2014 - The Year @ NIIM

2014 - The Year @ NIIM

December 2014

Seasons Greetings!

On behalf of the NIIM team, best wishes to one and all for the joy of the Festive Season.
We hope the New Year is filled with peace, success, happiness and GOOD HEALTH!

Christmas and New Year Holiday Dates

The NIIM Clinic will be CLOSED:
Wed 24 Dec, Thu 25 Dec, Fri 26 Dec, Wed 31 Dec, Thu 1 Jan, Fri 2 Jan

Please note the Clinic will be OPEN Mon 29 Dec & Tue 30 Dec
Normal Clinic times will resume Mon 5 Jan 2015.

2014 NIIM Events & Activities

Advance Screening - The Hundred Foot Journey
6pm Sunday 10 August at Rivoli Cinemas, Hawthorn East

NIIM is very grateful to Village Roadshow for the opportunity to host this special fundraising event! NIIM received rave reports from everyone who enjoyed French wine, Indian treats from Tandoori Den, healthy delicious nuts from The Royal Nut Company and Bollywood entertainment before watching this delectable movie prior to public release.

Many thanks to Village Roadshow; Scanlan & Theodore; Swisse and other donors for their generosity - everyone left with a smile on their face and great delight from all raffle prize winners.

Public Lectures & Clinical Meetings For Practitioners

This year we have run regular NIIM Public Lectures and Clinical Meetings for Practitioners on topics relevant to the practice of Integrative Medicine. We plan to continue these in 2015 incorporating new topics. We thank our presenters who donate their time for these educational activities.

NIIM 1-Day Symposium ‘Advances in Integrative Medicine’

This educational and highly informative event for integrative medicine practitioners, allied and complementary healthcare professionals, nurses and healthcare students was a resounding success! NIIM’s commitment is to bring together leaders in this multi-disciplinary area of medicine, with a focus on presenting the latest evidence and how this works in practice.

The extensive program included 7 keynote presentations, panel discussion and concurrent workshops. Many thanks to all our speakers, sponsors, supporters, volunteers and staff who contributed to made this special event possible.

Our next symposium is planned for Saturday 28 November 2015.
Education & Community Events

NIIM is committed to the research, education and practice of Integrative Medicine. Our team provides the community with regular public lectures, clinical workshops and published material. Director of NIIM, Professor Avni Sali is invited regularly to present at both National and International events. This year his busy schedule of speaking engagements included:

  • Natural Health Convention in California
  • University of California Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine
  • Dubai UAE Department of Medical Education
  • International Doctors studying in Australia to receive accreditation, about Integrative Medicine
  • Cairnmillar Institute
  • Thermomix Australia - talk on Nutrition
  • Various Cancer support groups
  • Mental Health Carers Victoria
  • Village Roadshow
  • Graduation Ceremony, Australian Institute of Applied Sciences
  • Victorian Pharmacy Conference
  • Shaping the Future Conference, Deakin University
  • Australasian Integrative Medicine Association Conference, Sydney
  • NIIM ‘Advances in Integrative Medicine’ Inaugural 1-Day Symposium
  • ‘Beyond Medicine’ Seminar, Opening of Cancer Wellness Centre Perth
  • World Cancer Congress, Melbourne
Early Diary Date for 2015

Mindfulness & Meditation for Wellbeing 3-week course with Seikan Čech at NIIM

Suitable for beginners and those with prior experience, this 3-week course will provide a clear and simple introduction to meditation practice and how to make it a positive and regular part of your life. Seikan Čech is a Zen monk with extensive experience in teaching meditation and mindfulness practice to individuals and groups, including in medical and healthcare settings.

When: Tue 20 Jan, Tue 27 Jan, Tue 3 Feb
Time: 6.15pm to 7.45pm
Where: NIIM Lecture Theatre, Level 3, 21 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn
Cost: $120 adult ($110 concession) for 3 sessions

Enrolments limited to 20 participants per course Book Online Now!

