 years plus lecturing at SSNT in naturopathic clinical practice until recently. Her publishing output includes seven books published in the areas of health including bestseller A-Z of Natural Therapies, plus many journal articles. Currently she is Vice-chairperson of the Jacka Foundation of Natural Therapies and is particularly interested in promoting research which reveals the core synthesis relating all natural and complementary therapies.
Neil Johnston: Pharmacy
Neil Johnston: Pharmacy
Neil Johnston began his career in pharmacy in 1956, being part of the last intake into the apprenticeship system.
While the course changed after graduation, he was one of the last students given training in what was really 19th century pharmacy, that would be described currently as complementary medicine.
He developed an interest in management and became the first accredited pharmacy management consultant in 1975, elevated to international level in 1992. During this time he was involved in research programs involving pharmacy clinical services development.
Neil has owned six pharmacies (either as partner or sole trader) at various times over his career.
Entered hospital pharmacy at Lismore, NSW and rose over time to become director of pharmacy. Resigned from hospital pharmacy management and became the academic pharmacist for the University Dept of Rural Health, with a role involving the mentoring of pharmacy interns and community pharmacists plus provide formal education support and be involved in research projects – all in the Northern Rivers area of NSW.
After three years, resigned and became semi-retired, but writing an E-Magazine for pharmacists, providing relief management services for community pharmacies, and providing consultancies for a small number of mainly young pharmacists, seeking to establish their own pharmacy practice.
Bill Pearson : Acupuncture and TCM
Bill Pearson: Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Graduated from Nature Care College with a DRM in 1983 and Dip TCM in 1987 and has been in practice since then. He joined the Australian Traditional Medicine Society in 1986, was invited to become a Board member in 1996.
Bill was elected Vice President in 1999, and President in 2001, a position he held for 8 years, and was awarded Life Membership of ATMS in 2009.
Bill is invited to speak regularly for various organisations in Australia, has held practitioner workshops and seminars throughout the country and has presented and taught internationally in Osaka, Tokyo, the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences and Minzu University Hospital in Beijing.
He led a delegation of ATMS practitioners to Xing Tang Zhong County Hospital in Shijiazhuang, to the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences and the Institute of Medical Plant Development both in Beijing and led a group of Tai Chi students to study under tutors from the Beijing Sports University and the Guigen Hospital.
Bill appeared as resident complementary medicine practitioner on WIN TV as well as talk back radio on ABC radio for 7 years and was a regular guest on ABC TV’s “Second Opinion”.
In Hobart he founded the first professional training College for Massage practitioners and, through his interest in Tai Chi and Medical Qigong, established Jian Shen School of Tai Chi and Qigong which is called upon to appear at events in Hobart and Bill is regularly invited to hold workshops for various organisations including the prison system, MS Society, Government Departments and the Hobart hospital.
He is heavily involved in the Hobart community and is on various Boards and Committees including the Theatre Council of Tasmania, the Suicide Prevention Network and the Moonah Arts Centre.
This work has resulted in the following nominations:
Certificate of Recognition. International Year of Volunteers
Excellent Service Awards. Hobart. Two years running
Hobart City Council Certificate of Recognition for Community work
Professor Avni Sali : Integrative Medicine
Professor Avni Sali
MBBS, PhD, FRACS, FACS, FACNEM
Director of the National Institute of Integrative Medicine.
Professor Avni Sali is often referred to as the father of Integrative Medicine in Australia. In 1996 he was the Founding Head of the Graduate School of Integrative Medicine at the Swinburne University in Melbourne. In 2009 he established the not-for-profit, charitable National Institute of Integrative Medicine (NIIM), and became its founding Director. In the past he was also Head of the University of Melbourne Department of Surgery at Heidelberg Hospital.
Professor Sali donates his time to several positions on medical boards and associations. He is the current President of the International Council of Integrative Medicine (ICIM); past President of the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA) and sits on numerous medical and other boards. He is a member of the Joint Working Party of the AIMA & Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) establishing the Integrative Medicine (IM) Network which oversees GP training, continuing professional development, and standards for safe ethical practice in the field of integrative medicine. He is also a patron and ambassador for several organisations including: The Melbourne Therapy Centre, GVConnect and others.
Professor Sali’s previous appointments include: Australian and New Zealand Representative of the International Society of Surgery, and Director of Victorian Health Research and Education Committee (VPHREC). Professor Sali was a part of the Federal Government Complementary Health Care Consultative Forum and the National Scientific Advisory Committee in Complementary Medicine.
Professor Sali is also involved with a number of Educational Medical & Teaching Research Facilities, such as the Brain Sciences Institute at Swinburne University; Southern School of Natural Therapies, Box Hill Institute, and the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM). Professor Sali was instrumental in establishing the first post-graduate medical school in Integrative Medicine at a University: The Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, Swinburne University Melbourne, as well as the first Integrative Hospital in Melbourne.
