The ACNEM Conference 2017 is now over and we thank all our attendees, exhibitors and speakers for making it a great experience.

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Details of the ACNEM Conference 2018 will be released in November 2017.

One of the most inspiring events in the Nutritional Medicine Conference Calendar – join world leading experts in Brain Health as they discuss groundbreaking concepts, clinical trials, treatments, prevention and practical application.



There is evidence of a high prevalence of distress, anxiety, depression and behavioural disorders in the community. Furthermore with aging, there is a rising incidence of cognitive decline, mild cognitive impairment and dementia, including Alzheimers. Research increasingly indicates the benefits of appropriate and particularly early clinical, diagnostic and lifestyle interventions.

The morning sessions explore groundbreaking research, focusing on the important role of the brain’s fundamental biochemistry such as mitochondrial function, detoxification, oxidative stress, methylation and inflammation, and the interaction of underlying causes such as genetics, nutrition and gut health.

The afternoon workshops and panel discussions will focus on their clinical application.


ACNEM is privileged to have key-note speaker, Professor Felice Jacka, who will be presenting her pioneering research into developing new, evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies for mental disorders, in particular Major Depressive Episodes. This is the first randomized controlled trial to explore diet improvement as an efficacious alternative or adjunct treatment strategy for depression.

Key Note Speakers

Professor Felice Jacka

is President of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR) and the Australian Alliance for the Prevention of Mental Disorders (APMD). Prof Jacka also leads the new Food and Mood Centre at Deakin University, and has pioneered and led a highly innovative program of research that examines how individuals’ diets and other lifestyle behaviours interact with the risk for mental health problems. This research is being carried out with the ultimate goal of developing new, evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies for mental disorders. She is currently leading the first RCT to examine the impact of dietary improvement in patients with major depression – The Smiles Trial – and will be presenting these research findings at the 2017 ACNEM conference!

Dr Felice Gersh

is one of a small number of Board Certified OB/GYN physicians who is also a graduate of the prestigious two year Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine.
Dr Gersh received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine, where she also served for over a dozen years as a clinical assistant professor of OB/GYN.
Dr Gersh has been the recipient of numerous awards, is a renowned international lecturer, a researcher, the author of book chapters and articles on women’s health, has been featured on many web summits, webinars, and podcasts, and is currently writing several books on women’s health.
She is the Medical Director for the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine, California, where she works alongside her team of lifestyle and holistic practitioners.

Professor Ralph Martins

is recognised as a world leader of research into Alzheimer’s disease. As head of the Sir James McCusker Unit for Alzheimer’s Disease Research for over 20 years, and Inaugural Chair for Ageing and Alzheimer’s Disease within the School of Medical and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University, Professor Martins is working to develop an early diagnostic blood test.

Associate Professor Ross Grant

is Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney Medical School, Biochemical Pharmacologist in the School of Medical Sciences, UNSW and CEO of the Australasian Research Institute at Sydney Adventist Hospital. His research is focused on the role of oxidative stress and changes in NAD+ metabolism and how these influence cellular degeneration, particularly in the brain and central nervous system. A related interest is in the effect of exposure to novel nutritional components, such as polyphenols, on human cellular response to oxidative stress, with a goal of detecting and correcting early degenerative biochemical changes associated with age-related degenerative disease.

A/ Professor Grant has published extensively and is on the editorial board of several journals. He is a board member of Nutrition Australia and a member of the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR), Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA), Australian Diseases Management Association (ADMA) and Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association (ALMA).

Professor Michael Berk

is currently a NHMRC Senior Principal research Fellow, and is Alfred Deakin Chair of Psychiatry at Deakin University and Barwon Health, where he heads the IMPACT Strategic Research Centre. He also is an Honorary Professorial Research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry, the Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health and Orygen Youth Health at Melbourne University, as well as in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. He is past president of the International Society for Bipolar disorders and the Australasian Society or Bipolar and Depressive Disorders. He is an ISI highly cited researcher who has published over 800 papers predominantly in mood disorders. His major interests are in the discovery and implementation of novel therapies, and risk factors and prevention of psychiatric disorders. He is the recipient of a number of national and international awards including the Brain and behaviour Foundation Colvin prize, and holds grants from the National Institutes of Health (US), Simon Autism Foundation, NHMRC CRE and project grants, Beyondblue and Stanley Medical Research Institute and is a lead investigator in a Collaborative Research Centre.

