The Connection Conference was created to bring Chinese medicine practitioners the engagement and sense of connection of a live conference, in an online format.  

We promise you a full day of clinically relevant and engaging presentations to re-invigorate your passion for Chinese medicine.

The online Connection Conference format has proven to be extremely popular and well loved by our Chinese medicine community, with hundreds of practitioners attending our live online events in 2020. So we are doing it again for a third time, hosting the third Connection Conference on Sunday 3rd October, 2021.

A percentage of ticket sales will be donated to the Acupuncture Now Foundation Australia, helping to promote acupuncture awareness in our wider community.

Sunday 3rd October, 2021.

6 Speakers | 7 CPD points | 10am-6pm AEST

Come and Connect with us on Sunday 3rd October via live Zoom webinar. All ticket holders will be able to watch the recording anytime in the 7 days after the event. So you can attend all or part of the event live, and watch any of the recordings as many times as you like in the week after.

The Connection Conference is brought to you by Clare Pyers and Kirsten (organisers of IICMC). Clare and Kirsten, and a group of awesome speakers have banded together to give back to our community, whilst supporting Acupuncture Now Australia..

Connection Conference 3 is proudly sponsored by The Herb Grove. Founded by master herbalist Steve Clavey and his team, The Herb Grove bring their 30 years of dispensing expertise to help your clinic and your patients get better results. They have a vast range of herbs, and do all the pao zhi you can wish for, giving you all the benefits of customised raw herb formulas for your patients, without the headache, time and space needed for running your own dispensary. With care and attention, they can send herbal formulas to your patients anywhere in Australia, whilst you get on with running your clinic and seeing your patients. Please support our sponsor by visiting their website, or get in touch with them to find out more about using raw herb formulas for your patients.

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We value all voices in Chinese Medicine, and want to give a voice to more female practitioners.  While women make up 55-60% of treating practitioners, they are underrepresented and only comprise 25% of a typical academic conference. This statistic motivated us to take action, by supporting more women practitioners to become speakers and share their clinical experience on a connected and compassionate stage. 

The Connection Conference provides curated, clinically-relevant content on a range of interesting topics, from fresh female voices in Chinese medicine. Because the more voices we have sharing their knowledge and experience, the richer our medicine becomes. 


  • Whether you are an experienced practitioner or a student of Chinese medicine, if you are interested in practical clinical applications rather than just theoretical knowledge, then this conference is for you.
  • This live event will be an info-packed day of learning from seven passionate speakers who will share their clinical experience on a range of topics from women’s health to professional and personal development, and expanding your herbal prescribing skills.
  • Join us on Sunday 3rd October, for this special live online event, from the comfort of your own lounge room. Connect with your fellow practitioners throughout the event via the chat function, have your questions answered and learn things that you can apply in your clinic right away.
  • The Connection Conference is delivered online, which means you save on travel costs and can attend from anywhere in the world, regardless of any travel restrictions. It is accessible for all Australian and New Zealand practitioners and students, as well as worldwide if the timezone works.


Our speakers are all highly experienced practitioners who generously share their knowledge and unique perspectives on topics that they are passionate about.

Based in Australia, they have come together to supercharge their communication skills, and will deliver presentations that are both interesting, packed with information, and, most importantly, entertaining.

Mandy Gratzer - Pillars for practice for new and established practitioners - mentorship, marketing, and starting again

Mandy's been in practice for 17 years. She trained in Perth and completed an internship in Hang Zhou, China. After running a clinic in Darwin for 12 years, Mandy and her family moved to Perth 4 years ago where she now practices. Mandy has served on the AACMA State Committee for NT and now WA. Her passion lies in serving her community and drove her to create a mentorship course for Acupuncturist graduates to guide them through setting up in clinic.

In her talk Mandy will draw on her experience of having to ‘start again’ and share her expertise in growing a practice with good foundations for clinic success. When you’ve always done what you’ve always done, there is the tendency to become stagnant in the familiar. But what happens when the rug is pulled out from underneath you? Or you’re starting again? Or you're ready for something more? Having a strategy to approach that takes out the overwhelm, knowing that you’re not alone and that others have been where you’ve been is of great use. That’s where your pillars of practice are crucial. Mentorship & peer support that is industry relevant is fundamental for professional development. Marketing and understanding how you can harness your social media are fundamentals for your modern day business.

Lisa Johnson - Treatment of Amenorrhea

Lisa began her studies in TCM in 1997 and graduated in 2004. Operating in private practice for over 13 years, in 2018 she decided to move Fremantle Acupuncture to a multidisciplinary clinic.

Lisa is a dedicated and passionate TCM Practitioner, having overcome her own health challenges using Chinese Medicine, she is confident and experienced.

In 2008 Lisa became a Mother and her desire to help Women in Pregnancy was born. Connecting with Midwives primarily, Lisa also volunteered her time to support Maternity Choices Australia.

Lisa will be sharing her clinical experience in relation to treating this somewhat complicated pathology. Lisa will discuss three different amenorrhea case studies from her clinical practice, as well as providing her treatment protocol for amenorrhea.

