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.

Professor John Funder has kindly agreed to chair the new Board.

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


John Funder

Professor John Funder is a senior fellow at Prince Henry's Institute. He joined Prince Henry's Medical Research Centre in 1973 where he went from senior research fellow to senior principal research and deputy director.


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.


Gregory Kolt

Professor Gregory Kolt is the Dean of Science and Health and Professor of Health Science at the University of Western Sydney.


Hosen Kiat

Professor Kiat is one of the world's eminent cardiologists and cancer experts and brings a wealth of knowledge from his clinical and research experience. He is the medical director of the Cardiac Health Institute and joins NICM as a member of the Advisory Board.


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 MP is Adjunct Professor at The University of Sydney's Faculty of Medicine in the School of General Practice and Conjoint Professor at the University of New South Wales in the Faculty of Medicine.