Multi-functional health symposium 2019


Program topics & speaker line-up ​​included over the two days: ​​​​​​​​​​





​Meet the symposium speakers

MBBS, FRACGP, MPH & Tropical Medicine, Dip Aviation Med, ACAAM
Cosmetic & Integrative General Practitioner, Educator A5M & ACAAM, Advisory Panel Member A5M​
Sunday workshop: A multi-functional approach to men's health issues
  • Mental health wellness in men - evidence based integrative medicine
  • Challenges in men's health
  • Cases in men's health using an integrative and functional medicine approach

Dr Aparna Hegde is a UWA (1994) graduate who has specialised in General Practice and Aerospace Medicine. Aparna completed her certification in Anti-Ageing Medicine with A5M in 2017 (ACAAM). She has a special interest in Women's Health, she is experienced in the use of bio-identical hormones and supplements to restore normal physiology. Aparna was in the RAAF full time for 11 years and is still in the specialist reserves.​ 

BPh, ABAAHP, ACAAM
Compounding Pharmacist

Saturday workshop: A multi-functional approach to brain and mental health

  • Alzheimer's risk reduction/Dementia
  • Sports and traumatic brain injuries
  • Q&A and case studies panel

Sunday workshop: A multi-functional approach to men's health issues

  • Prostate health management overview


Cheryl is a Compounding Pharmacist and Holistic Pharmacist, who moved to New Zealand from Zimbabwe over 16 years ago, having gained her Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours degree from Rhodes University, South Africa. Cheryl has a passion for creating wellness. Working with clients to get to the root cause of their illness and be the best that they can be. Following my own personal journey with auto immune thyroid disease, toxicities and stress she has moved the focus of her practice to helping others understand and manage their own auto immune journey. Being at the learning front with A5M, ACNEM, A4M, AIMA, MMI, PCCA and IFM for the last 13yrs developing a skill base to shift from disease management to creating wellness with intent. After many years working as Technical Manager and Clinical advisor to one of the leading Compounding Pharmacies in New Zealand, working closely with doctors and patients, Cheryl is now a consulting compounding pharmacist with The Compounding Lab, Brisbane and consulting in New Zealand as The Holistic Pharmacist, where the focus is simply "Creating Wellness". She is excited to be able to follow her passion and offer consultations to clients wanting to find more answers to their health by 'creating wellness'. We are all different, no longer does the 'one fits all' approach apply but rather a customised plan for the individual is required.

BPharm, PCCA, ABAAHP, IFM (Compounding), ACAAM
Senior Compounding Pharmacist, Integrative Medicine Practitioner, Educator A5M & ACAAM, Advisory Panel Member A5M

Saturday workshop: A multi-functional approach to brain and mental health

  • Optimising cognitive health
  • Appetite regulation
  • Infections
  • Q&A and case studies panel

Sunday workshop: A multi-functional approach to men's health issues

  • Sexual dysfunction, reproductive health and hormonal health  
  • Stress management hormone deficiencies


Mary-Lou has practised as a retail and compounding pharmacist since graduating from University of Queensland in 1990. She trained for several years in the USA, where she learnt her passion for compounding. She is truly passionate about bespoke medication and particularly interested in cutting edge research and technology. Her belief is truly about personalised medicine to create wellness. 
To support her interests, she continually attends conferences and loves to learn. She is an Anti-Ageing and Integrative Practitioner, combining nutraceuticals (vitamins and nutrition), hormones and pain management. Mary-Lou has trained with the PCCA focusing on natural hormones and has completed A5M's Anti-Ageing Integrative Medicine course (ACAAM) and the American Board of Anti-Ageing Medicine. She is certified under the American Board of Anti-Ageing Health Practitioners (ABAAHP). 

PhD, BSc BiomedSc, MNutrMed, MSc ClinBioChemNutritional
Biochemist & Nutritionist, Educator A5M & ACAAM, Advisory Panel Member A5M

Saturday workshop: A multi-functional approach to brain and mental health

  • Our brains under attack: "The biochemistry and genetics of brain injury and disease including neurodegeneration, depression and anxiety"
  • Q&A and case studies panel

Sunday workshop: A multi-functional approach to men's health issues

  • The health challenges faced by men throughout life


Dr Rhona Creegan is a Nutritional Biochemist and Registered Nutritionist (NSA) with extensive experience in Clinical biochemistry, Molecular genetics and Nutrition. She has completed a Masters degree in Nutrition Medicine and more recently a PhD which investigated plasma lipid biomarkers in Alzheimer's disease. Her key interests are abnormal lipid metabolism and metabolic dysfunction; key features of chronic disease and ageing. Dr Creegan is a Nutrition Medicine Practitioner, researcher, lecturer and published author.


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