About Megan Mathews

Curriculum Vitae

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, Sydney University (1975)
  • Diploma in Osteopathy, NSW College of Osteopathy (1976)
  • Diploma in Naturopathy, NSW College of Osteopathy (1976)
  • Bachelor of Science (Nutrition) by thesis ‘Vietnamese food customs in pregnancy and lactation’, Sydney University (1980)
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Sydney University (1984)
  • Diploma in Medical Herbalism, Southern Cross Herbal School (1992)
  • Diploma in Medical Acupuncture, Prof Anton Jayasuriya, Brisbane (1992)
  • Diploma in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, ACNEM (1993), FACNEM
  • Diploma in Kinesiology, Touch for Heath Synthesis, Instructor status (1992-2003)
  • Apprenticeship in Medical Herbalism with Stephen McKerrell, Sydney (1988-1997)

Work experience

  • Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology, Sydney University (1981)
  • Research Fellow, Preterm Clinic, Sydney (1981)
  • Research Fellow, Tapping Bequest scholarship (Sydney University) to work at Bessie Smythe Foundation, London (1981)
  • Hospital Internship and residency at Newcastle, Hornsby and Canterbury Hospitals (1984-86)
  • Research Fellow in Reproductive Technologies, Royal North Shore Hospital IVF Unit (1986-7)
  • Established a private medical practice (1987-2009)
  • Traveled to USA and Mexico to study the treatments at cancer clinics (1991)
  • Trained five Naturopath apprentices (1994-2009)
  • Began an extensive culinary and therapeutic herb garden/farm (2006)

Videos and CDs & DVDs

  • Vietnam and Health. A tape/slide programme compiled by myself and Ilona Lee of the Multicultural Centre, Sydney Institute of Education in the NSW Department of Public Health. The programme was designed to train health workers in the medical service background and expectations of migrants from Vietnam (1982-3)
  • Indochinese women and our healthcare system. A 12 part video programme compiled by myself and the Newcastle Migrant Health Unit to introduce migrants to reproductive services (1982-3)
  • John of God. A video documentary made with Mark Thomas about the Brazilian healer Joao de Deus (2002)
  • Herbs and nutrients for the Immune System, Essentials of complementary medicine. Audio CD. Business Essentials and ACNEM (2005)

Workshops and Conference papers

  • Vietnamese women – their health perceptions and needs. Immigration and Ethnic Affairs Conference University of NSW, July 1980
  • Traditional healthcare amongst migrants from Vietnam. Conference of the Third World. Monash University, May 1982
  • Contraception and abortion services – use and choice amongst non-migrant women in Sydney. Anthropology and Society Conference, University of NSW, August 1982
  • Homunculus in a petri dish – a historical analysis of the new reproductive technologies. First International Women’s Conference on New Reproductive Technology, Malmo, Sweden, July 1985
  • Nutrition and pregnancy. ACNEM Primary Course, Sydney, September 1999
  • Respiratory tract infections and herbs. ACNEM Primary Course, Sydney, September 1999
  • Urinary tract infections and herbs. ACNEM Primary Course, Sydney, September 1999
  • A natural approach to skin disease. One day practitioner workshop, Sydney, February 2001
  • Gut dysbiosis, parasites and herbs. ACNEM Specialty Course, Sydney, February 2001
  • Ageing skin – a natural approach to skin health. One day practitioner workshop, Sydney, February 2002
  • Plant medicines in AD(H)D. Second Mind of a Child Conference. Sydney, April 2002
  • A herbalists approach to chronic illness. Natural Therapies Trade Expo, Sydney, August 2002
  • ADD – the natural health approach. Public Forum, the Wannabee Foundation, Sydney, August 2002.
  • The role of water in the fundamentals of health. HIV Forum, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, October 2002
  • Digestion – the seat of all disease? One day practitioner workshop, Sydney, February 2003
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin in general practice. General Practitioner Conference and Exhibition, Sydney, May 2003
  • Risk factors for cancer. Natural Therapies Trade Expo, Sydney, August 2003 pharmaciemg.fr
  • The role for hair mineral analysis in general practice. Natural Therapies Upskills Day, Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney, September 2003
  • Fertility. ACNEM Primary Course, Sydney, December 2003
  • The role of Artemesia annua in the treatment of cancer. 5th International Conference on Phytotherapeutics, Canberra, March 2004
  • Pain – the mind body connection. Natural Therapies Trade Expo, Brisbane, April 2004
  • Best Poster Award, shared with Interclinical Laboratory. Scientific Abstract Stream, 13th International Holistic Health Conference (2007)

Publications

  • Mathews ML, Manderson L ‘Infant feeding practices and lactation diets amongst Vietnamese migrants’. Aust. Paediatric J. 1980; 16: 263-266
  • Manderson L, Mathews ML. ‘Vietnamese attitudes towards infant and maternal health’. Med J Aust.1981; 11: 69-72
  • Manderson L, Mathews ML. ‘Vietnamese behavioural and dietary precautions during pregnancy’. Ecol. Food and Nut. 1981; 11: 1-8
  • Mathews ML, Manderson L. ‘Vietnamese behavioural and dietary precautions during lactation’. Ecol. Food and Nut. 1981; 11: 9-16
  • Manderson L, Mathews ML. ‘Care and Conflict: Vietnamese medical beliefs and the Australian healthcare system’. Immigration and Ethnicity in the 80’s. (eds) Burnley IH, Encel S, McCall G. Longman Cheshire, Melbourne 1984
  • Goldstuck ND, Mathews ML. ‘A comparison of the actual and expected pain response following insertion of an intrauterine contraceptive device’. Clin. Reprod. and Fert. 1985; 3: 65-71.
  • Goldstuck ND, Mathews ML. ‘A comparison of the actual and expected pain response following removal of an intrauterine contraceptive device’. Adv. Contracept. Deliv. Syst. 1985; June: 122-125
  • Mathews ML. ‘ADD: A herbal approach to treatment’. The Herbal Doctor 2000; 3: 1-6.
  • Co-authored a website, www.worldherbs.com (2000-2002)
  • ‘Radiant Health, Radiant Skin’. ABC Books and Harper Collins, published 2009
  • Commenced writing Naturopathic core protocols (2008)
  • Commenced writing my next 2 books on Acid-alkaline balance and Mitochondria Health (2009)