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Can Modern Medicine Integrate with Alternative Health?

Avi Ratnanesan:          Hello and kia ora, as they say in New Zealand.  I’m Dr. Avi and today I’m here to answer a very, very important question and that is, can modern medicine and the alternative health system as well as the wellness industry all work together to deliver better global health and well-being for you?

I’m very happy to say that the answer is yes, because in December of 2013 we brought together about 25 of the top health and wellness leaders from across Australia and New Zealand with international connections.  We work together to brainstorm how we can bring together modern medicine, the alternative health industry as well as the wellness industry, which includes fitness instructors, physical training, et cetera to develop the best health and wellness outcomes for the broader population.

What was really amazing, we found more in common than we found different amongst all of us.  What was really true from those workshops, which included CEOs of major research foundations, doctors from modern medicine, alternative health practitioners, people who run wellness organizations, it was a really broad spectrum of health and wellness leaders.  What was really amazing was that we actually came up with some very, very concrete objectives or concrete initiatives in order to drive this forward.

The workshops that we have really revealed some other top health and wellness challenges that are currently happening in the industry for people, but very, very fortunately in this workshop we also manage to come up with some of the best solutions in order to tackle this problem at a major level.  5 major initiatives came out from these series of workshops and I’d like to share them with you right now.

The first couple was around the fact that in order to develop a better healthcare system and in order to develop better integration between the alternative health, modern medicine and the wellness industry, which we’re calling integrated health, in order develop better integrated health, we really need to do a couple of things and one of those things is we need to focus on how we communicate with governments.  It was really interesting because governments obviously provide the reimbursement.  Governments obviously support initiatives that deliver better health outcomes and it was really important for all of us to coordinate how we actually communicate with government.

The second initiative that came out of that was around developing a global network.  There’s a lot of practitioners, a lot of specialists around the world that are currently working in the space of integrated medicine and they do it very well.  They realize that the best health and wellness comes from delivering health and wellness from the level of mind, body, and soul.  They’re actually currently delivering in their own organizations and this is happening all over the world, but there really isn’t a global network for this.

In terms of communicating with government and also bringing together a global network, particularly in the space of Austral-Asia.  I would like to very much thank, Genevieve Gilmore, who is now the CEO of the Australian Integrative Medicine Association for leading these initiatives in our region.  Genevieve is now a real powerhouse CEO who is now leading the Australian Integrative Medicine Association and she is actually taking on board some of these initiatives as part of her job description which is absolutely fantastic.

That’s the first couple of initiatives that came out of this global collaboration in health and wellness.  The second couple of initiatives came around the ideas that we really need to share and aggregate a lot of resources in an online platform in the space of integrated health and medicine.  We also found that we need to better collaborate in terms of the events and conferences that we’re currently producing in the integrated health space.

I’m very glad to say that Leslie Embersits, who is the CEO of the MINDD Foundation has decided to take on board these initiatives because they’re very much part of MINDD’s agenda and they’re already doing it at a very, very great level.  Leslie is coordinating all the collaborators that want to work in the space of aggregating online and aggregating conferences in the space of integrated health and medicine.  Congratulations Leslie for taking on board and responsibility.

The third initiative that’s really come out of these discussions is really the Health Leaders Mastermind.  The Health Leaders Mastermind is something that I’m coordinating under the banner of Energesse.  The Health Leaders Mastermind is really helping the economic and business side of integrated health practitioners that is doctors, allied health, alternative health as well as the wellness industry practice in order to grow themselves economically, so grow the organization from business level.

When they grow at a business level, they also can serve a broader number of people.  It was really interesting with the groups or the attendees that came to these workshops.  We had CEOs of health food, CEOs of the fitness industry, where there are great diaspora of the health and wellness industry and allow them realize that in order for us to bring our work and to share with broader people we also need to grow as our business is.  So the Health Leaders Mastermind is very much focused on that side of developing the health and wellness industry.

Those were the three major objectives or initiatives that came out when the 3 main leaders are taking on board these initiatives.  As I said, a lot more people were involved and we’re looking for more and more collaborators as well.

If you are interested in any of these initiatives, feel free to contact me in my website at and I’ll answer to you in person.  Additionally, we can also feel free to subscribe to my blogs as we will keep you updated on an ongoing basis on where these initiatives are going, what projects are being developed and where we are doing our next few activities.

Thank you very much for listening.  Hope to hear from you soon and all the best from me.  I’m Dr. Avi, bye for now.

About the Author: Dr Avnesh Ratnanesan

Dr Avi is a medical doctor with broad healthcare sector experience including hospitals, biotech, pharmaceuticals and the wellness industry. He is a leading expert who coaches and consults to senior executives, entrepreneurs, practitioners, organisations and governments.