Role

The role of the Advisory Panel is to support the Natural Therapies Review 2019-20 by providing advice to the Australian Government Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, in relation to the 16 excluded natural therapies on:

  • any additional evidence of their clinical effectiveness published since the 2014-15 review or high quality evidence not included in the 2014-15 review to be assessed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
  • the reports on the evidence evaluations to be provided by the NHRMC

Members

Members of the Natural Therapies Review Expert Advisory Panel.

Member

Background and experience

Professor Brendan Murphy (Chair)

Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Government and principal medical adviser to the Minister for Health and the Department of Health.

Professor Alan Bensoussan

Director of the NICM Health Research Institute at the Western Sydney University. Ministerial appointments to several state, Commonwealth and international committees including in relation to complementary, herbal and traditional medicines.

Ms Ainslie Cahill

Consumer representation on a wide range of Commonwealth, university and industry committees in relation to health, including clinical trials. Previously CEO of Arthritis Australia where her role included overseeing assessment of grants applications including for natural therapies.

Ms Leanne Davis

Yoga practitioner and teacher. Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency registered acupuncturist. President of Yoga Australia and involved in the governance of a number of professional and educational Yoga organisations in New Zealand and the Unites States. Bachelor degree and post graduate diplomas in a range of health therapies including Yoga, Chinese Medicine/Herbalism, Acupressure and Shiatsu.

Dr Michael Gleeson

Alexander Technique practitioner and Physiotherapist. Previously Research Manager for WISE project, Pain Management Research Institute, Sydney Medical School – Northern, and coordinated musculoskeletal projects for the Far West Local Health District (NSW). PhD (Public Health) and Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy).

Ms Tess Graham

Physiotherapy and Buteyko Breathing Method practitioner. Bachelor of Science (Anatomy) and Diplomas in Physiotherapy and Buteyko Breathing Method. Invited speaker at medical, dental and health association conferences in Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Taiwan and France.

Professor Catherine Hill

Clinical rheumatologist and epidemiologist with research expertise in osteoarthritis, randomised clinical trials, vasculitis and population epidemiology. Chief Investigator of the North West Adelaide Health Study and involvement in NHMRC funded projects studying the effects of fish and krill oil supplementation in knee osteoarthritis. She is also a member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.

Dr Penelope Latey

Pilates practitioner and teacher trainer. Clinical Senior Lecturer and Research Supervisor, Discipline of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney. PhD (Measuring and managing foot muscle weakness) and MSc (Research) in relation to Pilates.

Dr David Levy

Hon. Associate, Centre for Medical Psychology and Evidence-based Decision Making, Faculty of Science, and Research Assistant, Faculty of Nursing, University of Sydney. PhD Faculty of Medicine and Masters Health Science Education, University of Sydney. Professional Homeopath.

Professor Tracy Merlin

Managing Director, Adelaide Health Technology Assessment and Interim Head of School of Public Health, University of Adelaide. Vice Chair, International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA) and previously co-chair INAHTA Quality Assurance Group.

Associate Professor Byeongsang Oh

Senior Principle Research Fellow, Northern Sydney Cancer Centre, Royal North Shore Hospital including current research related to Tai Chi and Qigong. Clinical Associate Professor, Sydney Medical School, Sydney University. PhD in Medicine (Integrative Oncology) and MaAppSc in Acupuncture. CEO of International Medical Tai Chi and Qigong Association.

Mr John Stubbs

Consumer representation on a range of Commonwealth and state government, medical and research industry committees in relation to health, including clinical trials, medications and homeopathy.

Associate Professor Jon Wardle

Associate Professor of Public Health at the University of Technology Sydney Faculty of Health. Head of Regulatory, Policy and Legislative Stream of the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine. Visiting positions at Schools of Medicine, University of Washington and Boston University. Practitioner background in naturopathy and nursing and postgraduate training in public health and law.

Terms of Reference

NTREAP Terms of Reference

Meetings

The Advisory Panel is expected to meet 4 times from September 2019 to June 2020. Additional meetings may be held if needed.

Meeting outcome summaries will be published after each meeting has been held.

Contact

Natural Therapies Review Expert Advisory Panel secretariat

Contact the secretariat for the Natural Therapies Review Expert Advisory Panel for further information on the Review.

naturaltherapiesreview [at] health.gov.au

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Last updated: 
12 September 2019