Additional Resources

The Gawler Cancer Foundation is part of a global community of pioneers, researchers and clinicians who are advocates for an integrative medical approach to chronic illness, health and wellbeing.

Following is a list of like-minded organisations and individuals:

Dr Ian and Ruth Gawler, Insight Health Services
Dr Ian Gawler is an Australian pioneer in Mind-Body Medicine and founder of The Gawler Cancer Foundation. The author of 6 bestselling books including You Can Conquer Cancer and Meditation – an In Depth Guide (with Paul Bedson), Ian has spent the last 35 years developing a wide range of self-help techniques that integrate lifestyle practices with contemporary medicine.  Ian is a long-term cancer survivor and presents regular programs at the Foundation with his wife Dr Ruth Gawler, a GP with special intersts in this same field. To find out more about the Gawler’s work visit and newsletter-blog:

Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis (OMS)
Professor George Jelinek is the founder of the OMS website and writer of the popular book of the same name. OMS is a positive lifestyle programme that aims to help people live long, healthy lives without the usual problems associated with multiple sclerosis. OMS is based on rigorous scientific research and offers the real potential for people with MS to recover, using relatively simple mainstream secondary and tertiary prevention with appropriate modification of lifestyle risk factors.

Professor Avni Sali
The Foundation Director of the National Institute for Integrative Medicine (NIIM) in Melbourne, and President of the International Council of Integrative Medicine (ICIM).

Professor Dean Ornish 
Professor Dean Ornish is President and Founder of the non-profit Preventative Medicine Research Institute, as well as Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California. Professor Ornish directed the first randomised controlled trial demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may slow, stop or even reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer.

Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn
Professor of Medicine Emeritus and Founding Director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts. He is the author of many books on meditation and its clinical applications including: “Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness” and “The Mind’s Own Physician” – a scientific dialogue with the Dalai Lama on the Healing Power of Meditation (co-authored with Richard Davidson).

Michael Lerner, Ph.D
President and Founder of Commonweal, a health and environmental research institute in California. The Commonweal Cancer Help Program conducts a weeklong support and learning program for people with cancer. The Commonweal program is similar in principle to the Gawler Foundation’s cancer program. Dr Michael Lerner is the author of “Choices in Healing”, a comprehensive review of the range of complementary treatments for cancer.

Professor T. Colin Campbell
American biochemist who specializes in the effects of nutrition on long-term health and chronic illness. He is Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University and was one the leading scientists in the China-Oxford-Cornell study on diet and disease (published in 2004 as “The China Study” – an international best-seller).

Professor Marc Cohen
Foundation Professor of Complementary Medicine at RMIT University. Professor Cohen is a complementary medicine practitioner and researcher who has pioneered the introduction of complementary medicine into mainstream settings.

Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA)
The Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA) is the peak medical body representing the doctors and other health care professionals who practice integrative medicine. Integrative medicine is a philosophy of healthcare with a focus on individual patient care and combining the best of conventional western medicine and evidence-based complementary medicine and therapies within current mainstream medical practice. AIMA is an independent not-for-profit organisation supported by its membership and governed by a board of voluntary doctors and academic leaders in the field of integrative medicine. As we expand and diversify, we remain true to our Core Mission: To act as the peak medical body promoting the practice of evidence-based integrative medicine, research and education as the gold standard for optimising wellbeing, prevention and management of disease in Australasian healthcare systems.

Australian Meditation Teachers Association (AMTA)
AMTA is an Australia-wide registered incorporated not-for-profit association. It has been established as a peak body in order to represent the various paths, styles and techniques of Australian meditation teachers. It also represents the interests of meditation teachers, organisations, and the general public who share an interest in meditation.

The National Institute of Integrative Medicine (NIIM) is a not-for-profit organisation that brings together education and

research in Integrative Medicine, as well as facilitating its practice at the NIIM Clinic.

NIIM is Australia’s largest integrative medical institute, conducting research into complementary and integrative therapies and technologies, as well as delivering educational programs in Integrative Medicine to the public and medical community.

The National Institute for Integrative Medicine
The NIIM Clinic offers the best evidence-based conventional and complementary treatments for cancer, heart disease, dementia, diabetes and other illnesses. At NIIM, we empower people to take control of their health.

Cansurvive Research Association – Queensland
Cansurvive provides guidance, research information and support to cancer patients.

Australian College on Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM)
ACNEM is a non-profit medical college offering postgraduate training and education for doctors and other graduate healthcare professionals.
The ACNEM Primary Modules offer foundation training in NEM, covering the key nutritional, environmental and biochemical factors in health and well-being, and treatment approaches to many of the conditions seen in primary care.
The ACNEM Primary Modules are pitched at a post-graduate medical level, providing the nutritional biochemistry not taught at medical school or during registrar training. With practical tools to aid integration into daily practice, the Primary Modules enable practitioners to begin practising NEM confidently and safely.  Click here for more information.

Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association (ALMA)
ASLM (formerly ALMA) was initially established to provide for the needs, training and education of GPs and allied health professionals accredited to provide services under the Medicare Team Care Arrangement (TCA), however has since flourished as a true multidisciplinary society, bring together doctors, allied health practitioners and public health professionals in Australasia and South East Asia.