Complementary Healthcare Council

The CHC National Conference 2013 welcomed around 250 delegates and guests to the stunning Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, in the financial heart of the Sydney CBD, for a

stimulating program of speakers, debates and discussions on cutting edge research, innovation and product development, abundant networking opportunities and the celebration of industry achievements.


Biggest National Conference to Date

We were delighted to achieve a stimulating two days exploring the theme ‘Evolution or Revolution…the future of complementary medicine’ through a spectacular program of International and Australian speakers.

The CHC was proud to welcome Simon Banks, Director of Hawker Britton and Grahame Morris, Federal Director, Barton Deakin to formally commence proceedings at the CHC’s National Conference 2013.


Opening the Conference, Simon Banks and Grahame Morris recognised complementary medicines as a growth Industry and addressed how the complementary medicines industry should communicate with parliamentarians and their advisors. They highlighted the need for a strong and unified industry voice.


Following Simon Banks and Grahame Morris, and continuing the impressive Day One line up, delegates were thrilled to hear from George Livery, Swisse Commercial Director, who examined 'Where health, science and commerce connect' looking into the Swisse story and addressing the future of complementary medicines.


Also enlightening delegates and offering considered insights into the future of complementary medicines were Dr Lesley Braun, who looked at treatment gaps, innovation and redefining evidence, Ryan Benn, Alive Australia Publishing, who unveiled how and why consumers shop and make buying decisions, and Alison Quesnel, from Natural Products New Zealand- who provided an update on the Natural Health and Supplementary Products Bill.


Providing an authoritative and thought-provoking regulatory update, delegates heard from Dr John Skerritt from the TGA. Professor Alan Bensoussan spoke about establishing Australia's national agency in complementary medicine, the National Institute of Complementary Medicine, and Joe Zhou addressed TSI's experience with doing business in China, from the viewpoint of those across the water.

Clint Paddison and Petrea King both gave inspirational presentations that enthused and uplifted delegates. Clint moved delegates with his journey to health from crippling Rheumatoid Arthritis, using a 100% natural approach. Clint's presentation offered a metaphor for overcoming enormous challenges of any kind.

Break Out Sessions

The 2013 Conference catered for delegates from all sectors of the Industry, offering a choice of focussed break out sessions, with discussions around cutting edge research, innovation and product development.  The break out sessions were highly popular, allowing people to delve further into their chosen area of interest, touching on topics including Krill Oil, Around Asia: Healthy Growth Opportunities in our Region and Developing Innovative Products. 


The CHC will be making presentations available on the CHC website,with access strictly restricted to those who attended the Conference. Delegates have received details on how to access the presentations.


Networking, Sponsors and Prizes

The Conference informally kicked off at the CHC Welcome Reception, hosted by Alive Australia Publishing on Tuesday 3rd September. This was a fantastic opportunity to gather and connect with delegates ahead of the formal conference proceedings.

Alive Australia Publishing generously donated a $500 David Jones gift voucher, for the business card draw.

The winner was Ros Priest from University of Western Sydney.

As part of the CHC’s ‘Exhibitor Passport’ delegates entered into a prize draw, with winners announced on Day Two of the Conference. The prize was a Kindle Reader generously donated by On Q Recruitment. Won by: Michele Stokes, Catalent.

Annual General Meeting and Members Only Session

Day Two of the Conference saw the assembly of a large number of CHC Members for the 2013 Annual General Meeting and the critical Members Only session.


The CHC’s achievements of the previous 12 months were highlighted, Members were notified of the adoption of the revised CHC Marketing Code of Practice, and the announcement was made of the Board elect.

We were pleased to see so many of you join us for the 2013 Annual General Meeting and the Members Only session. It was great to hear the insights of our panel of media experts on the topical issue of: A Whole of Industry Approach to Combat Negative Media. This Members Only Session reiterated how crucial it is that we have a unified and robust industry voice.


Awards Night

The 'A Splash of Red' themed Industry Awards Dinner, sponsored by Aker BioMarine, saw over 250 guests fill the splash of red themed ballroom, with guests embracing the theme and incorporating a splash of red into their outfits or on their lips.

It was straight into the Awards announcements this year, anticipation running high following a strongly contested round of nominations.


Congratulations to all the CHC 2013 Award Winners.

Lady Cilento Award        
Sue Akeroyd - Sue Akeroyd & Associates

Most Outstanding Industry Contributor of the Year
Terri Albert - Catalent Australia

Vince Russell Retailer of the Year

Sally Brumley - Leura & Queanbeyan Health Foods

Most Outstanding Salesperson of the Year
Kate Borthwick - Herbs of Gold, Western Australia 

Raw Material Supplier of the Year
Network Nutrition

Manufacturer, Wholesaler or Distributor of the Year
Catalent Australia

Most Outstanding Contribution to Research, Education or Training

Belinda Pilmore - Institute of Personal Care Science

Most Outstanding Marketing Campaign
Ethical Nutrients Immune Defence - Health World 




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