NICM Advisory Board

The NICM Advisory Board provides advice to NICM in the advancement of its objectives and priorities as a significant national body providing leadership and support for strategically directed research into complementary medicine and translation of evidence into clinical practice and relevant policy to the benefit of all Australians.

Professor John Funder has kindly agreed to chair the new Board.   

NICM Advisory Board Terms of Reference (opens in a new window)

He was recently Head of Brand & Communications at Australia's leading natural health company, Blackmores and is currently Chief Executive Officer at Complementary Medicines Australia.

Dr. Deon Schoombie began his career working in various clinical settings from accident and emergency and general practice to psychiatric units in South Africa and London.  

Dr Deon

Professor Kerryn Phelps AM is Adjunct Professor at Sydney University in the Faculty of Medicine in the School of General Practice and Conjoint Professor at the University of New South Wales in the faculty of Kerryn Phelps Public Health and Community Services.

Jane Lyttleton began her studies in science in NZ and then at Guys Hospital in London with doctoral studies in genetics before  applying herself to the study and practice of Chinese medicine (in Australia and China)

Professor Gregory Kolt is the Dean of Science and Health and Professor of Health Science at the University of Western Sydney.

Professor John Funder is a Senior Fellow at Prince Henry's Institute. He joined Prince Henry's Medical Research Centre in 1973 where he went from Senior Research Fellow to Senior Principal Research and Deputy Director.

Prof John Funder

Julie Hamblin is a consultant in the Health Group of HWL Ebsworth. She has more than 20 years experience advising the public and private health sectors on health law, medical negligence, clinical risk, bioethics and public health, as well as providing specialist health regulatory advice.

International Advisor
Professor Gerry Bodeker researches and advises on international public policy on traditional, complementary and alternative medicine. An Australian, whose doctoral studies were at Harvard, he holds cademic appointments at Oxford and at Columbia University in New York.

Prof Gerry Bodeker

Director of NICM
Professor Alan Bensoussan is Director of the Australian National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) at Western Sydney University. He is one of Australia's prominent complementary medicine researchers with a focus on Chinese medicine research and clinical practice spanning 25 years.