NICM Advisory Board

The NICM Advisory Board provides advice to NICM in the advancement of its objectives and priorities as a significant national body providing leadership and support for strategically directed research into complementary medicine and translation of evidence into clinical practice and relevant policy to the benefit of all Australians.

Mr Rodney Unsworth has kindly agreed to chair the new Board.

NICM HRI Advisory Board Terms of Reference (opens in a new window)


Rodney Unsworth

Rodney Unsworth  joined NICM HRI in 2020 as chair of the Advisory Board. He brings over four decades of managerial, executive, investment and advisory knowledge and experience in the pharmaceuticals industry.


Gerard Bodeker

International Advisor
Professor Gerry Bodeker researches and advises on international public policy on traditional, complementary and alternative medicine. An Australian, whose doctoral studies were at Harvard, he holds academic appointments at Oxford and at Columbia University in New York.


Annette Schmiede

Ms Schmiede is the executive leader of the Bupa Health Foundation in Australia. She brings a wealth of experience across Australia's health and aged care sectors, as well as a broad knowledge and deep understanding of health policy and reform.


Carl Gibson

Mr Gibson is the chief executive officer at Complementary Medicines Australia. He brings a wealth of knowledge from both public and private sector experience specialising in regulation, public policy and campaign communications.


Darren Greentree

Mr Greentree brings extensive knowledge and experience in finance, management and manufacturing. He is the director of financial operations at Western Sydney University and joins NICM as a member of the Advisory Board.


Deon Schoombie

Dr Schoombie is the chief executive officer at Australian Self Medication Industry. He brings a breadth of knowledge with a long history of experience in the pharmaceutical industry including in public policy, advertising, marketing and regulatory issues. Dr Deon Schoombie began his career working in various clinical settings from accident and emergency and general practice to psychiatric units in South Africa and London.


Jane Lyttleton

Jane Lyttleton began her studies in science in NZ and then at Guys Hospital in London with doctoral studies in genetics before  applying herself to the study and practice of Chinese medicine (in Australia and China).


Julie Hamblin

Julie Hamblin is a consultant in the Health Group of HWL Ebsworth. She has more than 20 years experience advising the public and private health sectors on health law, medical negligence, clinical risk, bioethics and public health, as well as providing specialist health regulatory advice.


Kerryn Phelps

Professor Kerryn Phelps AM is one of Australia's best-known doctors and public health and human rights advocates. She has been a general practitioner for over 30 years and is a pioneer in the fields of health communication and integrative medicine in Australia. She is an advisory board member and adjunct professor at NICM Health Research Institute.