As a highly sought after Integrative Medical expert, Professor Sali regularly contributes to a wide variety of publications, including editorials and articles in Australian and International Medical Journals. He has authored and co-authored numerous publications, including chapters in two of the world’s leading surgical texts. He is on the editorial board of several medical journals and reviewer of articles for other health related publications. Recently he co-authored the highly awaited definitive text of integrative medicine ‘A guide to Evidence-Based Integrative and Complementary Medicine’ Medicine’ published in 2011: Elsevier Australia.
Professor Sali is an invited speaker at numerous seminars and workshops both nationally and internationally, every year. He also volunteers his time to give educational talks on public health in metropolitan and rural communities. He is a regular contributor of health articles to publications such as The Melbourne Review.
For his contribution to the community, in 2002 he was awarded the St. Michael’s Award for Outstanding Community Service and the Australian Humanitarian Award for Contributions to Health in 2004.
In November 2012 he was honoured to receive an integrative medicine award in recognition of more than 20 years of service, at the Australian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner and Awards. In March 2013 Prof Sali received an appointment as Adjunct Professor with the Cairnmillar Institute in Melbourne.
Professor Sali has been a pioneer of health promotion focusing on the importance of nutrition, exercise and mind-body approaches to preventative healthcare. For example, from 1979-1981, he performed Australia’s first study into the eating habits of primary school children as well as the first study investigating the role of school canteens on childrens’ diets.
His clinical expertise is in the area of treating complex and chronic diseases, particularly cancer. As a leader in his field and through his large body of work, he has inspired and led a new generation of doctors to the practice of Integrative Medicine.
His lifelong work has been the tireless promotion of bringing evidence-based Integrative Medicine into the mainstream medical model – to become the medical paradigm of healthcare.
Maggie Sands : Naturopathy and Remedial Therapies
Maggie Sands: Naturopathy, Remedial Therapies
Maggie has a strong interest in physical, mental and emotional wellbeing and 4 decades of experience in preventative healthcare in Australia.
In the 70’s and 80’s Maggie as a professional swimming coach trained athletes at both state and national levels. As one of the inaugural qualified fitness professionals in Australia in the early 80’s she had several fitness studio’s providing training for other instructors while also offering small group fitness classes.
After qualifying in naturopathy and remedial massage in 1985 Maggie founded the School of Integrated Body Therapy (SIBT) on the Central Coast of N.S.W which later became an Australian Registered Training Organization (RTO) offering accredited training for natural medicine and remedial massage practitioners. Her college SIBT has maintained ATMS recognised college status since 1988.
She is also the founder/owner of the Lake Spa Wellness Centre also on the Central Coast of N.S.W established in 1989 providing a variety of natural health therapies inclusive of naturopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture, counselling and a variety of massage modalities.
Maggie became a director of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS) in 1987 and has witnessed and participated in the growth and development of the Australian natural medicine industry.
She has had the privilege of being mentored by several well known natural medicine pioneers including Dorothy Hall, Denis Stewart and Peter Derig and for her contribution to ATMS was awarded Life Membership to the society in 1999.
Maggie has held positions of president, vice president and treasurer for ATMS, her directorship spanning over 28 years. She is a member of the CSH&ISC subject matter group which assist formulate the government health training packages, has travelled extensively presenting natural medicine seminars nationally and internationally and has several awards for exporting natural medicine education with support from the Australian trade commission to several Asian countries.
Maggie passionately continues to present seminars to natural medicine practitioners throughout Australia and is a strong advocate for all Australians to have the option to personally choose their preferred method of health care.
Rodger Savory: Environment; Regenerative Agriculture
Rodger Savory studied in both South Africa and America and received his degree from the University of New Mexico. He studied, Biology, Human Communications, Photography, Geography, Geology and Satellite Imagery and received a Bachelor’s of University Studies. This holistic degree served him well in his chosen field, Holistic Management. He was also a soldier in the American Army field artillery.
Rodger is a Savory Institute for Holistic Management certified educator. He has been involved in managing land holistically since 1987. He has worked on or managed land himself in America, Canada, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Australia and has consulted with holistic managers in numerous more countries and states. He managed the Africa Centre for Holistic Managements property at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
Every property that Rodger has been involved with has responded to changes in management with soils improving, water improving, wildlife and livestock improving, and with people’s lives improving.
He has become a permanent resident of Australia after becoming convinced that this was the country in the most need of help to change it’s thinking to a more holistic view, and more importantly with the realisation that Australia could do the most of any Nation to assist with huge global future food crises. With the right knowledge, Australia has vastly greater potential to produce significantly more food with which to feed the world, as well as improving the environment and wildlife habitat.
Rodger has given lectures and talks on holistic management wherever he has travelled. He has worked tirelessly to educate through doing and showing people what is possible and how they can do things. He is continuing this work on Jervoise Station in far North Queensland where he hopes to halt the desertification and fortunes of the property and keep it Australian owned.