The Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine is pleased to offer a series of public nutritional medicine education lectures – MedEd 4 Everyone.

In this program, ‘Beat Stress, Feel Better’, our presenters will explain the health effects that stress has, whether it be long-term chronic stress, or the day-to-day pressure that we are all under.  Our presenters will discuss the ‘Go To’ foods we reach for when we feel stressed, like coffee, sugar and alcohol and provide some good alternative options.  You will hear from a Gastroenterologist as he explains how stress is linked with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and from an Integrative Psychiatrist on achieving emotional wellbeing without the need for medication. This event will wrap up with a mindfulness session with our Counsellor and Clinical Hypnotherapist. After each speaker, there will be time for questions from the audience.

Join us for ‘MedEd 4 Everyone’ and gain insight into how to manage your health better through busy times, and boost your overall health.

Our Speakers

Dr Shamistra Barathan is an ACNEM accredited integrative medical practitioner, who is able to understand both sides of the health coin, that is, mainstream medicine and holistic therapies. Dr Shami is able to blend the best of both worlds to assist her patients achieve work-life balance and support them to feel informed and empowered to make the right choices about their health and wellbeing.

Dr Anil Asthana is an accredited specialist in all fields of gastroenterology and liver disease, and one of the first physicians in Australia to perform intestinal ultrasound for the diagnosis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and other common conditions. He is widely published and an experienced presenter on this topic, both nationally and internationally.

Dr Karan Sinha is a compassionate Psychiatrist who is a leader and advocate in his field for the holistic approach to mental wellbeing. He balances his Eastern and Western values to inspire his patients to adopt scientifically proven practices of guided meditation, self-compassion and exercise to assist in their recovery.

Jessica Singh, Dietician, has seen the enormous benefits of nutrition through her own personal health journey and in her patients. She is a lifelong learner and enjoys teaching others about the benefits of eating a healthy diet through her empathic, fun and motivational consulting style. Her approach involves the utilisation of whole, unprocessed foods, advocating prescriptive diets backed by solid research to assist with common health conditions.

Sue Jones combines her years of life and professional experience in working with patients to improve their emotional wellbeing through self-development. She believes that good physical and mental health, along with healthy connections with others are the way to heal your life.

The MC for the afternoon will be Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos AM – author, ACNEM Fellow and respected general practitioner with over 30 years of clinical experience who combines the best of orthodox and integrative medicine such as acupuncture, hypnosis and nutritional medicine.

For further information on our speakers, click here.


5 minutes Welcome by MC – Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos AM
30 minutes The physiology of stress and it’s impact on health and well being – Dr Shamistra Barathan, Integrative GP
5 minutes Q&A
30 minutes Irritable Bowel Syndrome – tip of the iceberg – Dr Anil Asthana, Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist
5 minutes Q&A
20 minutes Emotional wellbeing – more than just a pill – Dr Karan Sinha, Consultant Psychiatrist
5 minutes Q&A
20 minutes Break – Tea, Coffee and refreshments available
20 minutes The role of food; stress eating and helpful strategies Jessica Singh, Dietician
5 minutes Q&A
20 minutes Mindfulness and strategies to manage stressSue Jones, Counsellor and Clinical Hypnotherapist
5 minutes Q&A
10 minutes Session wrap up by MC


Tickets are now available to book online.

$50 full price

$45 concession


Please note:

  • Tickets can be printed out or shown to event staff on your mobile device.
  • We do not hold tickets without payment being made.
  • Seating is general admission.
  • We cannot guarantee refunds or exchanges once tickets are purchased.
  • Appropriate evidence of eligibility may be required when booking tickets at concession prices. Concession price is available to holders of Seniors Card, Pension Card, Health Care Card, University students, anyone under 17 years. Please bring proof of concession with you to the event.
  • Our full terms and conditions for purchasing tickets online can be read here.


AMREP Education Centre Lecture Theatre
The Alfred
89 Commercial Road
Melbourne 3004

Parking at the Venue

Car parking is available at the venue for $10.00. The visitor car park is accessible from Centre Lane, an internal roadway, which runs off Commercial Road and is located between The Alfred Centre and The Burnet tower. Traffic approaching along Commercial Road, from either direction, can turn into Centre Lane.
Some metered street parking is also available in the surrounding streets.

Public Transport information

Tram 72 and Buses 216, 219 and 220 travel along Commercial Road.
Bus 246 travels along Punt Road.
Trams 3, 5, 6, 16, 64 and 67 travel along St Kilda Road.

Prahran (Sandringham line) is the nearest train station and this is approx. 500metres away in Greville Street.


The AMREP Education Centre Lecture Theatre at The Alfred is user friendly for people with a disability and is wheelchair accessible. The venue provides toilet facilities that cater for disability and wheelchair access.

The venue has seating spaces dedicated to patrons using a wheelchair. These spaces need to be pre-booked, so please inform us of your requirements when making a booking.

Walking frames and other walking aides are not to remain in the auditorium during the session. However, they are permitted in the auditorium for use by patrons accessing their seat. Our team will be able to store the walking aide nearby, returning it to the patron at interval and at the conclusion of the event.

Contact Us

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact ACNEM via or 03 9583 1320