Carolyn Ee

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Executive Committee Member, NICM
Jacka Foundation Senior Research Fellow, NICM

Dr Ee is a GP researcher and was one of the first practicing medical doctors in Australia to gain dual qualifications in Chinese Medicine. She completed a Masters and PhD on acupuncture for menopausal hot flushes at the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne. Dr Ee specialises in clinical trials on acupuncture in women's health, and is the current chair of the RACGP Integrative Medicine Specific Interest Group. She joined NICM in January 2016 as a Research Fellow, and was appointed in November the Jacka Foundation Senior Research Fellow.

Dr Ee is the recipient of multiple research awards and grants including the Chris Silagy Scholarship, NHMRC postgraduate scholarship, and PHCRED scholarship. Her pilot work on acupuncture for hot flushes led to a subsequent NHMRC project grant and publication in a high-impact journal. Dr Ee's research interests are in acupuncture clinical trials, particularly in women's health, PCOS, insulin resistance and breast cancer, as well as translational research in complementary medicine more broadly. 

Projects and grants

Dr Ee's research has been supported by numerous external funding agencies including NHMRC, industry and professional associations. Over the last five years she has attracted three successful external research grants totalling $500,000.

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Awards and recognitions

  • 2015 Barbara Gross award for best overall research presentation at Australasian Menopause Society congress
  • 2015 Winner of Best Research Presentation at Australian Integrative Medicine Association conference


  • 2016 PhD, University of Melbourne
  • 2010  Masters of Medicine by Research, University of Melbourne
  • 2007  Graduate Certificate of Medical Acupuncture, Monash University
  • 2007  Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
  • 2004  Bachelor of Applied Science with Distinction – Chinese Medicine/Human Biology, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • 1998 MBBS, University of Western Australia


Journal Articles

1. Ee, C.; Thuraisingam, S.; et al. "Expectancy after the first treatment and response to acupuncture for menopausal hot flashes". PLoS ONE, 2017; 12(10).

2. Smith, C; Armour, M; and Ee, C. "Complementary Therapies and Medicines and Reproductive Medicine". Semin Reprod Med, 2016; 34 (3):67-73.

3. Ee, C; Xue, C; Chondros P et al. "Acupuncture for hot flashes. A randomized trial". Annals of Internal Medicine, 2016. 164:146-154.

4. Del Mar, C, and Ee, C. "How To Treat: Complementary Therapies in General Practice". Australian Doctor 1 Aug 2014. (Commissioned).

5. Pirotta, M., et al., Acupuncture for menopausal vasomotor symptoms: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 2014. 15: p. 224.

6. Ee, C., Approach to low back pain - acupuncture. Aust Fam Physician, 2014. 43(5): p. 287-8. (Commissioned, peer-reviewed).

7. Ee, C., Acupuncture for hot flushes. Climacteric, 2009. 12(5): p. 459-60. (Letter to the Editor)

8. Ee, C., 'I just don't feel right'. Aust Fam Physician, 2008. 37(11): p. 904-7. (Commissioned, peer-reviewed).

9. Ee, C.C., et al., Acupuncture for pelvic and back pain in pregnancy: a systematic review. Am J Obstet Gynecol, 2008. 198(3): p. 254-9.

10. Ee, C. and M. Pirotta, Primary dysmenorrhoea--evidence for complementary medicine. Aust Fam Physician, 2006. 35(11): p. 869. (Commissioned, peer-reviewed)

Editorial experience

2008 – 2011 Editorial Board Member, Australian Family Physician

Book chapters

In press: Book chapter "Evidence on patients' experiences and concerns" in "Evidence-Based Practice across the Health Professions" edited by Tammy Hoffman, Chris Del Mar, Sally Bennett

Invited and Conference Presentations


Speaker selected from Abstract – oral presentation at Australasian Menopause Society congress

Speaker selected from Abstract – oral presentation at Australian Integrative Medicine Association conference

Speaker selected from Abstract – oral presentation at International Congress of Medical Acupuncture, Indonesia: "Acupuncture for menopausal hot flushes: a randomized sham-controlled trial"

Invited to be a Speaker at the Future GP Conference, Melbourne, "Integrative Medicine"

Invited to be a Speaker at General Practice Student's Network Careers Night


Invited to be a Panel Speaker at the Melbourne MD Conference, Workshop on Integrative Medicine


Invited to present as an Early Career Researcher at "Passionate Minds: Women in Medical Research" symposium, University of Melbourne


Invited to present on "How Being an Academic Registrar Changed My Life" at General Practice Awards Night, University of Melbourne


Invited to present at "Journeys in Research" segment of PHCRED conference



Chair, Integrative Medicine Working Group, RACGP National Faculty of Specific Interests;

Member, GP Advisory Board, Blackmores Research Institute

Authorised person, Chinese Medicine Council of NSW


Strategic Education Advisory Group member, Integrative Medicine Working Group, RACGP National  Faculty of Specific Interests

Member, Advisory Board, Anaphylaxis Network Australia


Chair, Students in Primary Care Research Committee, University of Melbourne Dept of General Practice