Mike Armour

Mike Armour

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PHD, BHSC, BSC (HONS)
Research fellow, clinical research, NICM


Dr Armour joined NICM in 2016 as a postdoctoral research fellow working in the area of women's health. His background is a mixture of western and eastern medicine, having completed an honours degree in Biomedicine before training as a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner.

In 2016, under the supervision of Professor Caroline Smith, Professor Hannah Dahlen, Dr Xiaoshu Zhu and Professor Cindy Faruqhar, Dr Armour completed his PhD examining the effect of acupuncture on the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea at NICM.

He started his research career in 2001, as a summer scholar working on cardiovascular biophysics at the Faculty of Medicine in Auckland, New Zealand. While studying acupuncture Dr Armour then worked as a research assistant serving the largest district health board population in the New Zealand at the Waitemata District Health Board, being involved in a range of health related research, with a specific focus on complementary and integrative medicine.  He tutored at the Faculty of Medicine for several years, and more recently at the NZ School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from 2010-2016, specialising in research methodology. Dr Armour also ran a busy clinical practice at The Body Workshop, specialising in women's health.

His research areas include gynaecology, pregnancy and fertility, and traditional Chinese medicine. He is experienced in implementing research projects across international borders and has a specific interest in dysmenorrhea and chronic pelvic pain.


Research focus

  • Research methodology
  • Acupuncture
  • Women's health
  • Traditional Chinese medicine

Awards and recognitions

  • 2015 Best oral presentation, ICCMR
  • 2015 Best poster, International Scientific Acupuncture and Meridian Symposium (iSAMS)
  • 2015 JACKA writing scholarship

Education

  • 2016 Doctor of Philosophy (Women's Health), Western Sydney University
  • 2009 Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture)
  • 2003 Bachelor of Science (Biomedicine Honours), University of Auckland

Publications

Journal Articles

2016

Smith, C.A., Armour, M., Zhu, X., Li, X., Lu, Z.Y. & Song, J., 2016, Acupuncture for dysmenorrhoea, The Cochrane database of systematic reviews, 4, p. CD007854.

Armour, M., Dahlen, H.G. & Smith, C.A., 2016a, More Than Needles: The Importance of Explanations and Self-Care Advice in Treating Primary Dysmenorrhea with Acupuncture, Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine, 2016, p. 3467067.

Smith, C., Armour, M. & Ee, C. 2016, Complementary Therapies and Medicines and Reproductive Medicine, Seminars in Reproductive Medicine, 34(02), pp. 067-73.

2014

Smith, C.A., Armour, M. & Betts, D., 2014, Treatment of women's reproductive health conditions by australian and new zealand acupuncturists, Complementary therapies in medicine, 22(4), pp. 710-8.

2013

Armour M. From clinical practice to clinical trial: the development of a clinical trial protocol for period pain. World Federation of Acupuncture Societies 8th World Conference on Acupuncture; 02/11/2013; Sydney. AJACM; 2013. p. 25-32.

2009

Yates KM, Armour MJ, Pena A. Complementary therapy use amongst Emergency Medicine patients. Complementary therapies in medicine. 2009 Aug 31;17(4):224-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.ctim.2009.06.001.

Book chapters

2016
Smith, C.A, Armour, M (2016) Alternative therapies to improve conception rates in Kovacs & Norman How to Prepare the Body for Reproductive Success. Cambridge University Press,  UK. (In press).

Conference papers

2015

Armour M. A change of perspective: treatment for period pain using acupuncture alters how women view their menstrual cycle. Presented at ICCMR, Jeju Island, South Korea, 13-15 May 2015.

Armour M. Acupuncture treatment for primary dysmenorrhea: the effect of changing treatment timing and mode of stimulation in a randomised trial. Presented at AACMAC, Adelaide, 22-24 May 2015.

Armour M. Acupuncture treatment for primary dysmenorrhea: the effect of changing treatment timing and mode of stimulation in a randomised trial. Poster shown at ISAMS, Otago, October 3-4 2015.

2013

Armour M. From clinical practice to clinical trial: the development of a clinical trial protocol for period pain.  World Federation of Acupuncture Societies 8th World Conference on Acupuncture; 02/11/2013; Sydney. AJACM; 2013. p. 25-32.