The Hemp Health and Innovation Symposium features a range of speakers discussing a variety of topics including medicinal uses of cannabis, health benefits, personal experiences, industrial and agricultural uses of hemp and more. These industry experts can broaden your knowledge and answer all your questions surrounding this game changing plant.
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Pete Evans is an internationally renowned and household chef, restauranteur, author and television presenter. His passion for food and living a healthy lifestyle inspires individuals and families around the world.
A love of food saw Pete begin his career as chef and restaurateur at the age of 19, opening numerous award-winning restaurants nationally as well as cooking in some of the finest restaurants globally.
Pete’s career spans professional kitchens — where you can find him cooking and consulting on new restaurants, menus and concepts — to mainstream media, with numerous television and film appearances. His latest project is the award-winning documentary film The Magic Pill which shows the impact food can have on people’s health, now streaming globally on Netflix.
Pete has been co-host and judge of Australia’s number 1 television show My Kitchen Rules for 9 seasons. He has hosted and produced 2 seasons of The Paleo Way, a television series which sees Pete creating delicious non-inflammatory dishes with special guests from around the globe and interviewing some of the world’s leading experts on health and wellness. Pete also hosts the award-winning PBS series Moveable Feast, now into its 6th season, which sees Pete cooking with leading chefs in the USA and learning where to source amazing local produce. Over the past 20 years, Pete has been host of numerous television series including FISH (cooking, fishing and travel), the Lifestyle Channel’s Home show, Postcards from Home, as well as over 400 episodes of daily cooking show Fresh.
Health House International
Paul is a registered Australian and UK pharmacist. His company Health House was granted the first medicinal cannabis import license in Australia and he is currently distributing medicinal cannabis products to eligible patients. Over the last 30 years he has owned several retail pharmacies and worked both in Australia and the UK. In the last 3 years he has focussed on researching medicinal cannabis and has been to conferences, grow and manufacturing facilities and spoken to patients and prescribers in the US, Canada, Israel and recently South America. www.healthhouse.com.au
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Delta Tetra Consultancy
Prior to moving to Australia in 2015, Tim was prominently involved in the UK medical cannabis initiative, working with some of the industry’s global leaders and has acquired a comprehensive cannabis industry knowledge-set and network base. Tim has worked tirelessly to innovate and progress sensible approaches to cannabis legislation across Europe. This has led to an applicable and practical knowledge of the cannabis industry globally as well as a wealth of experience in medical cannabis and its relating nuances.
As Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Delta Tetra Consultancy, Tim is responsible for the daily management of Delta Tetra and client care.
MHlthSc/DipBus/RN1/Dementia Consultant/Learning & Advisory
“Uplifting Dementia”: http://shimmeringspirit.wix.com/uplifting-dementia
Leah Bisiani has 35 years’ experience within aged /dementia care, establishing a highly skilled knowledge basis as a global leader in this field.
Her primary vision has focused on changing negative cultures and philosophies of care associated with people living with dementia, providing a voice that confronts current practice and advocates their rights. Leah has a passionate dedication towards Best Practice and is constantly researching and utilizing progressive and innovative approaches to obtain the highest possible quality of life for people living with dementia. She distributes and publishes her evidence-based research within the medical field, aged care sector and community, and sits on advisory boards worldwide.
Additionally, Leah advocates the therapeutic attributes of medicinal cannabis. Emphasised is, her focus on medicinal cannabis is unrelated and independent to her work with persons living with dementia. In 2015 Leah published a submission to the Victorian Law Reform discussing her support of medicinal cannabis as a healing medicine.
She has become a popular and prominent speaker at other foremost Australian and Global medicinal cannabis conferences, symposiums and summits, deliberating the promising therapeutic benefits of medicinal cannabis for the treatment of chronic intractable pain in the older population.
Her philosophy embodies Mahatma Ghand’s belief:
“Be the Change You Want to See in the World”.
Symposium MC: Medical Cannabis Research Australia
Sharlene is a Medical Scientist (BAppSc -Medical Laboratory Science) and director of Medical Cannabis Research Australia who has been researching how Medical Cannabis may treat an ever-increasing array of disorders. Her university background in diagnostic pathology gives her the knowledge to understand disease processes in the human body.
She’s travelled to the US, Canada, Israel, Colombia and Chile to learn firsthand from the leading researchers in this new field of cannabinoid science. She’s passionate about sharing this knowledge by educating others under the banner of her charity Medical Cannabis Research Australia. She is committed to advocating for use and access to medical cannabis for patients in Australia as well as promoting more research to give clinicians the evidence they require to pursue this treatment for their patients, both in Australia and in the rest of the world.
Dr John Teh
Medical Director Plant Med, Cannabinoid Clinician and Clinical Educator
Dr John Teh has been working within the Medicinal Cannabis industry since the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal use in Australia in February, 2016. Dr Teh is a medical educator for all aspects of medicinal cannabis. As an avid organic farmer and permaculture expert, treatment with natural whole plant products in conjunction with conventional medical treatment has always been a top personal priority for Dr Teh.
Dr Ben Jansen
Director of Cannabis Doctors Australia and CDA Health Educator, Advocate and Presciber of Medicinal Cannabis
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Director of Cannabis Doctors Australia and CDA Health Educator, Advocate and Presciber of Medicinal Cannabis
CEO of Epilepsy Action Australia
Carol is a founding Director of the newly constituted Medicinal Cannabis Council. Carol has heard and seen the changes in people’s lives, including reduction in the severity and frequency of seizures, resulting from use of medicinal cannabis. She is an active advocate for people living with epilepsy.
