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Professor Avni Sali
MBBS, PhD, FRACS, FACS, FACNEM
Director of the National Institute of Integrative Medicine.
Prior to the establishment of the National Institute of Integrative Medicine, Professor Avni Sali was the Founding Head of the Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. Prior to this appointment he was Head of the University of Melbourne, Department of Surgery at the Heidelberg Hospital, in Melbourne. He is President of the International Council of Integrative Medicine and immediate past President of the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA). Professor Sali is also an Honorary Professor at the School of Medicine, University of Queensland.
Professor Sali is on the International Advisory Committee of the Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (VYASA), India, International Advisory Board of the National Committee on Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Indonesia, and on the Integrative Medicine Board of the HSC Medical Center, Malaysia. In addition he is on the International Advisory Board of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and on the National Scientific Advisory Committee of Complementary Medicine.
Professor Sali has held the position of Australian and New Zealand representative of the International Society for Digestive Surgery. He has served as a director of the Victorian Public Health Research and Education Council, and was on the Federal Government Complementary Health Care Consultative Forum.
Professor Sali was President of the Gawler Foundation from 1999 until 2002 and is currently a Board Member. Professor Sali is on the joint Working Party of the AIMA and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). Prof Sali is also a member of the Board of ACNEM - Australian Colelge of Nutritional Medicine.
Also, he is an Honorary Patron of the Melbourne Therapy Centre (Anthroposophy Principles), Patron of Australians for International Mental Health and is on the Advisory Panel of the Darwin Holistic Health Centre, Patron of Power Thinking Health Council.
Professor Sali's research interests are mostly in integrative medicine and include various clinical, behavioural, nutritional, herbal and exercise research. His clinical expertise is in the cause of disease, cancer, difficult problems as well as health advice. He is author and co-author of several books and chapters. Approximately 300 articles have been published in medical journals. Professor Sali is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine and was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Evidence Based Integrative Medicine and is on the Editorial Board of several other journals.
Professor Sali has helped to pioneer health promotion and integrative medicine in this country, especially the importance of nutrition, exercise and the mind. He is frequently an invited speaker at local, state, national and international meetings.
He was primarily instrumental in the establishment of the Graduate School of Integrative Medicine at Swinburne, which was the first School of its kind and was predominantly involved in the establishment of the Swinburne University Hospital, which was the first integrative hospital of its type.
In 2002, he was presented with the St Michael's Award for outstanding community service.
In April 2004, Professor Sali led the Australian Government Biotech Alliance Complementary Healthcare Mission to Taiwan.
In August 2005 he was awarded the Australian Humanitarian Award for contributions to Health.
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A selection of research works and articles.
Hassed C, Kotsirilos V, Pirotta M, Sali A. ‘Therapeutic footprint’ of medical, complementary and alternative therapies and a doctor’s duty of care. MJA2007;186:214-215
Pirotta M, Hassed C, Kotsirilos V, Rawlin M, Sali A. Teaching complementary and alternative medicine in our medical schools – is it time to bite the bullet? IN PRESS
Sali A, Vitetta L. Peppermint and the gut. Medicine Today. IN PRESS
Sali A, Vitetta L. Integrative/Complementary Medicine consultation and how it differs from the standard consultation. Australian Doctor. IN PRESS
Sali A, Vitetta L. The Integrative Medicine /Complementary Medicine (IM/CM) Management of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). Australian Doctor. IN PRESS
Sali A. Nutrition for healing, prevention and wellness. In Cohen M (Ed). Holistic Healthcare Perspectives, Crows Nest, NSW. Optimal Health Communications, 2006:183-195.
Sali A. Ayurvedic Medicine in Australia. Proceedings of International Ayurvedic Conference, 2006;49-50.
Sali A. The role of mind/body medicine in diabetes. Proceedings of International Ayurvedic Conference, 2006:51-54.
Sali A, Vitetta L. Cancer and complimentary medicine: prevention and complementary medicine knowhow are a priority. Journal of Complementary Medicine, 2006. Vol 5:5, 55.
Pipingas A, Silberstein RB, Vitetta L, Van Rooy C, Harris EV, Young JM, Frampton CM, Sali A, Nastase J. The effects of Pinus Radiata pinebark (Enzogenol) on cognitive function in individuals. Journal of EEG and Clinical Neurosciences, 2006.
Sali A, Vitetta L. Probiotics/prebiotics: Art of Healing. In Press.
Sali A, Vitetta L. Peppermint in the gut. Medicine Today. Submitted.
Vitetta L, Sali A. Omega–3 Fatty Acids PUFA - A Monograph. Journal of Complementary Medicine In Press 2006.
Vitetta L, Kenner D, Sali A. Sedation and Analgesia Prescribing Patterns by Physicians in Terminally Ill Patients at the End of Life. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2005; 22(6):465-73.
Wang Y, Cicuttini FM, Vitetta L, Wluka AE. What effect do dietary antioxidants have on the symptoms and structural progression of knee osteoarthritis over 2 years? Clin Exp Rheumatol 2006; 24(2):213-4
Vitetta L, Sali A. Complementary Medicine Series: What is the evidence. Colorectal cancer and CHF - reviewing the evidence for complementary medicine. Aust Fam Physician. 2006; 35(5):339.
Vitetta L, Sali A. Complementary Medicine Series: What is the evidence. Treatments for damaged skin. Aust Fam Physician 2006; 35(7):501-2.
Linnane AW, Kios M, Vitetta L. The Essential Roles of Superoxide Radical and Nitric Oxide Formation for Healthy Aging. Mitochondrion In Press 2006.
Linnane AW, Kios M, Vitetta L. Healthy Aging: Regulation of the Metabolome by Cellular Redox Modulation and Prooxidant Signaling Systems. The Essential Roles of Superoxide Anion and Nitric Oxide. J Experimental Gerontology In Press 2006.
Vitetta L, Sali A. Complementary Medicine Series: What is the evidence. Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Palliative Care. Aust Fam Physician In Press October 2006.
Vitetta L, Anton B. Lifestyle and Nutrition, Caloric Restriction, Mitochondrial Health and Hormones: Scientific Interventions for Anti–Aging. J Clinical Interventions in Aging In Press 2006
Pipingas A, Silberstein RB, Vitetta L, Van Rooy C, Harris EV, Young JM, Frampton CM, Sali A, Nastase J. The Effects of an Extract of Pinus Radiata Pine Bark (EnzogenolÒ) on Cognitive Function in Individuals at Risk for Cognitive Decline. Under Review Amer J Clin Nutr 2006.
Vitetta L, Anton B, Cortizo F, Sali A. Mind Body Medicine: Stress and its impact on Overall Health and Longevity. In: Reversal of Aging, Myth and Reality: Beyond the Man-Made Barriers. Part VI. Replacement Therapies of a Failing Body: Clinical Evidence of Restorative Medicine: Annals New York Academy of Sciences Volume 1057; 2005; Pp 492–505.
Anton B, Vitetta L, Cortizo F, Sali A. Can We Delay Aging? The Biology and Science of Aging. In: Reversal of Aging, Myth and Reality: Beyond the Man-Made Barriers. Part VII. Striving for Health—Anti-aging Medicine and Its Presence in the World: The Witnesses and Pioneers of a Rapidly Changing and Aging Western Population: Annals New York Academy of Sciences Volume 1057; 2005; Pp 525–535.