NIIM Academic Board

The NIIM Academic Board is responsible for monitoring NIIM’s education quality assurance  including but not limited to: approving all academic policies, procedures and guidelines; approving and reviewing courses and amendments to courses; receiving reports from Academic Directors and Course Advisory Committees, and receiving annual and five-yearly comprehensive reviews of courses.

The Academic Board consists of internal members (including the Director of NIIM, CEO of NIIM, Director of Education, Director of Research, Course Coordinators, staff and student representation) and external members (including community representation, teaching and learning and integrative medicine experts). The Academic Board closely monitors compliance with NIIM policies, procedures and guidelines, and the Higher Education Threshold Standards.


Associate Professor Peter Hartley 

Chair of NIIM Academic Board

PhD, MHlthSc, GradDipEd, DipHlthSci (Paramedic) Fellow P.A.

Peter has a multi-discipline background in health, sociology, education, and had over 30 years clinical education experience nationally and internationally. After spending 10 years as a Social Worker within the criminal justice and child protection units, he commenced his health-focused career in paramedicine undertaking clinical practice and clinical education in metropolitan and rural locations. Peter is nationally and international renowned as a leader in clinical education and has been invited on numerous occasions to deliver courses and present on multifaceted aspects of academic leadership, clinical practice, and the clinical learning environment (CLE). His specific academic and research interests utilises qualitative approaches, and include the development of ethical, cultural, and sociological aspects in health practice, incorporating social justice, access, and equity. Peter is a member and holds leadership positions within a number of professional bodies and industry boards, both national and international. He is presently serving as the National President of Paramedics Australasia and is a member of the Australian Education Council housed with the Council of Ambulance Authorities serving as chair of accreditation of university paramedic programs. Peter is presently the Deputy Dean College of Health Biomedicine at Victoria University providing high level leadership on strategic and governance matters within a quality driven framework.


Professor Avni Sali 

Director and Founding Director, NIIM


Professor Avni Sali, often referred to as the father of Integrative Medicine in Australia, brings to NIIM his immeasurable medical expertise and passion for the advancement of Integrative Medicine. As former president of the Gawler Foundation and the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA), and current president of the International Council of Integrative Medicine, he has extensive experience with the management of committees and organisations campaigning for education research, and the clinical use of Integrative Medicine.


Mr David Buckley

Academic Board member

David brings a broad range of tertiary, Secondary College and Community sector work experiences to his role on the NIIM Board of Studies. In tertiary education, he is a Student Matters Advisor at Victoria University (VU) consulting staff and students on a range of issues in relation to student related processes, policies, procedures and legislation.  He has also served in tertiary education as a: 1) Student Advocate and acting manager in that service 2) University Colleague (clinical educator) in a College of Education supporting pre-service teachers and their other educators in schools 3) as a sessional tutor in a foundation College of Arts unit 4) as an Executive Officer for the Manager of Student Services and 5) as a student union Education & Welfare Officer. He has led projects at VU such as the Cultural Images Project and Peer to Peer Mentor Project as part of a General Staff Leadership Program. David maintains his Victoria Institute of Teaching (VIT) registration with various professional development activities such as through AVID training, forums and networks (Advancement via Individual Determination). His key professional qualifications are: Graduate Diploma in Education; Graduate Diploma in Recreation & Sports Management – disability stream; Bachelor of Arts Multidisciplinary – Psychology & Communications Studies; Certificate in English Language Teaching Adults (CELTA). He has also completed various units at Masters level for professional development   in the College of Education and College of Arts at VU.


Ms Friederika Kaider 

Academic Board member

Friederika Kaider has spent the last decade working as an academic developer in Australian Universities with a particular interest in work integrated learning.  Prior to that she taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in universities in Australia, Singapore and the United States in fields including comparative industrial relations; strategic and international human resource management; ethical leadership; training and development; and education.  This followed her previous role, also for a decade, as Director of a major economic and community development project in Chicago, Illinois. She has also been engaged in professional capacities in management training; industrial relations; teaching and community education; community development and as a speech writer and aide to a Senator.  She currently serves on a number of academic and education committees.


Dr James Siow 

Academic Board member

BSc, MBBS, BCCMT(Netherlands), BCALM(USA), BCAM(USA) FCMT(Netherlands),
Post-Graduate Certified in Clinical Metal Toxicology by the International Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology (Netherlands); Post-Graduate Certified in Advanced Longevity Medicine by the International Board of Advanced longevity Medicine(USA);
Post-Graduate Certified in Aesthetic Medicine by the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine 

Dr Siow is a Registered General Practitioner with special interests in the areas of Aesthetic Medicine, Clinical Metal Toxicology and Advanced Longevity Medicine. He holds a number of professional memberships and is the President and Executive Director of the Australasian College for Advancement in Medicine (AUSCAM). He is the Secretary of the International Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology (IBCMT) and Chairman of the IBCMT Medical, Scientific, Education and Research Committee. Dr Siow holds positions as the Director Centre of Clinical Toxicology and Parenteral Nutrition at NIIM and is also Director of Research (Integrative Cosmetic Medicine) at the Victoria Cosmetic Institute. He holds a number of honorary positions and has lectured widely and published in a number of fields.


