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Hyonna Kang is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and the foremost practitioner in Australia of Korean Eight Constitutional Medicine. Her passion is to help her patients with restoring equilibrium based on their constitutional characteristics and preventing illness in the long-term.
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Dr Cheryl McRae is the current Branch Head of Complementary and Over-the-counter Medicines at the Therapeutic Goods Administration. She is responsible for regulating over the counter medicines as well as complementary medicines, which include traditional and herbal medicines, and vitamin and mineral supplements.

Martine Negro has been an acupuncturist and member of AACMA for over thirty years. She is the co-founder of the Energetic Diploma at Nature Care College Sydney (1998) and senior trainer in various topics related to energetic well-being.
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Dr McDonald is an Adjunct Senior-Lecturer in the School of Medicine at Griffith University (where he conducted his PhD research into the immunological effects of acupuncture in allergic rhinitis). Dr McDonald co-authored The Acupuncture Evidence Project.
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Dr Shulan Yang studied TCM in China and got Bachelor degree in Hebei University, Master degree in Heilongjiang University and PhD in Guangzhou university of TCM. She has been studing TCM with her father since young. She is interested in the research of children conditions, women conditions and some internal medicine disorders.
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David Hartmann has been an Acupuncturist for over 20 years graduating from the Australian College of Natural Medicine (now Endeavour) in 1996; David also completed a ‘Master of Acupuncture’ in 2009.
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Ronnie began practicing in 1993 (after completing an advanced dip in Shiatsu therapy). He also commenced studying for his Acupuncture degree the same year (at UTS) and completed his degree in 1997.
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Elsa has worked in association with Medical Specialists since graduation in 2013. Initially her career was aligned with fertility and IVF clinics. She currently holds the position of in-house Acupuncturist at a Physician directed multidisciplinary pain specialist clinic in Canberra.

As a Registered Nurse, Laura has always been passionate about moving the profession towards integration in whatever capacity she can influence. She works in a Private Emergency department where the Emergency Consultants are supportive of referring some conditions for Acupuncture.
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Mr Jim O’Dempsey has worked in regulation of health practitioners for over 25 years. In 1993 he established the Queensland Nursing Council and led that regulatory authority until 2001 when he took up the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Office of Health Practitioner Boards which provided support to 13 health professional regulatory authorities including the Medical Board of Queensland.
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Dr David Graham: Dr Graham has qualifications in pharmacy and pharmacology. He has managed major health and welfare programs in the Federal Government, including being the national manager of the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
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Distinguished Professor Charlie C Xue has been Chair of the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia since its inception in 2011. He is the Executive Dean Health and Biomedical Sciences at RMIT. Prof Xue is an accomplished academic in teaching and research with a focus on evidence-based medicine. He has been a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel since 2007.

Dr Louis Gordon graduated with a Bachelor degree from the Brisbane College of Traditional Acupuncture as a Chinese Medicine Practitioner (Acupuncturist) in 1981. Louis has worked in Scientific Laboratories for 35 years, and is intrigued by the San Jiao’s mystique.
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Robin is the President of Acupuncture New Zealand and an Executive Committee member of the World Federation of Acupuncture- Moxibustion Societies. She has a background in nursing and counselling and has worked extensively in women’s health and sexual assault services.
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Paddy McBride has been an acupuncturist and practitioner of Chinese medicine for 30 years. Paddy was the President of Acupuncture NZ for eight years (2007-2015) and Vice President of the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibistion (WFAS) from 2009-2017.
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Originally from Portugal, Sandro Graca is a graduate of the Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine and part of the team of acupuncturists working at Sims IVF – the biggest fertility and IVF clinic in Dublin, Ireland.
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Eeka King has been a practicing Doctor of Chinese Medicine for over 15 years. She is the owner/manager and practitioner at a busy Chinese Medicine practice in Brunswick Heads (Northern NSW) since 2009.
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Raf Nathan completed his degree in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in 2005 at the Australian College of Natural Medicine. Two study trips to Nanning, China completed his early training.
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Tyler graduated Victoria University with Bachelor Degrees in Acupuncture (1997) and Chinese Herbs (1999). In 2009 he began studies with Arnaud Versluys (Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine – ICEAM) graduating a Diplomate of Canonical Chinese Medicine in 2013. Tyler has been studying with David White (Institute of Neijing Research – INR) since 2015.
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Michael Brown, translator of the Qing dynasty text ‘Explanations of Channels and Points (Volume 1),’ has practised Chinese Medicine for the last 10 years. Michael is committed to restoring the lost context of Chinese medicine by endorsing a source-based learning approach.

