This page is for medical or health practitioners interested in learning more about and/or training in integrated medicine.
Both ACNEM and A5M are training organisations. AIMA is a collegial organisation that provides local meetings and a yearly conference.
All the organisations mentioned here qualify for CME points with RNZCGP.
The Australasian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) Inc. defines and explains Nutritional and Environmental Medicine as:
“Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (NEM) is concerned with the interaction of nutritional and environmental factors with human biochemistry and the resulting physiological and psychological symptoms and pathology. Nutritional deficiencies or imbalance or the presence of environmental toxins in the body can result in cellular dysfunction, illness or disease.
Treatment is aimed at correcting underlying causes as well as providing symptomatic relief. This may involve removal/addition of foods in the diet or toxins from the patient’s environment, or prescription of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, trace elements and essential fatty acids where diet and lifestyle alone cannot rectify physiological imbalances. NEM draws on the latest biomedical science, research and clinical application to develop new treatment approaches to illness and disease, for primary prevention and to promote optimal health and wellbeing.”
NEM is essentially the evidence based clinical application of nutritional and environmental biochemistry and physiology, therefore central to medical practice.
THE AUSTRALASIAN ACADEMY OF ANTI-AGEING MEDICINE
The Australasian Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine (A5M) is dedicated to advancing longevity science, medicine and technology to detect, prevent, and treat ageing-related diseases and to promote research into methods to slow the human ageing process and promote wellness into older age.
A5M is part of a global group headed by the World Anti-Aging Academy of Medicine (WAAAM) and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), a member-based organization with over 20,000 physician and scientist members worldwide.
The Australasian Integrated Medical Association's definition:
“The term Integrative Medicine refers to the blending of conventional and natural/complementary medicines and/or therapies along with lifestyle interventions and a holistic approach – taking into account the physical, psychological, social and spiritual wellbeing of the person – with the aim of using the most appropriate, safe and evidence-based modality(ies) available.”
To join the New Zealand branch of AIMA, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monthly educational meetings are held in Auckland and qualify for CME points and as a GP peer group.
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