Can integrative medicine help people living with dementia?

Integrative medicine is a philosophy of healthcare with a focus on individual patient care. It combines the best of conventional western medicine with evidence-based complementary medicine and therapies within current mainstream medical practice.

It is estimated that nearly 70% of Australians use complementary medicine, and 42% do so to prevent or manage chronic conditions identified as national health priorities. There is growing evidence that complementary medicine can make a significant, cost-effective contribution to chronic (non-communicable) diseases, but there is a need to strengthen this evidence and identify and utilise validated interventions.

Australia’s National Institute of Complementary Medicine at Western Sydney University is hosting an upcoming Symposium on Integrative Medicine for Neurocognition and Dementia. The Symposium will bring together leading researchers, clinicians, and industry groups from Australia and China to discuss issues relating to Integrative Medicine Research and Integrative Care for dementia, cognitive difficulties and associated mental health issues.

The Symposium will be of particular interest to people with a professional interest in Integrative Medicine for Neurocognition and Dementia, including researchers, clinicians and industry partners. Its findings will also be of great interest to family members of people living with Dementia.

Keynote speakers for this event include Professor John McCallum, Director of the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research, Professor Henry Brodaty, Director of the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre and Co-Director of the Centre for Health Brain Ageing, UNSW and Professor Boli Zhang, President of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, China.

When: 8:30am-6:30pm on Tuesday 1st December
Where: ParkRoyal, Darling Harbour
Cost: Full registration $132, student registration $55

About the author
Dr Genevieve Steiner is researching the effects of complementary medicines on the neural activity and cognitive function in people living with dementia.