Senior Research fellow in the Integrative Medicine Program at NICM
Carolyn is a GP, Jacka Foundation Senior Research Fellow at NICM Health Research Institute, and Program Lead of Western Sydney Integrative Health. She has dual qualifications in Western and Chinese medicine, and a broad range of experience in health and medical research spanning randomised controlled trials, qualitative methods, co-design and translational research. She is particularly interested in the role of complementary therapies as an adjunct to lifestyle interventions in metabolic health including Type 2 Diabetes, weight gain after breast cancer, and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. She is lead investigator on multiple clinical trials currently including two trials on Shared Medical Appointments for Type 2 Diabetes and prediabetes, a feasibility study exploring acupuncture and ear acupuncture for weight loss in PCOS, and an open label study on nutraceuticals for male infertility. She is also chief investigator/associate investigator on another six randomised controlled trials of modalities including yoga, exercise, herbal medicines and nutraceuticals.
Carolyn is passionate about the translation of safe, well-evidenced integrative therapies into conventional practice and is a sought after speaker, with seven invited presentations in 2019. She has held the position of Chair of the RACGP Integrative Medicine Specific Interest Network since 2016. In November 2016 Carolyn was appointed to lead the Jacka Foundation Integrative Medicine Program at NICM HRI, which aims to further the translation of integrative medicine. As part of this role, Carolyn is responsible for developing a model of care for a new academic integrative health clinic which will combine acupuncture, Chinese medicine, mind-body therapies, and conventional health care. She has previously held roles as Reference Group Member on the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia, Editorial Member at the Australian Family Physician, and examiner for the RACGP specialist entry exams for over ten years.
Underpinning Carolyn's research expertise is a background of significant clinical experience as an integrative GP and acupuncturist. She continues to practise one day a week as a GP in Mosman, Sydney, and has a strong interest in wellbeing for doctors, having co-presented two workshops on GP wellbeing at the RACGP Annual Conference in 2019.
- Mind-body therapies
- Lifestyle medicine
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Breast Cancer
- Insulin Resistance
- Integrative Healthcare
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Translational Research
- Endocrine Society of Australia
Qualifications and Recognition
- PhD, University of Melbourne, 2016 (conferred 2017)
- Barbara Gross award for best overall research presentation at Australasian Menopause Society congress, 2015
- Winner of Best Research Presentation at Australian Integrative Medicine Association conference, 2015
- Masters of Medicine by Research, University of Melbourne, Dept of General Practice "Pilot study of an approach to undertake a methodologically rigorous trial of acupuncture", 2010
- Graduate Certificate of Medical Acupuncture, Monash University, 2007
- Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, 2007
- Bachelor of Applied Science with Distinction – Chinese Medicine/Human Biology, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 2004
- MBBS, University of Western Australia, 1998
Research and Publications