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Meet the Keynote Speakers

Salvatore Battaglia

About Salvatore

Salvatore Battaglia has been passionate about natural therapies for most of his life. He has qualifications in herbal medicine, natural therapies, acupuncture and Aromatherapy. His dedication to Aromatherapy has seen him hold many positions in professional associations and government committees to ensure that the educational standards of professional Aromatherapy in Australia are maintained and improved. Salvatore has been teaching aromatherapy since 1988. He is often called upon to speak at international conferences about aromatherapy, running a holistic and ethical business and what it means to go natural and organic. Salvatore has been an advisor to hospital boards and nursing homes to establish Aromatherapy clinical trials for pain management, intensive care and depression and for the management of dementia and aged care.

He is the author of The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, which was first published in 1994. To date, more than 130,000 copies of The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy have been sold. The book is internationally acclaimed as a textbook and has now been translated into Japanese and Korean. He has recently published his new book Aroma Tree – the tree of life.

In 1991, Salvatore created Perfect Potion, a manufacturer of certified organic aromatherapy products, natural skin care and essential oils, whose purpose is to naturally enhance people’s lives. Perfect Potion has been regarded by government and industry regulators as having established the benchmark for aromatherapy products in Australia. Perfect Potion has enabled Salvatore to see his lifelong dreams come true – expressing creativity by creating a diverse range of innovative education programs to empower people to take responsibility of their wellbeing through natural means such as aromatherapy.

For more information please visit: www.perfectpotion.com.au


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Internationally renowned author and lecturer in aromatherapy

Salvatore's talk will examine the truth behind the chakras, examining the history and association of tantra and the theosophical society, as well as explaining how the new age movement appropriated the concept of chakras to establish a framework for the development of our consciousness: For many of us involved in aromatherapy and subtle therapies, chakras have become part of our mainstream lingua franca. However, most of what we know of chakras today is a Western construct. I am often disappointed that many books written on chakras do not acknowledge the true origins and early history of chakras. In my presentation we will examine the true origin of the chakras and how this has helped establish a contemporary framework to help us understand the relationship between our subtle energetic body, our emotions, our physical wellbeing and our spiritual wellbeing. We will examine the relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Happiness Report and the chakras. We review the scientific evidence for the existence of chakras and explore how essential oils can be used to awaken your body’s subtle energy through an awareness of the chakras and to become aware of the psychospiritual forces that integrate our body, mind and spirit.

Dr Peter Mackereth 

About Peter

Peter has worked as a nurse in intensive care, neurology and oncology.  He is an Honorary Lecturer/Researcher at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust & Therapist St Ann’s Hospice Manchester. He has also been a Nurse Lecturer and Reader within the University setting. Peter has an MA in Medical Ethics and has completed a PhD project examining reflexology vs. relaxation training for people with MS.  He has trained in acupuncture, hypnotherapy, body psychotherapy, aromatherapy/massage and reflexology. Peter has authored a number of papers and books and speaks nationally and internationally on complementary therapies, cancer care and smoking cessation. For 15 years Peter led the Complementary Health & Wellbeing Team at The Christie in Manchester. He established and evaluated a staff therapy service and has been providing clinical supervision to nurses and therapists for over 20 years. Peter’s recent and on-going studies include; evaluating interventions for needle anxiety and phobia, fatigue, smoking cessation, peripheral neuropathy and lung cancer related breathlessness.


