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    Dr Kylie O’Brien (Phd)

    BSc(Optom), BAppSc(ChinMed), MPH, PhD (Chinese Medicine), Grad Cert Tert Ed, Dip Toyohari Meridian Therapy, Dip Rem Massage

    Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner

    Kylie originally trained as an optometrist, graduating in 1986, and specialised in behavioural optometry and working with children with learning disorders. When she realised that Chinese medicine was her real calling, she returned to study, completing a Master of Public Health in 1997 and a degree in Chinese medicine in 1999 following an internship in a Chinese medicine hospital in Nanjing, China. Kylie has worked as a Chinese medicine practitioner and educator since 2000. Originally teaching Chinese herbal medicine in the early 2000’s, she developed three of Australia’s Master degree courses in Chinese medicine, and has coordinated both Masters and undergraduate degree courses. Kylie completed her PhD in Chinese medicine in 2006 investigating the efficacy of Chinese herbal medicine on hypercholesterolaemia and novel cardiovascular risk factors. She then completed training in Australia and Tokyo in Japanese Toyohari Meridian Therapy, a very gentle, subtle form of Japanese acupuncture originally developed and practised predominantly by blind acupuncturists, which she incorporated into her practice (she has also conducted the world’s first scientific research on its physiological effects). This form of acupuncture is particularly suitable for those who are don't like needles, as the acupuncture needles don't pierce the skin. Kylie continues to supervise postgraduate research students as she believes in the importance of establishing the evidence-base of Chinese medicine in its many forms.

    Kylie has a strong belief in integrating the best of orthodox medicine, Chinese medicine and western Integrative Medicine which includes nutritional medicine and mind-body approaches. Trained also as a remedial massage therapist in 1989 and a practitioner of tai chi for over 20 years, she believes in assisting people to understand health and its many dimensions, and to take charge of their own health using a holistic approach that incorporates mind, emotions, the physical body and spirit.


    • Chinese herbal medicine
    • Chinese acupuncture
    • Japanese acupuncture (Toyohari Meridian Therapy)
    • Chinese diet therapy
    • Remedial massage

    Special Interests

    • Hypercholesterolaemia, weight loss
    • Anxiety, depression, insomnia
    • Digestive problems
    • General fatigue, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    • Chinese medicine oncology
    • Eye conditions including dry eye
    • Wellness promotion and illness prevention


    • B Science (Optometry)
    • Master of Public Health
    • PhD (Chinese Medicine)
    • Cert Japanese Toyohari Meridian Therapy
    • Diploma Remedial Massage


    • Victorian Branch of the Federation of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Societies of Australian (FCMA) (Vice-President)
    • Member of the Australian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA)
    • Member of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Societies Standardisation Committee

    Consultation Times and Fees

    As of June 2015, Dr Kylie O’Brien consults on Tuesdays, for details on appointment availability and the schedule of fees please contact the NIIM Clinic Reception on (03) 9804 0646. Please contact the Clinic for further information, or to book an appointment click here.