Iron Management, Reiishi and Joint Hypermobility Disorders

Feb 14
We have been busy over the holidays developing our latest courses for the start of the new year. This year we are bringing you a brand new, updated Pregnancy Masterclass and the much asked for Joint Hyper Mobility Disorders course. Click on the titles below to find out more. 


Iron is a key mineral needed in a variety of physiological mechanisms, with complex mechanisms for homeostasis. Often dismissed as a marker of malnutrition or specific to patients prone to anaemia, we’ll explore the role of iron status beyond a basic nutritional marker.

In this comprehensive 3-part series, we review iron's role in metabolism, ageing, neurological health, detoxification, and GI function and microbiome balance. We’ll also discuss Functional approaches to assessment and personalised intervention strategies. 

Lesson One:
This session is the first of a series of 3 lectures and will set the foundation for understanding the systems-based approach to iron homeostasis. We’ll review the overlapping physiological mechanisms that both rely on iron balance and impact iron levels. These include metabolic health, mental health and cognition, immune function, detoxification capacity, GI function, microbiome balance and the liver-GI axis.

Lesson Two:
This session focuses on assessment considerations for iron status. We’ll review signs and symptoms, advanced laboratory considerations, and explore case-based examples. 

Lesson Three:
The final session is where we apply what we’ve learned about iron physiology, homeostasis, and assessment to develop a comprehensive and highly personalised, functional medicine intervention plan. We’ll consider all aspects of lifestyle - including diet, environment, daily habits - as well as nutraceutical prescription in an effective strategy that goes beyond the standard strategy for more holistic and effective patient outcomes.


The traditional health care approach makes assumptions and is traditionally good for acute conditions however there may be other approaches to ensuring the best outcomes for clients.

Sharon Curtain's vision is to upskill health professionals with practical tools that enable them to support people in all stages of change. Supporting people to identify their motivators for change and build confidence using effective communication allows people to take the actions to implement positive mindsets and behaviours.

This course provides a new way to look at the assumptions clinicians may make about a client. It will look at ways to improve communication skills and be able to increase motivation, confidence and helping them to overcome barriers to change. A fresh way to look at how we might best help our clients and some tools and skills for the best outcome for our clients and therefore you as well.


Reishi has been revered for centuries in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine and for good reason. The clinical uses for Reishi are surprisingly wide and very well supported by research. The list of conditions that Reishi use is supported for is very long and includes many of the common presentations that you see each day.

Dr Chris Hobbs is a internationally renowned, fourth-generation herbalist, clinician, botanist, mycologist, and research scientist with over 35 years of experience with herbal medicine. Chris has been using Reishi extensively in his clinic for many years and takes it daily himself.

This is a medicine that seems to be underutilised by natural clinicians and could be applied much more and in many more situations than it is currently being used for. In this discussion, Chris shares many of his clinical gems and special use cases for this fascinating mushroom.


Pregnancy care is a essential skill and extremely valuable for your patients. This Masterclass will provide you with the very latest research and understanding of the tools and knowledge you require to provide exceptional care to expectant mothers.

Mothers and babies anatomy and physiology change significantly throughout pregnancy and so their care needs to match their requirements. We must also remember that the foetal environment has a very large effect on newborn’s health. This effect is greater than we have previously thought and any damaging effects may become lifelong issues. There is a lot you can do to prevent this burden.

You will cover preconception care and then each trimester right up to and including birth. and also during the fourth trimester. The fourth trimester is the month after birth where the baby is still adapting life outside the womb. During this time babies have special requirements that few people including the medical fraternity appreciate and know how to manage. 

This is a new replacement for our 2018 Pregnancy Masterclass with many new ideas and concepts. We're also including a Traditional Approach to Birth which examines the birthing wisdom of many generations and cultures. There is also a new section on Breast Feeding with Dawn Whitten.

It's important for all clinicians to have a full and accurate concept of the importance of preconception care and pregnancy health. The skills to recognise when and what to do during pregnancy, prebirth and during the fourth trimester are key to all practices. Your presenters are all specialists in their field with deep expertise on their topics.


Two of the most common questions Jason gets as a business coach and mentor for healthcare professionals are: “How do I get more corporate talks?” and “How much should I charge for a corporate presentation?” And while these are important decisions to make, they are questions that represent a need for more attention to a bigger part of your marketing plan than most healthcare professionals recognise. 

This webinar will answer these questions as well as addressing acquiring and booking corporate and public presentations, and how to decide what fees to charge.


Joint hypermobility has traditionally been perceived as a lifelong, asymptomatic trait lacking clinical significance. However, contemporary insights now associate hypermobility with a diverse array of symptoms, leading to the identification of Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD), which encompasses conditions such as Ehlers-Danlos hypermobile type.

A considerable number of individuals have endured various seemingly unrelated symptoms, lacking recognition for a specific condition. It is now understood that many of these individuals have an underlying HSD, elucidating the origins of numerous perplexing symptoms. Approximately 20% of the population exhibits hypermobility, making it a potentially valuable clinical indicator. Unfortunately, these patients often encounter frustration as their condition is not well comprehended by many clinicians, resulting in them seeking medical attention as a last resort. The list of symptoms associated with HSD is surprisingly long and you see them every day.

Dr Ann Childers herself has HSD and now sees these people often in her clinic. She says that very, very frequently people are saying to her “I have pain all over. My body doesn’t work right, yet my tests and x-rays are normal. My psychiatrist says I’m anxious, depressed and have somatoform disorder. A family doctor says it’s just stress. I’m tired of being sick and tired. Can you help me?" Dr. Childers sheds light on the extensive spectrum of Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders, detailing her diagnostic approach and care for the increasing number of patients with HSD under her care.