Senior Research fellow in the Integrative Medicine Program at NICM
Carolyn has dual qualifications in Western and Chinese medicine, and postgraduate research experience in acupuncture for women’s health. Her doctorate examined the efficacy of acupuncture for menopausal hot flushes. She received a Project Grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council for this large randomised controlled trial, which was published in Annals of Internal Medicine in 2016.
Carolyn is passionate about the translation of safe, well-evidenced integrative therapies into conventional practice. She has been involved in delivering lectures and workshops on acupuncture and complementary medicine to health professionals and medical students, and in November 2016 was appointed to lead the Jacka Foundation Integrative Medicine Program at NICM, which aims to further the translation of integrative medicine. As part of this new 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 is a Reference Group Member on the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia. Her research interests are in acupuncture clinical trials, particularly in women’s health, PCOS, insulin resistance and breast cancer, as well as translational research in complementary medicine more broadly.
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. Carolyn also served as an examiner for the RACGP specialist entry exams for over ten years, and on the Editorial Board of the Australian Family Physician. She is Chair of the RACGP Integrative Medicine Working Group.
- Breast Cancer
- Insulin Resistance
- Integrative Healthcare
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Translation Research
Qualifications and Recognition
- PhD, University of Melbourne, 2016
- 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