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About Adjunct Professor Stephen P Myers

Professor Stephen P Myers, PhD(N'cle), ND(SSNT), BMed(N'cle).
Stephen Myers is the Foundation Director of NatMed Research, the Natural and Complementary Medicine Research Unit in the School of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University. In his previous appointment (2001-2006), Stephen was the Foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Complementary Medicine Education and Research (ACCMER), a unique joint venture of University of Queensland (Brisbane, Queensland) and Southern Cross University (Lismore, New South Wales). From 1996 to 2001, Stephen was the Foundation Head of the School of Natural and Complementary Medicine at Southern Cross University, where he still plays an active role. His major contribution to research in complementary medicine has been to lead the academic development of the field as a university academic discipline. The School of Natural and Complementary Medicine was the first academic unit in complementary medicine in an Australian university. He established a four-year undergraduate degree and a fifth year honours research program in naturopathic medicine coupled with Masters and Doctoral research programs. Over the past decade Stephen has worked to aid the establishment of a research culture within the discipline area of Complementary Medicine. He has supervised 11 completed higher degree research students (3 MSc and 8 PhD) and 5 first class Honours research students.
Professor Myers initially qualified as a naturopathic practitioner (ND – Southern School of Natural Therapies) and later in western medicine (BMed – Australian MD equivalent – University of Newcastle). He has a PhD (University of Newcastle) in basic and clinical pharmacology having studied the effect of garlic on pharmacologically modifiable cardiovascular risk factors. Professor Myers has been extensively involved with complementary medicine education at an undergraduate and postgraduate level in Australia for the past 25 years. He is actively engaged in research in herbal medicine, nutraceuticals, therapeutic foods and in public health issues in complementary medicine. He has acted as consultant to industry, government and educational institutions on a broad range of issues involving natural medicine. He was co-author of the report “Towards a Safer Choice” in 1995, which reviewed the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Australia for the Victorian, New South Wales and Queensland state governments and was the forerunner to the occupational regulation of Chinese Medicine practitioners in Victoria in 2000. In 2005 he co-authored the report for the Victorian Government on the practice and regulatory requirements of naturopathy and Western herbal medicine. In 1997 he was appointed by the Australian Commonwealth Government to the Complementary Medicine Evaluation Committee (CMEC) which is a statutory expert advisory committee to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). In 2003 he was appointed to the Australian Commonwealth Government’s Expert Committee on Complementary Medicine in the Health System which reviewed complementary medicines and practices in Australia. In 2004 he was awarded the prestigious Lady Cilento Award by the Complementary Healthcare Council which is awarded by the Australian Complementary Medicines industry to individuals who have made a significant and sustained contribution to the field of complementary medicine over many years.
Stephen is on the editorial panel of 3 international peer review journals and has written 3 books, 10 book chapters, 60 peer reviewed research papers and 62 papers for the professional press. He has received over $6 million in external research funding since 1993 for research in complementary medicine.


2013 - Present Adjunct Professor, School of Health and Human Sciences, Lismore, Southern Cross University
2013 - Present Human Research Ethics Committee, Southern Cross University

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Honors and Awards

  • 2004 Awarded the prestigious Lady Cilento Award by the Complementary Healthcare Council for a sustained contribution to the field

Contact Information

PO Box 157
Lismore NSW
Australia 2480
Phone: (+61 2) 6620 3643
Fax: (+61 2) 6620 3307


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