NICM HRI Symposium 2020: Influential Women in Natural Therapies

Event Name NICM HRI Symposium 2020: Influential Women in Natural Therapies
Start Date 11th Mar 2020 8:40 am

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.

In conjunction with the Symposium, register for breakfast on the ground floor for our first Women’s Networking Breakfast with guest speaker Lisa Curry AO MBE

The Influential Women in Natural Therapies Symposium and the Women's Networking Breakfast is proudly presented by NICM Health Research Institute(NICM HRI), Western Sydney University, and the Jacka Foundation of Natural Therapies.

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

Key Speakers

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  • Dr Judy Jacka, Vice-Chair, Jacka Foundation of Natural Therapies
  • Petrea King, Founder, Quest for Life Foundation
  • Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos AM, NICM HRI Research Committee Member and Adjunct, Associate Professor La Trobe University, and General Practitioner
  • Professor Kerryn Phelps AM, NICM HRI Advisory Board Member and Adjunct, General Practitioner, former Federal MP, and current City of Sydney Councillor
  • Dr Penny Caldicott, President, Australasian Integrative Medicine Association, and General Practitioner
  • Associate Professor Lesley Braun, Director, Blackmores Institute and NICM HRI Adjunct
  • Dr Anne-Louise Carlton, Consultant, Health Workforce Regulation, and Visiting Research Fellow, RMIT University
  • Gail O’Brien AO, Patient Advocate, Board of Directors, Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

Further details


  • Wednesday, 11 March 2020


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


  • $280 (early bird offer before 14 February 2020)
  • $395 (after 14 February 2020)

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

NICM HRI Symposium Registration

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Symposium Refund and Cancellation Policy

All refund requests must be made in writing to

Refund requests will be granted as follows:

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

NICM HRI Symposium Contact Information

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