Developments and Opportunities in Nutritional and Integrative Medicine in Australia – The Healthiest You Series

27 Jul 2020

ACBC Victoria is excited to bring you the third of our web sessions focussed on your health and cross-border medical collaboration and opportunities.

As COVID-19 and related restrictions continue to impact our daily lives, ACBC Vic welcomes leading Chinese Medicine expert, Professor Kylie O’Brien and American businessman,  environmentalist and medicinal cannabis proponent, John Easterling, for an online masterclass in Integrative Medicine – healing-oriented medicine taking account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle.

Integrative medicine has an increasingly important role to play in healthcare worldwide. China, having one of the world’s oldest medical systems still in use today, has evolved over thousands of years and practitioners use various mind and body practices (such as acupuncture and tai chi) as well as herbal products to address health problems.

Drawing on her 15+ years of experience with Chinese Medicine covering government policy, private business and education, Kylie will address the importance of an integrative approach to health. She will speak to new developments in the herbal medicine industry in Australia, including the increasing use of Chinese medicine.

John Easterling will Zoom in from the USA to speak with us.  He will draw on his expertise to share research and education into nutritional medicine and provide insights into his work on medicinal cannabis.

Topics covered in this session include:

  • Developments, opportunities and education in nutritional and Integrative Medicine in Australia.
  • Relevance of herbals, botanicals and Chinese medicine in today’s healthcare.
  • Exciting new development in the herbal medicine industry in Australia and including medicinal cannabis.


During this COVID-19 period, it is important to look after your health. In ‘The Healthiest You’ series, Australian health and medical experts will address prevalent healthcare issues affecting our society and provide valuable advice on how to improve lives through preventative measures, adoption of healthier lifestyles and give advice on where to seek help in the health system.

Proudly supported by Swisse, this collaboration between the Australia China Business Council Victoria (ACBC Vic) and the Australia China Health Accelerator (ACHA) brings you a series of webinars to promote healthier living and holistic approaches to health, leveraging Victoria’s excellence in the health sector and medical research.


Professor Kylie O’Brien – Director of Education, Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM), Director of Research & Education, The Australasian College of Cannabinoid Medicine, and Adjunct Professor at Torrens University

Professor O’Brien is a member of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies’ Standardisation Committee, a member of the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency’s (TEQSA) Expert Panel and Statutory Member of the TGA’s Advisory Committee on Complementary Medicines.

Originally trained as an optometrist, Kylie’s career changed to Chinese Medicine (CM) in the late 1990’s. She has been involved in CM education for over 15 years as well as working for the Department of Human Services on the implementation of the (then) Victorian Chinese Medicine Act 2000.

Kylie has been responsible for the development of three CM Masters degree curricula in both Western Sydney University and RMIT University, and remains an active researcher, supervising postgraduate students. Research has included investigations into the efficacy of Chinese herbal medicines on cardiovascular risk factors and osteoarthritis of the knee. She also conducted the world’s first comprehensive investigation into the reliability of the CM diagnostic system and the first research into the physiological effect of Toyohari Meridian Therapy (acupuncture) on physiological cardiovascular variables.

John Easterling – CEO and Chairman, Amazon Herb Company

John Easterling is an American businessman and environmentalist. He is also known as the husband of singer/songwriter and actress Olivia Newton-John.

Mr. Easterling co-founded Amazon Herb Company to develop and market healing remedies that rely on the plants of the rainforest on a socially responsible basis. In 2019, Amazon Herb Company entered into a partnership with United Cannabis Corporation to create and produce formulations that combine the health benefits of cannabinoids with botanicals from the Amazonian Rainforest.

Through his work, he strives to achieve the vision of employing eco-commerce as the solution for rainforest sustainability, better health for all, and wealth generation. An eco-entrepreneur and visionary leader, Easterling speaks on how new-age entrepreneurs are ushering in a new era of health and success.

He received a degree in environmental studies from the University of North Carolina. A recipient of the SAFE Water Award, Easterling is a role model for young businesspeople.

We welcome all to join the launch of this impactful new series exploring opportunities for collaboration and building on already strong health and medical research links between Victoria and China. 

Consumer demand in China remains strong in the healthcare sector, and Australia’s experience, skills and networks, through the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) signed in 2015, mean there are practical pathways for Australian companies to develop and commercialise opportunities.

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Event Details

Date: Tuesday 8 September 2020

Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm AEST

Format: Zoom Webinar, Presentation, Q&A

Cost: Free for ACBC Members and $35 General Admission (+GST +Online Booking Fee)

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