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Honorary Lecturer/Researcher at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust & Therapist at St Ann’s Hospice Manchester

Peter's dynamism and skill have revolutionised the complementary therapy service at Manchester's Christie hospital NHS trust - Europe's largest single-site cancer hospital. Under his leadership, the service has grown from two NHS paid workers into today's regional and national award-winning team of 27 professionals and volunteers. Thousands of cancer patients derive physical and emotional relief from the massage, reflexology, aromatherapy and relaxation techniques that Mr Mackereth has seamlessly integrated with all other cancer treatments. A former intensive care nurse with over 25 years' experience of NHS complementary therapy, he has also introduced free massages for carers and stressed-out staff. His tireless and innovative fundraising covers every social sphere. Peter’s talk will explore the professional, moral and ethical issues in clinical practice utilising the AROMA and SYMPTOM models in acute cancer and palliative care.  As an example of clinical application, he will review the rationale for the use of aromasticks, demonstrating an ‘installation' approach for specific concerns, such as insomnia and anxiety; this work will be supported by reference to research/evaluation work and case studies. 

Dr Mark Moss

About Mark

Mark is head of the Department of Psychology. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the Division and oversees staffing and budgeting for all programmes of study. Mark teaches on the second year undergraduate Psychobiology Sensation and Perception module, undergraduate and Masters level research methods modules, and a final year alcoholism option. Mark was a founding member of the Human Cognitive Neuroscience Unit (now the Brain Performance and Nutrition Research Centre) at Northumbria University. His main research interests relate to the modulation of cognitive function and mood through natural interventions, with a current focus on phyto-aromatics.


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Featured on BBC’s ‘Trust me im a Doctor’

Mark is head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Northumbria. His main research interests relate to the modulation of cognitive function and mood through natural interventions, with a current focus on phyto-aromatics, having published various research papers in the field. During his talk he will examine the inhalation of the aroma of Rosemary essential oil to enhance cognition in healthy adults as featured on BBC’s ‘trust me im on doctor’. In this independent groups design study, forty schoolchildren aged nine to eleven years were exposed to either Rosemary aroma or no aroma in a classroom setting where they completed standardised tests of working memory in a fifteen-minute procedure. Analysis of the data revealed that performance on the Immediate serial recall, Sentence span, and Counting span tasks were significantly better in the Rosemary aroma condition and possessed medium to large effect sizes. This is the first study to demonstrate such effects in children and suggests that the potential for enhancement is greater than in adults. These findings will be discussed in terms of the potential for improving academic attainment through natural interventions and the possible mechanisms behind such effects.

Denise Tiran

About Denise

Denise Tiran MSc RM RGN ADM PGCEA, a practising midwife, university lecturer, complementary practitioner and author, is an internationally-renowned authority on maternity complementary medicine. She is founder and Educational Director for Expectancy, an advice, information and educational consultancy on the safe use of complementary therapies in pregnancy and childbirth. Previously, as Principal Lecturer at the University of Greenwich, London, Denise developed one of the UK's first practice-based degree programmes on complementary medicine. Her research activities have included an exploration of complementary therapies for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy; a study investigating the potential of reflexology to predict stages of the menstrual cycle; and a Department of Health-funded project investigating continuing professional development amongst complementary medicine practitioners.

In her clinical practice, Denise combines several complementary therapies with normal maternity care, including reflex zone therapy, aromatherapy, herbal, homeopathic and Bach flower remedies, moxibustion (for breech presentation), acupressure, nutrition and sexual counselling. Her unique complementary therapies NHS antenatal clinic was "highly commended" in the 2001 Prince of Wales' Awards as an example of complementary medicine integrated within conventional maternity care. Denise has written ten professional textbooks, including "Reflexology for Pregnancy and Childbirth" (2010) and Clinical Reflexology: Advancing Practice (2010, 2nd edition), over 75 journal papers and three books for expectant mothers. She has edited the last four editions of the world-famous Bailliere's Midwives' Dictionary, the most recent published in 2012, and has contributed chapters on complementary medicine in several seminal midwifery, gynaecology and obstetric textbooks. She has previously written a health column in the Daily Express newspaper, has been an advisor to Pregnancy and Birth magazine and has featured on several television and radio programmes. Denise is consulted by the Royal Colleges of Midwives (RCM) and of Nursing on issues relating to complementary medicine in pregnancy, and has revised the RCM's position paper and guidelines for midwives on complementary therapies. She has advised the Local Supervising Authority midwifery officers in England on the development of supervisory guidelines for midwives, and is an advisor on maternity complementary therapy issues to the Federation of Antenatal Educators (FEDANT).