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We extend our gratitude to all for their dedication and ongoing commitment

NIIM Advisory Board
Graham Candy, Peter Copulos, Michael Drapac, Adam Garrisson, Anne Kantor, Sharon Kepper Robert Kirby, Grant Moffitt, Beverley Pinder-Mortimer, Nathan Sable, Radek Sali, Betty Zervas, Theo Zervas

NIIM Fundraising Committee
Steve Bunce, Christine Johnson, Marg Rossi, Anna Ryan, Beverley Pinder-Mortimer, Hana Sali, Helen Sali, Uschi Schwartz, Betty Zervas, Theo Zervas

We also send heartfelt thanks to all Volunteers and Supporters for their generous contributions throughout the year

Special ‘Thank You’ to Thermomix for their generous donation of 150 Chairs for our Lecture Theatre and a Thermomix for our NIIM Kitchen


Congratulations to our Director of Research Dr Karin Ried who received an Adjunct A/Professorial appointment at Bond University.

Current NIIM Research Department projects

The ‘AGE at Heart’ trial
Aged Garlic Extract (AGE) for blood pressure and heart health: a 3-month randomised placebo-controlled trial. Recruitment of 100 participants for the trial has now concluded and a full report is being compiled for publication.

Circulating Tumour Cells (CTC) in cancer patients
Circulating Tumour Cells (CTC) and other rare cells are detected using the ISET device (Isolation by Size of Epithelial/ Tumour Cells, Rarecells, France). The CTC test offered at NIIM is the first of its kind available in Australia.

The Cocoa Study
Investigates the effect of an acute dose of cocoa on cardiovascular health, cognition and mood.

The Ginger trial
Conducted by our PhD student, Wolfgang Marx, looks at the effect of ginger for nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy patients.

Regional Hyperthermia Trial
CAs adjunctive cancer therapy is evaluated in NIIM patients. Hyperthermia can increase treatment effectiveness by 25-80%.

More studies are underway for 2015, these include:
  • Cognitive function in relation to Vitamin C status in surgery and cancer patients
  • Comparison of CTC analysis and live blood analysis
  • The effect of cocoa on cognitive function in an older population
  • Electromagnetic wave pain therapy
  • Diabetes Type 1 and BCG vaccine case study
  • Prolotherapy and pain relief
  • The effect of aged garlic extract on cardiovascular function, arterial stiffness and aerobic fitness

Dr Ried’s studies have been widely publicised over the year. She has also featured in the media and presented her research findings at several conferences.

The latest publication by Ried K & Fakler P, titled “Potential of garlic in lowering high blood pressure: mechanisms of action and clinical relevance” can be Downloaded Here

NIIM Clinic

2014 has been a huge year for the NIIM Clinic with our move to 21 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn now complete. The NIIM Clinic has expanded to host 25 Healthcare Practitioners providing the best in Integrative Healthcare. During 2014 we welcomed the following practitioners:

  • Dr Chris Corcos
  • Catherine Dunlop
  • Dr Catherine Fyans
  • Tatjana Kursova
  • Dr Philip Qing Lu
  • Dr Amir Nekoee
  • Dr Sandra Parsons
  • Dr Manu Rao
  • Dr Fred Spittel
  • Dr Iggy Soosay
NIIM Clinic Services

With our expansion of practitioners the NIIM clinic now offers the following services:

Integrative General Practice, Family Medicine and Specialist Medical Practitioners

  • Allergies
  • Anti-Ageing Medicine
  • Auto-Immune Diseases
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Clinical Toxicology
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive Problems
  • Environmental Medicine
  • Food Allergies
  • Heart & Vascular Disease
  • Hormones
  • Irritable Bowel
  • Lyme Disease
  • Men’s Health
  • Mental Health
  • Mind-Body Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Nutritional Medicine
  • Preventative Medicine
  • Psychiatrist
  • Sports Medicine
  • Stress Management
  • Thyroid Function
  • Weight Management
  • Women’s Health

Pathology Collection
Available by appointment

Allied and Complementary Health Practitioners

  • Allergies
  • Acupuncture
  • Counselling
  • Dietician
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Homeopath
  • Myotherapy & Massage
  • Naturopath
  • Osteopath
  • Psychologist
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine

Intravenous Clinic

  • Chelation Therapy
  • IV Vitamin & Mineral Therapy
  • Iron Infusions

Other Services

  • Central Blood Pressure
  • Chemosensitivity
  • Circulating Tumor Cells Test
  • Hormone Testing (SST, GH)
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Hyperthermia (whole body)
  • Hyperthermia trial (regional)
  • Injectable Cosmetics
  • Live Blood Analysis
  • PRP & Prolotherapy

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