Pain and other chronic conditions at 2015 Blackmores Institute Symposium


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Ground-breaking findings that may help the one in five Australians who live with chronic pain will be unveiled at the 2015 Blackmores Institute Symposium by internationally acclaimed integrative medicine expert, Dr Katherine Gergen Barnett.

Dr Gergen Barnett, from the USA, will unveil a ground-breaking finding at the 2015 Blackmores Institute Symposium, that may help one in five Australians who live in chronic pain. She will be joined by a diverse line-up of local researchers and clinicians who will divulge how the latest research on complementary and integrative medicine can be practiced to enhance frontline patient care in Australia.

The Boston -based researcher and MD will reveal the findings from her research at the 2nd Annual Blackmores Institute Symposium 2015 themed Translating Research Into Practice in Melbourne on 23-24 October.

Dr Gergen Barnett says a combination of shared cared, stress-relief therapies and evidence-based complementary medicine resulted in significant decrease to pain and stress for patients.

“Chronic pain is a world-wide problem. It affects one in five Australians and is one of the most costly health problems in the country,” Dr Gergen Barnett says.

“Our study showed Integrative medicine can significantly help relief, prevent or manage chronic pain.”

As the Director of Boston Medical Centre’s Integrative Medicine Services, Dr Gergen Barnett will discuss the study and how this and other research can best be turned into real health benefits for patients in Australia.

She will also discuss the international growth of Integrative Medicine and how it can best be brought into academic medicine, policy and front line delivery of care.

Blackmores Institute Director, Adjunct Associate Professor Lesley Braun says the 2015 Symposium will bring together an exclusive group of researchers and clinicians in the field of Integrative Medicine who will share their latest scientific findings.

Prof Braun says with more than 7 million Australians suffering from at least one chronic condition, the Blackmores Institute Symposium aims to showcase the strong and growing body of research underpinning integrative medicine and demonstrate how practitioners can incorporate new evidence-based therapies into every day practice which can help to transform the health of Australians.

“The Symposium is about sharing the latest research with practitioners and transforming it into real clinical practice, for the benefit of Australians,” Prof Braun says.

With 200 pharmacists and integrative healthcare practitioners expected to attend the 2-day meeting, the 2nd Annual Blackmores Institute Symposium will feature plenary, pharmacist and GP/allied health- specific streams, supported by clinical case study workshops.

The program is designed to cater to the clinical needs of a wide spectrum of healthcare practitioners. Key topics include:

Key presentations will include:

  • Nutrigenomics and Migraine – Professor Lyn Griffiths
  • Curcumin for Brain Health – Professor Andrew Scholey
  • Omega-3 for Heart Health – Professor Peter Howe
  • Nutrition & Eye disease – Dr Paul Beaumont
  • Nutritional Deficiencies & a practical approach to clinical nutritional  management – Belinda Wetenhall
  • Rapid Research Session to showcase key research findings from the last year
  • Pharmacist Stream – designed to translate findings into pharmacy practice and support pharmacists in patient care.
  • General Practice Stream – case-study approach to clinical care
  • Clinical Round Tables to integrate findings into practice

Blackmores Institute will seek CPD accreditation for the Symposium.

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