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Pioneering Thinkers & Researchers Come Together

News release: 7 August 2008

Pioneering Thinkers & Researchers Come Together For 3rd NATIONAL Mindbody Conference, Auckland

Leading international and New Zealand MindBody researchers and thinkers will address a range of wholistic healthcare issues during The 3rd MindBody Conference: The Research and the Reality in October.

Conference spokesperson Professor Brian Broom, says the focus of the conference is on research findings and the rich potential of mindbody approaches in the daily practice of every clinical discipline.

“There is a growing sense in New Zealand that for healthcare to be effective it must be grounded in attention to social, cultural, ecological, psychological and spiritual issues. The MindBody conference leads the way by focusing on what is being done nationally and internationally, inspiring clinicians from around New Zealand to change and refresh their ways of working” says Professor Broom.

“The 3rd Mindbody Conference Committee has brought together a diverse range of clinicians and researchers, who are very experienced in Western models of healthcare, are well-known for their holistic models of care, and are involved in front-line clinical work and research.”

“The result will be a powerful mix of stimulating modern thought, research, and clinical experience, highlighting the multiple dimensions that need consideration for optimal healing processes, and providing a systematic justification of a new hopefulness for many people with chronic conditions.”

The stellar line up of international presenters includes:

• Dr Miguel Diego, Touch Research Institute, Florida, presenting research on the crucial role of 'touch' in health, development, and disease

• Dr Elliott Dacher, USA, discussing the nature of healing processes, the capacity each one of us has to heal ourselves, and concepts of "Integral Health", and combining insights from East and West

• Dr Lewis Mehl-Madrona, USA, who explores the power of old and new cultural stories that engender healing

• Petrea King, Australia, presenting on the importance of personal peace and deepening awareness of spirit in recovery from illness, healing, and wellness

The conference also features a very strong contingent of New Zealand speakers including Janet Maloney-Moni, who specialises in Maori Primary Health Care; Linda Cameron, Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Auckland, on the expression and processing of emotions; and Dr Robin Youngson, a creative health administrator, on ‘mindfulness’ in medicine.

Professor Broom says the 3rd MindBody Conference will appeal to all clinicians and all healthcare disciplines, to anybody looking for cutting-edge stimulation around whole-person care, and to those wanting to rub shoulders with others who care about the direction of healthcare in New Zealand from a holistic perspective.

The MindBody Conference will be held from October 10-12, 2008 at the Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre in Mt Wellington, Auckland.

Conference attendance costs $295 if booked and paid before 31 August, or $345 if booked thereafter. Discounts apply for attendees from the South Island, students and multiple attendees from the same family.


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