Mandy has been in practice for 16 years. She trained in Perth and completed an internship in Hang Zhou, China. Mandy’s passion for making TCM accessible to rural communities saw her establish a clinic service in both Katherine & Kununurra, NT.
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Peta’s background was in hospitality and massage therapy before discovering her path in acupuncture and TCM. She graduated from ACNM, now Endeavour College, in Brisbane and completed a post-graduate certificate in Japanese acupuncture (Manaka Protocols).
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Having studied TaiJi in Nanjing China and Acupuncture in Tokyo Japan, Greg has practiced & taught Qigong Acupuncture for over 20 years. Translating the Acupuncture classics himself, he has authored ‘Awaken Qi Within’.
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Jimmy has 24 years experience in the Martial Arts with 14 in the field of TCM. He runs the Chinese Health Institute in Sydney which offers TCM services as well as Martial Arts tuition. He has several published books and is involved in the TCM tertiary education field. Regardless of activity he always adheres to the creed – Balance the Body, Educate the Mind, Nourish the Spirit.

Felip has been in practice as a physiotherapist and acupuncturist since 1999. Specialized in Japanese moxibustion, he is recognized as the fourth in the lineage of Fukaya Style of Moxibustion, a renowned Japanese moxibustion style recognised for it’s powerful and rapidly effective results in treating the root cause of acute and chronic illnesses.
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Dr Byeongsang Oh is an Associate Professor, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, a member of the Natural Therapies Review Expert Advisory Panel, Ministry of Health, Australian Government, Society for Integrative Oncology, the AACMA and AHPRA.
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Mr Jianguo Feng attained his Phd degree in Shanghai University of TCM in 1989. He has been a practioner of TCM in Victoria since 1992.

Dr Johannah Shergis is a Research Fellow at RMIT University with an interest in Chinese herbal medicine for respiratory and sleep disorders. She obtained her PhD in 2013 and has over 20 peer-reviewed publications.
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Kirsten Baker graduated with an advanced diploma in acupuncture in 1995, completed her bachelor qualification in 2000 and in 2019 graduated with honours after completing an original research project on her work implementing an acupuncture service within a community health clinic servicing marginalised and disadvantaged populations.
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Mary-Jo Bevin has been practicing Chinese medicine in Melbourne for the past 15 years. Her continued studies, combined with her background in research science, have given Mary-Jo a deep understanding of Chinese herbal gynaecology that she continues to develop through clinical practice.
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Stephen Janz is a former president of the AACMA and former member of the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia. Stephen has been in full time clinical practice for 30 years and has an interest in both clinical and professional issues.
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Clare Pyers has a passion for natural medicine that began in the 1990s with her own journey to remedy her own health. Clare has a background in Chemical Engineering, and is also a yoga teacher.
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Grace Jones is a full-time acupuncturist with a clinic based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. She has spent the last 6 years honing her skills in women’s health, fertility and pregnancy care, which has become her passion within Chinese Medicine.
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Lorne Brown B.Sc., CPA, Dr.TCM, FABORM, CHt, CLT is the Clinical Director of Acubalance Wellness Centre (Vancouver BC Canada), and the Founder of Healthy Seminars and the chair of the Integrative Fertility Symposium.
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Dr. Poney Chiang is an adjunct professor and founder of the Integrative Acupuncture Program for York University (Toronto) and a professor at the Neuro-Acupuncture Institute in Santa Fe. He is an expert in neuro-anatomy of acupoints and teaches workshops internationally.
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Dr. Debra Betts is the author of “The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth” published in 2006 and subsequently translated into German and French. With a nursing background she completed her acupuncture training in London in 1989.
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