Professor Jerome Sarris

is Professor of Integrative Mental Health and the Deputy Director of NICM at UWS. Jerome moved from clinical practice as a Naturopath, Nutritionist, and Acupuncturist to academic work, and completed a doctorate at UQ in the field of psychiatry. He undertook his postdoctoral training at The University of Melbourne, Department of Psychiatry; The Centre for Human Psychopharmacology, Swinburne University of Technology; and The Depression Clinical & Research Program at Harvard Medical School (MGH). He has a particular interest in anxiety and mood disorder research pertaining to nutraceutical psychopharmacology, in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, and psychotropic plant medicine research. Jerome has over 100 publications and is involved in several nutraceutical clinical trials, including three multicentre NHMRC Project Grants. He is a founding Vice Chair of The International Network of Integrative Mental Health & an Executive Committee Member of ISNPR.

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  • RACGP Points Apply
  • ACRRM Points Apply
  • Engaging presentations, case studies and workshops
  • World leading experts in common Mental Health conditions
  • Valuable networking opportunities
  • Practical take home messages

Who should attend

  • General Practitioners
  • Specialists
  • Geriatricians, Psychiatrists, Psychologists
  • Dietitians, Naturopaths, Nutritionists
  • Pharmacists
  • Nurses
  • Academics and Researchers
  • Health Policy Professionals
  • Medical Students


First Early Bird
(until 31 Dec)
Second Early Bird
(01 Dec – 31 Mar)
(after 01 Apr)
Non-Member $795 $895 $995
ACNEM Member $645 $745 $845
ACNEM Student Member $450 $500 $550
Practice Nurse/Manager $450 $500 $550


Conference attendance for the full 2 days of the 2017 ACNEM Conference
RACGP points as applicable (conditions apply)
Printed Conference Proceedings Booklet including power point slides
Delegate bags
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on both days
Networking cocktail hour for Saturday evening, 13th May
Additional tickets for the cocktail event can be purchased for partners or guests

Not Included

Airport Transfers





This year, the ACNEM conference will be held at the beautiful Pullman Albert Park in Melbourne, overlooking the picturesque Albert Park Lake. Located only 2km from the CBD, and in close proximity to St Kilda, Chapel Street and the Botanic Gardens, it is also one of the largest conference and event venues in Melbourne.

Car Parking is available at $16.00 per entry/per 24 hours.

Complimentary Wifi will be provided to all delegates for the for the duration of the conference.


The Pullman Albert Park offers elegant guest rooms and have kindly offered a special rate for ACNEM conference attendees. Please book here.

The Mercure Hotel, immediately adjacent to the Pullman, also offers inviting and comfortable accommodation. They too have offered a special rate to ACNEM conference delegates, please book here.

For over the phone bookings at the Pullman or the Mercure, please call 1800 633 888 and quote ACNEM 2017 Conference.

Many other hotels and accommodation options are available in the CBD, Albert Park and St Kilda areas, please refer to your travel agent for alternative options.


Maximise your brand in front of your target audience

The 2017 ACNEM Conference – Brain Health for Better Life Outcomes – is the key event for practitioners that are passionate about Integrative, Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. We bring together leaders in their fields to share their research knowledge and to collaborate with clinicians who are putting this knowledge into practice.

Sponsorship will give you the opportunity to reach a large, highly targeted audience of over 350 Medical and Allied Health Practitioners in our clinical stream, including General Practitioners, Specialists, Geriatricians, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Dietitians, Naturopaths, Nutritionists, Pharmacists, Nurses and other clinicians and practice owners.

Varying levels of sponsorship packages are available. If you would like to learn more about the exciting opportunities available, please contact

Do not miss this unique eye opening event.


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