NICM HRI Symposium 2020: Influential Women in Natural Therapies

Event Name NICM HRI Symposium 2020: Influential Women in Natural Therapies
Start Date 11 Mar 2020 8:40 am
End Date 11 Mar 2020 6:30 pm
Duration 9 hours and 50 minutes

Early quests for systematic approaches to wellbeing and good health using herbal medicines can be traced back as far as ancient Egypt’s Ebers Papyrus (1550BC). Ancient Egypt also brought to us one of the earliest women recorded in science, Merit Ptah. She was the first woman named in the history of medicine, and the world’s first chief female physician. Since then, modern day science and medicine has witnessed many other influential and inspiring women from across the world paving the way for women’s rights and roles in health and science. Those that have challenged and shaped the status quo of today, from Elizabeth Blackwell the first female doctor in modern times, to the recent Nobel Prize awarded scientist and Chinese medicine researcher Tu Youyou for her development of artemisinin-based antimalarials.

In 2020, NICM Health Research Institute will host an inaugural one-day Symposium in the new Jacka Foundation Conference Centre, bringing together Australia’s most influential women in natural therapies to celebrate and mark International Women’s Day and women in STEM (Science, Technology, Industry and Mathematics).

Attracting leading researchers, clinicians, authors, and integrative medicine advocates, the Symposium will serve as both a recognition of the contributions over time that women have played, as well as providing a forum for further planning and motivation of the next generation of integrative and lifestyle medicine researchers and healthcare professionals.

Key speakers will share their candid insights and wisdom gained from their life learnings and leadership in the field, and discuss the future of healthcare choices and what’s ahead for complementary and integrative medicine and its new generation of women leaders.

The Symposium is proudly supported by NICM Health Research Institute(NICM HRI), Western Sydney University, and the Jacka Foundation of Natural Therapies.

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Please note the December program above will be updated in early January with the speaker's presentation titles.

  • Registration desk open, 7:45am
  • Opening session commences, 8.40am
  • Final session concludes, 5pm
  • Drinks and canapés, 5-6.30pm

Key Speakers

Download the NICM HRI Symposium 2020: Influential Women in Natural Therapies speaker bios (coming soon)

  • Professor Kerryn Phelps AM, NICM Advisory Board Member and Adjunct
  • Judy Jacka, Vice-Chair, Jacka Foundation of Natural Therapies
  • Gail O’Brien AO, Patient Advocate, Board of Directors, Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
  • Petrea King, Founder, Quest for Life Foundation
  • Dr Penny Caldicott, President, Australasian Integrative Medicine Association
  • Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos AM, NICM Research Committee Member and Adjunct
  • Associate Professor Jennifer Hunter, NICM Research Committee Member and Adjunct, ISCMR Board
  • Associate Professor Lesley Braun, Director, Blackmores Institute

Further details


  • Wednesday, 11 March 2020


  • NICM Health Research Institute, Jacka Foundation Conference, Level 2, Western Sydney University, Westmead Campus, 158-160 Hawkesbury Road, Westmead, NSW


  • $280 (early bird offer before 31 January 2020)
  • $395 (after 31 January 2020)

    Includes access to all Symposium sessions plus a welcome morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, and canapés and drinks.

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Refund requests will be granted as follows:

  • Full refund is available until 4 March 2020, with partial (50%) refund thereafter.

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*Any profit generated from the Symposium will be dedicated towards supporting a Jacka Foundation PhD scholar.