Making a difference in the life of a person with cancer

BioMedica International Oncology Summit 2021
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Friday 19 - Saturday 20 March, 2021 at 1.00pm AEDT








About the Event

Organised and run by BioMedica Nutraceuticals, the International Oncology Summit 2021, 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 2020

Estimated number of cancer deaths in Australia in 2020

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.  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.

Andrew Whitfield-Cook


Founder of Natural Medicine Partners

Andrew Whitfield-Cook has over 28 years in the natural medicine industry and profession, having worked on sales, research liaison, education and most recently as host of FX Medicine Podcast. Andrew Whitfield-Cook is a renowned interviewer and podcast host across the Natural/Functional Medicine professions. Previously of FX Medicine Podcast, Andrew has since founded Natural Medicine Partners, a collaborative educational platform designed to enhance the skillset and safety of practitioners, worldwide.

Andrew Whitfield-Cook has a reputation for both making guests feel at ease while probing for the right information to help practitioners improve their skillset and safe practice. Andrew has a special interest in ensuring cancer patients receive advocacy and optimal and holistic support.

Stuart Houghton

Tanya Wells

GCHPE, B.Sc., B.H.Sc

Director and Lead Clinician at Melbourne Integrative Oncology Group

Tanya Wells is the Founder and Director of MIOG. She has over 22 years of experience in integrative clinical practice and education.

Tanya’s special interest and expertise is in the research and development of personalised Integrative Oncology Programs. With the belief that “there is no one-size-fits-all approach” in cancer care, she utilises the most effective Evidence Based Complementary Medicines (EBCM) to work in conjunction with conventional treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Her main goals in the integrative space are to minimise adverse effects and maximise successful outcomes of treatment. Tanya also provides research and guidance regarding the long-term reduction of cancer risk or recurrence and support of survivorship issues.

Having visited and worked in multiple international Integrative Oncology Hospitals, Tanya is continually developing MIOG Integrative Oncology programs and sharing her knowledge with her team of practitioners. Over the last 20 years she has built a comprehensive personal research database that, when combined with clinical experience, forms a solid foundation for clinical decision making in oncology. With the constant cycle of health fads and patient’s ‘Dr Googling’, this solid research base is an essential grounding when supporting patients and collaborating with medical staff.

Tanya is an experienced lecturer at tertiary level, she has written and presented a range of ‘Drug-EBCM Interactions’ seminars for Medical Professionals and is a contributing author to a range of clinical textbooks.


Stuart Houghton

Vivian Klaver

BHsc (Nut Med), B(Psych, Mngmt/Mkt)

Clinical Nutritionist at Melbourne Integrative Oncology Group

Vivian is the Clinical Nutritionist at Melbourne Integrative Oncology Group, supporting patients with an Oncology diagnosis. 

Vivian graduated with a Bachelor of Nutritional Medicine in 2007 following a degree in Psychology and Business. She has a strong passion for research and manages MIOG’s interactions and research database. She is also a strong advocate for the effective utilisation of appropriate pathology and functional testing applications.

Viv is highly knowledgeable regarding the personalised tailoring of nutritional support in all oncology presentations. She conducts comprehensive assessments of patients’ past history, cancer type and treatment protocol to determine what evidence-based approach is the best practice for the individual. She calmly and practically guides patients through the conflicting information and questions in the ever-changing nutritional space and fills an important gap where the conventional medical model lacks adequate support.

Whether high-level guidance, or specific, step by step support, Vivian is experienced in the implementation of various interventional nutrition protocols including ketogenic diets and the functional maintenance of ketosis, pesco-vegetarian and vegan diets, various intermittent fasting protocols and fluid fasting.


Garth Harris

BSc (BioMed)

Co-founder and 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.

Wendy McLean

Daniel Baden


Co-founder and Director Innovation of BioMedica Nutraceuticals

Daniel is the co-founder and Director Innovation of BioMedica Nutraceuticals. He is a qualified Naturopath and Homoeopath with over 30 years of clinical and industry experience. Daniel has been providing technical support to practitioners and assisting various groups in research projects for many years. Having published several articles, consulted on natural medicines to various media groups, and lectured to the general public, undergraduates and practitioners since 1990, Daniel brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to all things BioMedica.

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

An opportunity to meet, trade contact details and exchange ideas one-on-one with other attendees and speakers