Available courses

The ACNEM public lectures are a series of free lectures on a range of topics relating to Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (NEM). They are held at venues around Australia and New Zealand on a regular basis and added to this online collection from time to time. There is also a free sample lecture from the Primary Course - the first hour of the 2-hour Introduction to NEM lecture, presented by Dr Matt Shelton. We hope you will enjoy this free content with our compliments.

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ACNEM Education provides postgraduate training in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (NEM) for doctors and other healthcare practitioners. They are nested, meaning that you begin with the Certification in NEM Part 1, followed by the Certification in NEM Part 2. A Fellowship in NEM is also available to practising doctors and dentists.
This is the ACNEM members-only lecture series. These lectures have been carefully selected on topics of interest to members from ACNEM Online Learning.

You can access these lectures directly from a link in the member section of the ACNEM website at www.acnem.org/members using your member's login details.
Primary Module 1 is ACNEM’s starting point and a core requirement for all education. This module contains 15 hours of lectures which cover the latest biomedical science and research as well as practical tools for implementation in clinical practice. This foundational module contains topics such as gastrointestinal conditions, nutritional biochemistry, micronutrients, low stress diet, allergy, mental health, cardiovascular disease and metabolic health. The course is designed and delivered by the ACNEM faculty as well as specialists, and is suitable for GP’s, registrars, specialists and other healthcare professionals. The aim of this foundational module is to give you an introduction to nutritional and environmental medicine and its application in general practice to core systems of the body.
Primary Module 2 completes ACNEM’s Primary Module and makes up ACNEM’s starting point and a core requirement for all education. The module contains 15 hours of lectures which cover the latest biomedical science and research as well as practical tools for implementation in clinical practice. These foundational modules include topics such as childhood conditions, metabolic syndrome, migraines and headaches, men’s health, arthritis, heavy metal toxicity, cancer, thyroid and adrenal disease and women’s health. The course is designed and delivered by ACNEM trained GPs, as well as specialists and guest speakers. The aim of this foundational module is to give you an introduction to nutritional and environmental medicine and its application in general practice to core systems of the body.

NEW MODULE - available March 2018

We are under the constant influence of thousands of chemicals, ubiquitous in our every day lives: from pesticides and preservatives in our foods, chemicals in plastics and packaging, cosmetics and toiletries, to fumes from traffic and even our home furnishings.

Topics covered include mould, biotoxins, CIRS (chronic inflammatory response syndrome), endocrine disrupting chemicals, heavy metal toxicity, and the case of the sensitive patient.You will learn practical, clinically relevant skills, such as protocol development for identification, testing and treatment of specific environmental exposure.

"This module has certainly been successful at helping me discover new tools for testing, diagnose and manage a large array of toxic exposures, such as heavy metals, chemicals, biotoxins and EMFs". Dr D.P. (GP) Western Australia.
This updated module focuses on new advances in thyroid and adrenal gland health and disease. Presentations include current, evidence-based information, discussing nutritional and environmental medicine approaches to address commonly seen thyroid and adrenal conditions. Our specialist practitioners offer strategies and new investigation techniques that will assist health practitioners to further understand the biochemical and physiological processes behind the symptoms of clinical and subclinical thyroid and adrenal conditions. Discussion includes availability and validity of testing, clinical signs and symptoms, and specific nutrient and dietary recommendations to assist with the development of comprehensive treatment protocols.
This module is a comprehensive guide to women’s health from a Nutritional and Environmental Medicine perspective. Looking at underlying factors and practical clinical applications, lectures address fertility and conception, pregnancy and breast-feeding, post natal depression, puberty, endometriosis, pre-menstrual syndrome, PCOS, hormonal balance, peri to post-menopause, HRT, osteoporois and other health problems of aging. With the help of experts in the field, explore education to assist your patients in making informed choices, and hear the growing scientific evidence for nutritional recommendations and targeted individualised supplements, to allow women to enjoy enhanced health, well being and quality of life.
“All disease begins in the gut” – Hippocrates

It has been established that over 70% of the cells of the immune system are located within the digestive tract, as well as a multitude of neurons - more than in the spinal cord. The trillions of friendly bacteria in the gut provide the basis for health, among many other functions, supporting the barrier function of the intestinal mucous membrane against digested toxins and allergens entering the blood circulation.