Mr Nikolaj Travica 

Academic Board student member

BSc(Hons), Cert.III. Pathol, Research Assistant/PhD candidate

Nikolaj Travica currently works at NIIM as a Research Assistant and has a Bachelor in Psychology and Psychophysiology (2012), and an Honours degree in Science, majoring in Psychology (2013), from Swinburne University of Technology. Nikolaj’s key areas of interest include research into the effects of natural remedies (nutrition, exercise, meditation) on cognitive and neuropsychological functioning, and determining the risk factors associated with cognitive decline. Nikolaj utilizes cognitive and cardiovascular measures to investigate dietary supplements with the potential to improve cognition and reduce other health risk factors for dementia and cardiovascular disease. Further research interests include holistic cancer treatments and preventions. Nikolaj has authored a number of studies and has been a speaker at a number of scientific conferences. Nikolaj also attained his certificate III in Pathology through Australian Health Professional Training (AHPT) Solutions (2014). Apart from his research role at NIIM, Nikolaj is currently also enrolled as a Science PhD candidate through Swinburne University of Technology, where he is primarily investing the effects of vitamins and surgery on cognitive function.


Dr Peter Eng 

Academic Board member

Dr Eng is a General Practitioner who specialises in nutritional medicine, working in Middle Park, Victoria and at the NIIM clinic. His clinical focus includes developing nutritional protocols for the prevention and treatment of diseases based on studies published in scientific and medical journals and likewise adjuvant protocols for cancer treatment, including cancer genetic profiling and as well as mutations. Dr Eng introduced a department of Nutritional medicine to Swinburne University in 1995 and since then has worked at Epworth Health Care, Richmond. He also teaches a unit for Melbourne University of Medicine. In 2003 he was awarded a centenary medal by the Governor General of Commonwealth of Australia for contributions to Australia society and made a Fellow of Australia College of Nutritional and Environmental medicine (ACNEM). He was elected to the board of ACNEM in 2005 and has worked as a mentor for the Royal College of General Practitioners as well as raising $250,000 in 2008 towards the Magnetic Resonance Imaging facility at the Baker Heart and Research Institute, Melbourne. In 2008, he appeared at the senate enquiry into use of complementary medicine in cancer treatment in Canberra, on behalf of Australia College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine. Dr Eng is currently a member of the Swisse Scientific Advisory Panel.


Mr Alan Roberts 

Academic Board member

BArts; Dip Ed, Dip Iridology, Dip Naturopathy, B Naturopathy, B Chiropractic

Alan has thirty years’ experience in all areas of Australian Medical Education. Other roles have included Coordinator and author of the course ‘English for Health Professionals’ at Victoria University, Co-Ordinator of Clinical and MCQ Courses conducted by The Victorian Medical Post graduate Foundation; Lecturer at University of Melbourne Faculty of Dentistry and Health Sciences, working with 4th, 5th and 6th year medical students on the wards on doctor/patient communication. Alan is currently Director of ARIMGSAS, which conducts courses and workshops for International Medical Graduates preparing to practise in Australia and/or preparing for the Australian Medical Councils Examinations.


A/Prof Dr Karin Ried 

Director of Research, NIIM

PhD, MSc, GDPH, Cert Integrative Medicine
A/Prof Dr Karin Ried is Director of Research at the National Institute of Integrative Medicine. Dr Ried is Honorary Adjunct Assistant Professor, Bond University, Queensland, and Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at The University of Adelaide, South Australia. Dr Ried has over 15 years of experience in medical and public health research, and research interest in complementary and integrative medicine with a focus on nutritional health. Her research projects encompass nutritional medicine, cardiovascular health, bone health, gastrointestinal health, cancer, women’s health, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr Ried received a Masters Degree in Chemistry (1993) and PhD from the University of Heidelberg, Germany in the Department of Human Molecular Genetics (1997). In addition, Dr Ried completed a Graduate Diploma of Public Health at the University of Adelaide (2001), and a Certificate in Integrative Medicine at the University of Queensland (2009). Dr Ried is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. Prior to her current position at NIIM, Dr Ried has been the Program Manager of the government funded capacity building PHCRED program at the University of Adelaide between 2006-2012 and at Flinders University in South Australia between 2003-06. She is Chief Investigator on several competitive grants related to integrative nutritional medicine. Dr Ried has extensive expertise in quantitative research, in particular in systematic reviews and meta-analyses, clinical trials, as well as in qualitative research, including questionnaire design and survey methods.


Professor Omar Kucuk


Professor Kucuk is a recognized academic, clinician and expert in the field of integrative oncology. He is a professor and medical doctor at Emory University, Atlanta, US. Professor Kucuk is Professor of Hematology-Oncology and Urology; Director, Integrative Medicine Center; Director, Multidisciplinary Genitourinary Oncology Group; Chief, Genitourinary Medical Oncology Service; Leader, Prostate Cancer Research Program; Georgia Research Alliance Distinguished Scientist, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. His expertise is in the area of chemoprevention, nutrition and cancer, particularly in the area of genitourinary cancers with a focus on prostate cancer. His research has focused on the modulation of genetic and epigenetic pathways of cancer development and progression by nutritional interventions, with emphasis on soy isoflavones and lycopene. His wealth of experience in integrative medical research brings a strength to NIIM in its future development of postgraduate integrative medicine courses.