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Key learning outcomes:

  • An understanding of anxiety and depression within a holistic framework of assessment and management
  • Understand the physical, mental and emotional consequences of living with a mood disorder
  • Appreciate the role of the HPA axis as a neurobiological mediator of immune and neuro-inflammatory drivers
  • Understand the role of blood-brain-barrier permeability in depression and anxiety
  • The clinical implications of gut-brain-immune interactions
  • The safe prescription of natural medicine ingredients alongside common pharmacotherapies
  • Identify depression and anxiety phenotypes, and the treatments best suited to each
  • Overcoming “treatment-resistant” depression


Seminar synopsis: 

The term depression is used in many different ways to describe transient and mild conditions of low mood experienced by most people at varying times in their lifetime, through to severe psychiatric disorders. Worldwide, 1 in 17 individuals will experience a depressive episode over a 12 month period. Depression significantly affects both the physical health and the quality of life of affected individuals.  Up to 80% of depressed people have some form of impairment in their daily functioning, causing a significant personal, relational and economic burden. Sadly, in many cases, major depressive disorder is fatal.

Conventional pharmacotherapies have a high failure rate, perhaps due to a relentless focus on the monoamine hypothesis of depression over the last several decades, yet depression is known to have multiple underlying pathophysiological mechanisms driven by, genetic, environmental, immunologic, and endocrine factors as well as alternations to monoamine transmission and neurogenesis. It is now thought that these multiple disease processes are linked together causing a constellation of signs and symptoms which together depict depression. 

Increasing evidence implicates maladaptive innate and adaptive immune responses in the pathophysiology of depression, especially treatment-resistant depression and ‘anxious depression’. In addition, ‘pure’ anxiety is associated with increased activation of immune-inflammatory and oxidative stress pathways, which contribute to disease onset and severity. Inflammation appears to be both a cause and consequence of depression and anxiety, and targeting specific inflammatory pathways holds significant promise in the treatment and management of numerous mood disorders.

A holistic understanding of the drivers of mood disorders is necessary to inform the most appropriate treatment strategies. Armed with the latest scientific understanding, natural health practitioners are well placed to support patients burdened with depression and/or anxiety. The principles of treat the whole person and identify the underlying causes, inherent to naturopathic medicine, lays the necessary foundations needed for the effective treatment and resolution of mood disorders.

In this seminar, practitioners will be brought up to date on the latest understanding of depression and anxiety within the field of psycho-neuro-immunology. Practical clinical examples will reinforce the theoretical backdrop, providing treatment strategies which can be immediately integrated into your clinical practice.

About our presenter:

Samuel Peters BHSc (Naturopathy)

Samuel is the Education and Technical Manager at Biomedica, leading a growing and dedicated team of practitioners and researchers in the delivery of high quality educational material and technical support.

Samuel is a degree-qualified naturopath who brings both clinical practice and post-graduate research experience to his role in education and practitioner technical support. Samuel has lectured nationally to a broad cross section of the healthcare industry, contributed nutrition and naturopathic articles to a variety of publications and has been a guest speaker at industry events. Samuel has always focused on taking a balanced view of healthcare, evaluating health trends for their clinical relevance and scientific rigour. His passion is assisting practitioners to stay abreast of the latest research to facilitate the delivery of optimal health outcomes.


Event details:

Location Date & time
(Please arrive 30 minutes prior for registration)
Western Australia
Bunbury (Bookings Closed) Tuesday 13 August, 4.00pm–6.00pm Mercure Bunbury Sanctuary Golf Resort
Perth (Sold Out) Wednesday 14 August, 6.30pm–8.30pm Pagoda Resort & Spa
New Zealand
Auckland (Sold Out) Thursday 22 August, 6.30pm–8.30pm Novotel Auckland Ellerslie
Sunshine Coast (Bookings Closed) Tuesday 27 August, 6.30pm–8.30pm Novotel Twin Waters 
Brisbane (Sold Out) Wednesday 28 August, 6.30pm–8.30pm Hotel Grand Chancellor 
Gold Coast (Sold Out) Thursday 29 August, 6.30pm–8.30pm Mercure Gold Coast 
New South Wales
Newcastle (Sold Out) Tuesday 3 September, 6.30pm–8.30pm Quality Hotel NOAH's on the Beach 
Forresters Beach (Sold Out) Wednesday 4 September, 6.30pm–8.30pm Forresters Beach Resort 
Parramatta (Bookings Closed) Tuesday 10 September, 6.30pm–8.30pm Mantra Parramatta 
Sydney CBD (Sold Out) Wednesday 11 September, 6.30pm–8.30pm SMC Conference & Function Centre
Australian Capital Territory
Canberra (Sold Out) Thursday 12 September, 4.00pm–6.00pm Hyatt Hotel Canberra
Mornington (Bookings Closed) Tuesday 17 September, 6.30pm–8.30pm Brooklands of Mornington
Richmond (Sold Out) Wednesday 18 September, 6.30pm–8.30pm Amora Hotel Riverwalk
South Australia
Adelaide (Sold Out) Thursday 19 September, 6.30pm–8.30pm Stamford Plaza Adelaide

Your investment includes:

$35 (ex. GST) includes 2 hour seminar with light refreshments on arrival, seminar notes booklet, clinically relevant handouts, exclusive seminar product specials, certificate of attendance, and seminar recording emailed post-event. 

To secure your place:

Australian practitioners and students

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Non-clinic students

If you are a non-clinic student and would like to attend this event please contact us on 1300 884 702 or (02) 8339 0539, or email orders@biomedica.com.au to facilitate payment.