Making a difference in the life of a person with cancer

BioMedica Oncology Summit 2020 | ICC Sydney
Event Details

It is with great disappointment that we announce the cancellation of our Oncology Summit: Making a difference in the life of a person with cancer, which was scheduled for 2 May 2020.

Given the excitement and scope of potential surrounding this event it has been a difficult decision, however in the current environment I’m sure that you will support this action as the right thing to do for our staff and practitioner community.

We certainly appreciate the interest that this event has created and will endeavour to find an alternate solution to ensure the best possible learning outcome.

About the Event

Organised and run by BioMedica Nutraceuticals, the Oncology Summit 2020, brings together pre-eminent International and National speakers in the fields of oncology and natural medicine. As the incidence of cancer continues to rise, there is an urgent need to ensure that patients are not only surviving cancer, but living well.

The Summit aims to equip practitioners with the knowledge and confidence to make a difference in the life of a person with cancer.

Why Attend

There are currently over 1 million people in Australia who are living with or have lived with cancer. Overall incidence continues to rise with cancer being the leading cause of mortality, accounting for 3 out of every 10 deaths.

After diagnosis, many patients experience a wide range of emotions including despair, disbelief or confusion. Holistic and natural medicine practitioners are well placed to offer significant support to patients at every stage of their cancer journey.

Quality of life for patients with cancer

Quality of life is a daily concern for patients with cancer and can be significantly affected by the diagnosis, treatment, and the disease itself and involves physical, psychological and social considerations.

Clinical outcomes of holistic management

One of the most important clinical outcomes of the holistic management of a person living with cancer is the enormous potential to improve their quality of life.

Number of people in Australia living with or have lived with cancer

Estimated cancer diagnoses of Australians in 2019

Estimated number of cancer deaths in Australia in 2019

Who should attend?

Healthcare professionals seeking to broaden their understanding of effective holistic treatment strategies for the cancer patient.
The Summit is Strictly Practitioner Only and not suitable for members of the general public.

Our Speakers

Join six world-class speakers as they explore the latest research in integrative oncology and share practical clinical tools for supporting a person with cancer, expertly MC’d by Prof. Alan Bensoussan. View session topics and synopses.

Petrea King

Petrea King

ND, D.R.M., D.B.M., Dip.Cl.Hyp., I.Y.T.A.

CEO of the Quest for Life Foundation

Petrea King is founder and CEO of the Quest for Life Foundation which focuses on increasing people’s resilience and emotional stamina when living in the midst of highly stressful environments or situations. Petrea is a best-selling author of 9 books and a dozen meditation practices. She is a frequent keynote speaker at medical and other conferences, a facilitator, teacher and trainer and, for the past 15 years, has been a monthly guest on ABC’s Midweek Conference with Richard Glover where she discusses the challenges of living a meaningful life in the midst of illness, trauma, difficult circumstances and tragedy.


Ben Pfeifer

Prof. Ben Pfeifer


Professor & Director of Research Aeskulap-International, Lucerne, Switzerland

Professor Ben Pfeifer, M.D., Ph.D., a passionate medical doctor and scientist for 46 years, received his medical education and specialty training in Germany, the USA and Switzerland. His specialties and main interests are immunology, intensive care medicine, oncology, stem cell research. Since more than 20 years he practices complementary cancer therapy and consults on patients worldwide. For his achievements, Professor Pfeifer was honored with the Humboldt-Prize in Germany and the Immunology-Research Prize in the USA. He has published over 60 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, several book chapters for medical textbooks, and the first textbook of “Integrative Oncology”.