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Internationally-renowned authority on maternity complementary medicine

Are essential oils (EOs) safe in pregnancy and childbirth? Many expectant mothers seek aromatherapy treatments or self-administer EOs, to ease aches and pains, reduce anxiety and prepare for labour. However, information on whether EOs are safe in pregnancy, labour and after delivery is confusing both for the general public and aromatherapists. Many women believe that because EOs are natural, they must be safer than drugs, whilst maternity staff often take the view that EOs should be avoided altogether. Evidence of EO safety tends to rely on anecdotal reports rather than formal research, and it can be difficult to find articles and books that offer accurate, comprehensive and contemporary information directly applied to clinical practice. In her talk, Denise Tiran FRCM, midwifery lecturer, aromatherapist and international authority on maternity complementary therapies, aims to set the debate around maternity aromatherapy in context for aromatherapists so they feel confident to treat and advise pregnant clients. Denise will draw on over 35 years’ experience of practising, teaching, researching and writing about aromatherapy. 

Felicity Warner

Meet Felicity

Felicity is founder of the worldwide Soul Midwives, a pioneering movement in Holistic and Spiritual Palliative Care, Principal of The Soul Midwives School and visiting Research Fellow for the University of Winchester. She created the idea of soul midwifery for the dying after sitting with many hundreds of people at the end of life. Her pioneering work has brought a new dimension to holistic and spiritual palliative care, both in the UK and abroad (there are now soul midwives working in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and Europe). She is a respected lecturer, teacher and author of acclaimed books – Gentle Dying, A Safe Journey Home, The Soul Midwives’ Handbook and The Sacred Oils, which is used as a text book by Soul Midwives around the world and many training centres and hospitals.

She was made a visiting research fellow of The University of Winchester in 2014 and she lectures internationally and across the UK. She explains: ‘My aim is to have a Soul Midwife in every hospital, care home and hospice within the next five years in the UK.’ Her special interests are the psycho-spiritual and soul dynamics at the end of life, researching traditional folk lore and sacred ritual in the care of the dying and also introducing ways of caring for the dying with love and compassion. She was nominated for the prestigious Woman of the Year award for her campaigning and work in palliative care. She regularly speaks on end of life matters on BBC Radio including: Woman’s Hour, Beyond Belief, BBC Five Live, and numerous local Radio Stations. She also won the title of one of the Daily Mail’s ‘Inspirational Women of the Year 2017’ and named the End of Life Doula of 2017 by Good Funeral Awards.

For more information please visit: https://soulmidwives.co.uk/


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Named End of Life Care Champion of the year by The National Council for Palliative Care at the House of Lords 

Founder of Soul Midwives, a pioneering movement which began over 20 years ago with the intent to provide holistic and spiritual companions to anyone at the end of their life. ‘Midwife to the dying’ Felicity would sit and listen to the women dying of breast cancer – she was then inspired to train hundreds of others to become companions like her and has coached many people from all walks of life in her methods. Soul midwives use a sophisticated knowledge of the dying process to ease the passage and bring relief from fear and suffering. Felicity is a passionate campaigner for raising standards of care at the end of life. From volunteering in local hospices and working one-to-one with dying people in the last days of life, she developed the Gentle Dying method (now called TLC) which offers comfort when medicine has reached its limits. It can be learned and used by anyone, in any care setting, to make death a peaceful and dignified experience. These methods are now widely used in hospices, hospitals and care homes around the world. Its gentle practices have changed the face of modern holistic and spiritual palliative care in the UK and abroad. Felicity is a lecturer, teacher and author of 5 acclaimed books, and during her talk will discuss the principles and practices of her book ‘A Journey with Sacred Oils’ with guided meditation.