This learning module will provide a practical, evidence-based approach in helping you to incorporate nutritional medicine into your assessment and treatment of gut related health problems, while also exploring how gastrointestinal health can contribute to non-gut related health problem. Conditions and topics covered include reflux, bloating, abdominal cramps, diarrhoea and constipation, IBS,inflammatory bowel disease, Coeliac disease vs. gluten sensitivity, pre and probiotics, FODMAPS,intestinal permeability, bacterial overgrowth and parasites.

Ensuring children are healthy is not only vital for an optimal childhood but can also help reduce later incidence of chronic diseases. ACNEM’s Children’s Health module covers challenging topics such as ADHD, autism, allergies, recurrent infection, chronic fatigue in children, the role of epigenetics, child and adolescent mental health, and obesity in childhood. This highly informative course also includes optimal nutrition for pregnancy, breastfeeding, birth and development for the early years of life. Experts in the field present the latest evidence and how this works in practice.

This module investigates the potential nutritional and environmental components of allergy, autoimmune and dermatological conditions commonly seen in general practice including urticaria, anaphylaxis, eczema, rhinitis, asthma, food intolerance and inhalant allergy.

More than 30% of cancer could be prevented, mainly by not using tobacco, having a healthy diet, being physically active and moderating the use of alcohol” World Health Organization.
Explore the latest evidence for applying nutritional and environmental medicine to aid in the treatment and recovery from cancer, including prevention, treatment and recovery. This module will explore the physiology of cancer cells and what drives cellular replication, the genes that may be involved, functional testing to aid in treatment, nutritional deficiencies commonly implicated in cancer, optimal dietary and nutritional strategies for cancer patients and how environmental toxins may be involved.
Living in the 21st century we are under the constant influence of thousands of chemicals. Many of these are insidious in our daily lives; the paints, carpets, beds, furnishings and gases from white goods in our homes and the interior materials in our cars, diesel fumes on our roads, runoffs and particulate matter from industry, chemicals in plastics and packaging, cosmetics and toiletries, pesticides in our foods as well as preservatives and additives to enhance shelf life.
This practical workshop will explore endocrine disrupting chemical in our environment, heavy metal toxicity, mould and biotoxins, electrical hypersensitivity, pesticides and the case of the sensitive patient. With the help of experts in the field, we will explore education to assist our patients in making informed choices, indications and clinical treatment options where available.

Many patients and clinicians seek non- drug based therapies to use alone or in combination with pharmaceuticals for mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and paediatric conditions such as autism and ADHD.
A comprehensive overview of evidence -based therapies and practical tips for mental health disorders will be presented including an insight into the underlying physiological issues that may contribute to neurological, behavioural and social disorders. Hear the growing scientific evidence for the effectiveness of treatment modalities including nutritional recommendations, targeted individualised supplements, sleep hygiene, exercise etc to modify brain biology and foster mental well- being. The course will include practical clinical applications of effective interventions to help with balancing brain biochemistry, mood and behaviour.

Metabolic Syndrome describes increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, central obesity and abnormal cholesterol levels. These together increase your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. These could be claimed to be simply downstream symptoms which result from poor diet, lifestyle and environmental toxins and interact with our unique genetic susceptibilities. These dietary and lifestyle factors can lead to metabolic syndrome because they create a condition known as insulin resistance. This online module will discuss the underlying biochemistry of metabolic syndrome and provide practical evidence-based solutions though diet, nutrition, gut health and case history discussion to enable immediate application in clinical practice.