Presentation #1

A Case of Blastocystis Infection - Or is it?

 

Case Study (45 min)

Many patients present with gastrointestinal signs and symptoms. When tested, many patients have Blastocystis present in their gastrointestinal tract. When the two coincide – i.e., the presence of both GI symptoms and Blastocystis in the stools – does it necessarily follow that Blastocystis is the cause of those symptoms. In this Case Study, Jason will explore the Blastocystis literature; particularly in relation to its potential pathogenicity. He will also cover considerations around diagnostic closure and the consequences of potentially inappropriate treatment.

Presentation #2

Your CPE - What’s Ethics Got to Do With It?

Plenary (1hr)

For Australian naturopaths, continuing professional education is most often provided by companies who either supply supplements or services to us. Not dissimilar to our medical colleagues, this presents an inherent conundrum with the risk of bias - from its most simple form: cherry picking research to favourably showcase a product or ingredient without providing a balanced account of the evidence, to its most sinister: manipulation or concealment of less favourable data. How can the astute practitioner glean valuable information and education from a biased presentation?

In this presentation, Rachel, Jason, and Nirala explore how the practitioner may be influenced by subtle and not-so-subtle marketing, disguised as education and ask the question: “Can companies with a commercial interest,  provide ethical and fair education that’s worthy of our CPE”?

Presentation #1

A Case of Blastocystis Infection - Or is it?

Case Study (45 min)

Many patients present with gastrointestinal signs and symptoms. When tested, many patients have Blastocystis present in their gastrointestinal tract. When the two coincide – i.e., the presence of both GI symptoms and Blastocystis in the stools – does it necessarily follow that Blastocystis is the cause of those symptoms. In such cases, when do we consider the cause of the symptoms to have been found? Do we recommend further investigations to assess other diagnostic considerations? In this Case Study, Jason will explore the Blastocystis literature; particularly in relation to its potential pathogenicity. He will also cover considerations around premature diagnostic closure and the consequences of potentially inappropriate treatment.

Presentation #2

Your CPE - What’s Ethics Got to Do With It?

Plenary (1hr)

For Australian naturopaths, continuing professional education is most often provided by companies who either supply supplements or services to us. Not dissimilar to our medical colleagues, this presents us as a profession an inherent conundrum with the risk of bias - from its most simple form: cherry picking research to favourably showcase a product or ingredient without really providing a balanced account of the evidence, to its most sinister: manipulation or concealment of less favourable data.

In this presentation, Rachel, Jason, and Nirala explore how the practitioner may be influenced by subtle and not-so-subtle marketing, disguised as education, and ask the question: “Can companies with a commercial interest,  provide ethical and fair education that’s worthy of our CPE” ? Should the bar be raised?  How can the astute practitioner glean valuable information and education from a biased presentation? Should they even try?

This dynamic and fearless team of speakers aims to myth-bust, shatter illusions, and talk frankly about the serious topic of our continuing education

Dr Jason Hawrelak is a research scientist, educator, naturopath and Western herbalist with more than 18 years’ clinical experience. Jason practices at Goulds Natural Medicine, a 137-year-old natural medicine apothecary and clinic located in central Hobart. He did his PhD examining the capacity of probiotics, prebiotics and herbal medicines to modify the GIT microbiota and has written extensively in Australian and International textbooks and journals on these topics. He is on the Medical Nutrition Council of the American Society for Nutrition and is a Fellow of both the American College of Nutrition and the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia. Jason is currently the Senior Lecturer in Complementary and Alternative Medicines at the University of Tasmania’s School of Medicine (Hobart, Tasmania), where he coordinates the Evidence-based Complementary Medicine programs. He also teaches natural approaches to Gastroenterology within the University of Western States Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine program (Portland, Oregon).