Mary-Jo Bevin - Chinese herbal bootcamp 

Mary-Jo Bevin has been practicing Chinese medicine in Melbourne, Australia for the past 18 years. She combines her background in research science with her continued study into many facets of Chinese medicine to gain a deeper understanding of how it all works in clinical practice. She has a passion for all facets of women’s health, from menarche to menopause and everything in between, and also enjoys the challenge of treating complex internal medicine conditions. 

Mary-Jo is a self-proclaimed “herb nerd” and loves the results her patients get with Chinese herbs. In her talk, she will share her strategies for modifying herbal formulas, knowing which herb to select in various scenarios, as well as the superpowers of some of her favorite herbs. This will help to broaden the scope and flexibility of your herbal prescribing, to get a better fit for your patient and even better results.

Peta Favier - What happens in Vagus doesn’t stay in Vagus: Clinical insights and treatment strategies for complex cases.

Peta has 30 years experience in the treatment of musculoskeletal and pain conditions. She began her career as a massage therapist in 1990 before studying acupuncture at ACNM (now Endeavour College) Brisbane and graduated in 1998. She has practised full time ever since. Peta has a deeply grounded knowledge of the complex nature of pain and its underlying correlates from both a TCM and Western perspective, including the body/mind connection. 

A pragmatic and hands-on clinician, Peta also incorporates cranio-sacral therapy, fascial release techniques (Anatomy Trains) and Japanese Acupuncture to find the underlying cause. This combined approach allows for assessment and feedback at many levels of interwoven systems and better outcomes for patients long-term. Peta is now sharing her expertise and teaches a streamlined approach to palpation and assessment for rapidly improving clinical results

At this year's conference, Peta is discussing the vagus nerve and its applications and implications in clinical practice. The Vagus Nerve is the 10th cranial nerve (Cranial Nerve X). It is a superhighway of information between the brain the body and a major regulator of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). This lecture explores the implications of ANS dis-regulation and the variety of chronic health issues which may arise.

Polyvagal Theory is Dr Stephen Porges’ contribution to trauma- informed therapy. Also called “the science of safety”, this approach can inform our clinical work with patients who are stuck in stubborn patterns of disease. There are many correlations with TCM, Yin/Yang theory, 5-elements, Yang-Shen and Qi-Gong. Peta will share some reliable treatment strategies for difficult clinical cases.

Lois Nethery - Luo-point release for emotional transformation: a simple and safe Classical acupuncture method for all practitioners

Lois Nethery has been in practice for over fifteen years. Over the past ten years she has been drawn to Classical Chinese Medicine, first by studying the Hunyuan Medicine certification program for several years with Dr Yaron Seidman, with whom she co-authored Chinese Medicine Liberation: Inner Documents. 

Lois began her studies in the lineage of Daoist priest Jeffrey Yuen in 2016, with renowned practitioner, teacher and author Ann Cecil-Sterman. She continues in that lineage, learning from teachers including Andrew Sterman and Sean Tuten. Lois is dedicated to propagating the transmission of this lineage and creating community for practitioners interested in the study and practice of Classical Chinese Medicine. She offers study groups for practical help as well as co-hosting a Facebook discussion group.

In her talk, Lois will introduce a safe and powerful method for promoting emotional transformation through Luo point release. As practitioners, we can often detect that emotional pain or past trauma is holding our patients back on their path to true healing. Releasing this “Shen stasis” creates much-needed emotional space and invites your patient into the perfection of the present moment. Using this simple method, specific verbal cues from your patient will help you to identify the Luo channel that’s asking for release. The technique is quick to perform, so it can be combined in a session with your usual acupuncture style.

Clare Pyers - Stuck on Yu: The Role of Blood Stasis in Hormonal Health and Fertility

Clare is a Chinese medicine practitioner who started off in Chemical Engineering before finding her way to Chinese medicine. She brings her analytical skills and love of science and maths to her heart focused style of practicing Chinese medicine. Clare loves to find the areas of overlap between mainstream medicine and Chinese medicine, and has written a book Integrative TCM Guide: Pathology to document the framework she uses to translate between the two paradigms. Clare studied Chinese medicine at Victoria University and completed an internship in China. She has been in full time clinical practice since 2005, and brings clinical insights to her presentations that are always filled with gems of wisdom that you can use immediately in your practice.

Endometriosis, autoimmune infertility, uterine fibroids, adenomyosis are some of the conditions that commonly show in our clinics. Blood stasis often plays a role in these and many other hormonal conditions - however it is a pattern that isn't always easy to identify in our patients. It can be tricky in the way it presents, throwing off red herrings that can lead us astray to other diagnoses. Being able to identify and unknot stagnant blood is an important skill for practitioners to develop and refine, and often requires a multi-faceted approach to achieve clinical success. In her presentation, Clare will be discussing Blood stasis and the many ways it presents in clinic. Clare will also talk about her favourite treatment strategies for blood stasis patterns in hormonal health and fertility conditions. 


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  • Livestream viewing of all 6 presentations
  • 7 AACMA/AHPRA CPD Points
  • Breaks at home for Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • $5 from every ticket purchase goes straight to the Acupuncture Now Foundation
  • The best value CPD points
  • 7 days access to replay of each presentation - watch as many times as you like

Tickets just $89 

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