Rupert Handgretinger

Prof. Rupert Handgretinger


Professor and Department Chair Children's University Hospital University of Tübingen, Germany

Rupert Handgretinger, M.D., is since 2005 to now Professor of Pediatrics and the chairman of the Department of General Pediatrics and Hematology/Oncology at the Children’s University Hospital in Tübingen, Germany. The Children’s University Hospital is one of the largest Children’s Hospitals in Germany and as various programs, including allogeneic stem cell and organ transplantation. From 2000–2005, he was the director of the Division of Stem Cell Transplantation at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, USA, where he served as a full faculty member and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. Prof. Handgretinger’s main research interests have been the introduction of new approaches to allogeneic stem cell transplantation as well as the development of novel approaches to cellular immunotherapies for various forms of cancer. He has authored and co-authored >450 papers in peer-reviewed journals and contributed to various textbooks dealing with stem cell transplantation and immunotherapy.

Garth Harris

BSc (BioMed)

Clinical Director of BioMedica Nutraceuticals

Garth Harris is the Managing Director of Comprehensive Health in Roseville NSW, and a Director and Co-Founder of BioMedica Nutraceuticals. Garth has been consulting in nutritional medicine and natural therapies for over 25 years. He has extensive experience in working with cancer patients on a daily basis, and is considered to be one of the leading integrative oncology practitioners in Australia. His extensive clinical experience and interest in educating other practitioners in best clinical practice, ensures his seminars and workshops are an empowering and worthwhile experience for all attendees. Garth has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Science (Biochemistry) from the University of Technology Sydney, as well as Diplomas in Nutrition and Medical Herbalism.


Stuart Houghton

Stuart Houghton

Adv.DipNat Adv.DipNut Adv.DipWHM Dip.Kin Dip.RM Dip.Spt 

Founder and Owner of Body Belief Therapies

Stuart Houghton is the founder, owner and principle clinical healthcare Practitioner at Body Belief Therapies. He is highly qualified with a multidisciplinary background and has over 10 years of clinical practice. Stuart is accredited as a Naturopath, Nutritionist, Western Herbalist, Kinesiologist, Sports Therapist and Remedial Therapist.

Stuart is passionate about professional complementary medicine care and believes in educating his patients about their presenting conditions as well as to utilise the benefits of both complementary healthcare and medical health care systems. Stuart is currently taking part in N of 1 clinical research trial on complementary ingestive medicine. He also presents formally for both public and professional bodies, disseminating knowledge relating to chronic disease and translating scientific research into effective clinical outcomes.


Wendy McLean

Dr. Wendy McLean

BAdvSci(Hons), BHSc (Naturopathy), PhD

Naturopath & Technical Education Associate

Dr Wendy McLean is a naturopath with a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy). She uses an evidence-based approach to holistic medicine, integrating modern naturopathic science with traditional knowledge and current medical research.
After completing a Bachelor of Science and PhD in Earth and Environmental Science, Wendy worked in the field as a hydrogeologist where she saw firsthand the impacts of our modern lifestyle on the environment and human health. Wendy was also involved in environmental research as an Australian
Research Council Fellow, and has lectured in environmental science and participated on government expert advisory committees. Her experiences lead her to becoming passionate about environmental medicine, and pursuing a career in naturopathy. Wendy’s passion is for educating and empowering others to understand and minimise the impact their environment is having on their health and wellbeing.

Prof. Alan Bensoussan

PhD, MSc, AdvCAc, DipAc, PG DipEd, BSc

Director of NICM, Master of Ceremonies for the Summit

Professor Alan Bensoussan is Director of the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) at the University of Western Sydney.

He is one of Australia’s prominent complementary medicine researchers with a focus on Chinese medicine research and clinical practice spanning 25 years. 

What You Walk Away With


Practical clinical insights from International and National leading integrative oncology physicians, which can be immediately integrated into your clinical practice – view session topics and synopses

Increased confidence in delivering effective clinical interventions for patients at various stages of their cancer journey
An appreciation of holistic treatment priorities in the cancer patient


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International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney)
14 Darling Drive, Sydney NSW 2000

Saturday 2 May 2020

9.00am – 5.00pm with registration from 8.00am and cocktails and canapés post-event

10 minute walk from Town Hall station

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1 minute walk from Convention light rail station

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Wilson car park at $16 (pre-paid) for full day parking

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Darling Harbour is 8km from Sydney Airport

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