Dr Matua Jansen
Director of Cannabis Doctors Australia Pty Ltd
Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer for Delta Tetra Consultancy
Hamish has a vast knowledge of the regulated cannabis markets with a specialization in botanical extraction. Moreover, with personal and professional connections to the overseas medical cannabis markets, Hamish possesses a knowledgeable data base of the regulated cannabis industry and its best business practices. He has developed his international business & commerce skills with an involvement in several domestic start-ups and medical cannabis operations in North America
As Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer for Delta Tetra Consultancy, Hamish is for responsible for all operational and manufacturing oversight. Hamish has brought a wealth of experience regarding operating commercial scale medical cannabis businesses as well as the astute financial oversight required in a new and developing industry.
Business Development Manager at Delta Tetra
Chris is a motivated entrepreneur, business leader and visionary. Arriving with a wealth of cannabusiness experience with an emphasis on commercial operations and deal flow, Delta Tetra is excited to have added a proven grassroots talent to our ranks.
As the founder of Leafcann, Chris has demonstrated an exemplary track record for opportunity identification and deal flow – a key skillset for any budding start-up or business. Chris offers a unique practical understanding of strategy and operations specifically cultivated under Australian regulations.
As Business Development Manager at Delta Tetra, Chris has been set out to develop and orchestrate both domestic and international supporting partners as well as identifying industry leading innovation and best practices, with the express purpose of tailoring solutions for Australia's medical cannabis groups.
CEO of Textile & Composite Industries Pty Ltd
Charles Kovess is the CEO of Textile & Composite Industries Pty Ltd, inventors and owners of a unique hemp decorticator that is manufactured in Geelong. He has been heavily involved in global hemp markets since 2012, helping to expand understanding of possibilities for the hemp industry and how hemp can be a game-changer for agribusiness both in Australia, and globally. Charles earned his Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Master of Laws, practised law successfully for 20 years, and since 1993 has established a global business as a professional speaker, author, educator, and executive coach.
President of the Industrial Hemp Association
It was James' passion for the environment that led to his first involvement in industrial hemp in 2009. His interest in all aspects of industrial hemp soon expanded and he has addressed many forums on the benefits of hemp for the economy, the environment, as food and as medicine.
James is the President of the Industrial Hemp Association of NSW, an organisation whose members have been prime movers in the legalisation of hemp as food. He is President of the Australian Industrial Hemp Alliance (AIHA) a national organisation representing members from all Australian states. He is also the Chair of the AIHA sub-committee on medicinal cannabis.
Dr Teresa Towpik
Chief Medical Officer of Compass Lifestyle Clinics & MediHuanna
Dr Towpik has been a General Practitioner in Australia since 1993 and an advocate of medicinal cannabis since the law was amended and cannabis was legalised for medicinal use. Since then she has been studying the therapeutic properties of cannabis, how it works in the human body and the potential applications in General Practice, especially in the management of chronic debilitating pain.
In 2016, Dr Towpik founded MediHuanna, an organisation that provides science-based medicinal cannabis education for Health Professionals. Dr Towpik sees cannabis as a therapeutic agent that has huge potential in General Practice. Her goal is to change the stigma behind cannabis through education, enabling it to be seen as an important medicine that should be integrated into modern medicine.
In 2018, Dr Towpik became a Chief Medical Officer for Compass Lifestyle Clinic. The goal and vision for this clinic is to incorporate medicinal cannabis together with other modules of healing to enhance the therapeutic outcomes for the patients. Dr Towpik strongly believes in doctors and other health professionals such as chiropractors, psychologists, naturopaths, and nurse practitioners working together to provide a holistic model of care.
Director of Research & Compliance for CANNATREK and Director of Research Programs for the AIMC – Australian Institute for Medical Cannabis
Prescribed Patient and Director – Medical Cannabis Research Australia
Hemp Homes Australia
Gary has been involved in the Australian Hemp Industry since 1995. He is the owner of one of Australia’s long established and largest hemp retail business, the Margaret River HempCo. He is also owner/builder of Hemp Homes Australia.
His main advocacy is to promote the Australian Hemp Industry, by using only Australian Hemp Building products, whilst also supporting local industries.
Throughout his long involvement with Industrial Hemp, Gary’s philosophy is to promote the many benefits of Industrial Hemp. From the primary source of growing hemp, to its many products, including clothes, fabric, bodycare, food and now the building industry.
Beginning with his ownership of the retail business of the Margaret River HempCo, Gary, a builder by profession, has developed his knowledge, experience and expertise of the use of Industrial Hemp as a natural building resource.
His recent acquisition of a decortication facility in WA, has progressed his involvement, understanding and ability to show the process of the journey of the hemp crop from the field to its many and various finished products.
Director at Primal Organix
Frank Giampieri has been working in the natural medicine space for almost a decade. After many years working as an award-winning Pastry Chef, a serious neck injury caused early retirement and much pain. Searching for alternatives to potentially addictive and dangerous drugs for pain relief was high on the agenda. After much study and trials, he was able to create safe non-addictive products that gave much needed relief of his pain. Concentrating on the endocannabinoid system and the balance and relief it can bring to the body.
Over the last 4 years Frank has been working with Doctors, Specialists and Pharmacists, offering his natural products to treat patients and obtaining outstanding results. Leading to the creation of the entourage range.
Frank is at the forefront of Terpene based medicines creating products that interact with our body to bring relief from many common ailments.
Frank is currently gaining a diploma in cannabis medicine from The Cannabis Training University.