Mental Health – science-based therapies come to Melbourne

The successful Walsh Research Institute Outreach, which has helped hundreds of Australian patients challenged by mental illness for the past 14 years, will be held in Melbourne for the first time in 2018.

The Outreach, Conference and Training Program for Medical Doctors will be presented by Bio-Balance Health at the Rendezvous Hotel in Melbourne from 17th-23rd March.

“Bio-Balance Health is very excited to report that we are taking our Doctor Training and Conference on the road in 2018 – all the way to Melbourne,” said Bio-Balance Health Association President Judy Nicol.

“We have received so many requests from the Victorian doctors and patients for us to come to Melbourne over the years, and since we had spent 9 years in Sydney, followed by 5 years on the Gold Coast, we did think it was time for us to come to Melbourne.

“We look forward to receiving help to spread the word about our time in Melbourne from the 17-23rd March next year from all our supporters in Victoria, and to seeing many new doctors attend to learn about this exciting new field of Nutritional Psychiatry.”

Since 2004, over 1,200 patients have attended specialised Australian clinics to access treatment for Depression, Behavioural Disorders, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder and Autism.

Medical practitioners trained in Walsh Research Institute assessment and treatment techniques prescribe vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids based on each patient’s unique body chemistry.

According to an article in the UK medical journal The Lancet (January 2015), now is the time for the recognition of the importance of nutrition and nutrient supplementation in psychiatry.

“Although the determinants of mental health are complex, the emerging and compelling evidence for nutrition as a crucial factor in the high prevalence and incidence of mental disorders suggests that diet is as important to psychiatry as it is to cardiology, endocrinology, and gastroenterology. Evidence is steadily growing for the relation between dietary quality (and potential nutritional deficiencies) and mental health, and for the select use of nutrient-based supplements to address deficiencies, or as monotherapies or augmentation therapies.”

The article by members of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research provides the growing evidence of addressing nutrient deficiencies to preserve mental health.

An internationally recognized expert on biochemical imbalances, Dr. William Walsh PhD has devoted nearly 40 years to researching the biochemistry behind behaviour, learning and memory, mental health and various disease conditions.

His approach recognizes that nutrient imbalances can alter brain levels of key neurotransmitters, disrupt gene expression of proteins and enzymes and cripple the body’s protection against environmental toxins.

“Advanced nutrient therapy offers an alternative treatment approach, which represents a natural method of correcting imbalances in neurotransmitter activity,” said Dr. Walsh.

“The clinical challenge is to determine the biochemistry of each patient and to develop an individualized treatment plan aimed at normalizing brain chemistry.”

The president of the non-profit Walsh Research Institute near Chicago directs physician and practitioner training programs internationally, including in Australia, England, Ireland, Norway and USA.

The program has expanded each year in Australia with 230 doctors trained by 2017, the majority from Australia, but also from New Zealand, South East Asia, Hong Kong, Ireland and the UK.

The internationally acclaimed US consultants attending the 2018 Outreach will include Drs. William Walsh, PhD, Elizabeth Mumper, MD, FAAP, Albert Mensah, MD, Judith Bowman, MD and for her second year, Nancy O’Hara, MD, a board certified pediatrician with a practice dedicated to the integrative and holistic care of children with neurodevelopment disorders.

The medical doctor training program, providing the opportunity to participate with word-class experts in the evaluation of patients, has attracted interest from as far away as Japan, India, Ireland, Singapore and New Zealand.

The Outreach was held in Sydney for eight years between 2005 and 2012, before relocating to the Gold Coast in 2013.

“The development of the Australian Outreach Clinics in Sydney and the Gold Coast has made a significant contribution to the quality of life for hundreds of mentally ill people in Australia,” said Dr. Walsh.

“Most patients report this treatment has resulted in significantly-improved mental functioning and a marked reduction in medication levels required, giving a substantial reduction, if not elimination, of common side effects.

“A survey conducted by one of our trained Australian doctors showed that on average, 85% of the patients responded to the treatment, with a significant number of patients showing remarkable gains.”

Registration is currently open for the Patient Assessment Program with participants encouraged to take advantage of the Early Bird Concession fees, a saving of $150 if paid before 31st October, 2017.

It is advised to book early as patients will need to undertake a series of special blood, urine and hair analysis tests at least four weeks prior to the Outreach consultation.

The Outreach will include a One Day Public Conference on Sunday, 18th March 2018 with both professionals and the public invited to hear from visiting experts on the latest research in the areas of mental health and autistic spectrum disorders.

Conference guest speakers in 2018 will include Dr Denise Furness, a Molecular Geneticist and Nutritionist and Dr. Stephanie Fryar-Williams, a Psychiatrist/Researcher who will give a presentation on the Biomarkers for Schizophrenia.

Physicians wanting to take part in the Outreach training program and families interested in the evaluation of a loved one should contact:

Marnie Lo on 02 8789 0451; Email: marnie@biobalance.org.au

For other enquiries: Bio-Balance 07 56796675

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