About the Symposium

Sleep is a fundamental biological process underpinning human existence on all levels – physical, mental and emotional. In today’s society sleep deprivation and disorders are consuming the lives of millions of people worldwide. As healthcare practitioners, you are experiencing a huge influx of patients struggling with numerous sleep challenges. Implications of poor sleep are profound, affecting every day metabolic function and unleashing a cascade of long term destructive effects on the body. Fortunately, great strides have been made to understanding how and why we sleep and the clinical applications of managing sleep disorders and improving overall sleep. Managing sleep disorders and implementing sleep strategies requires a combined approach for optimal outcomes for patients.

The Integrative Sleep Symposium is a professional full-day educational event bringing together leading experts to give talks on a wide range of topics but all entirely sleep focused. Topics include Biochemical processes of sleep, Sleep disorders, Pharmaceutical management, Medical sleep devices, Musculoskeletal influences on sleep, Holistic approach to sleep health, Western herbal medicine and Nutritional therapy. Combining the latest research and current management options to educate healthcare practitioners in effectively managing the overwhelming amount of people who are struggling with sleep deprivation and disorders.

On the 28th of October, in Auckland New Zealand,  the Integrative Sleep Symposium will bring together leading researchers and clinicians to present their research and clinical experience of sleep disorders. They will demonstrate how their knowledge and experience can be implemented into patient care of sleep disorders to create a cohesive clinical model that offers effective management strategies for even the most complex sleep challenges.   

The Integrative Sleep Symposium is excited to have confirmed some of the leading sleep experts in the fields of sleep research, sleep physiology,  general medical practice, osteopathic medicine, pharmacology, psychiatry, naturopathic, herbal and nutritional medicine. Together, these speakers will provide you with the insights required to piece together the underlying factors that exacerbate sleep challenges and tools to manage your patients sleep effectively.

Important dates

Early bird registration: 17th August 2018 – 2nd September 2018

 Standard registration: 3rd September 2018 – 12th October 2018

Integrative Sleep Symposium: 28th October 2018

Day Schedule:

7:30am – Registration and breakfast

8:00am – Speakers start

12:15pm – Lunch

4:00pm – Finish


Dr Tony Fernando

Psychiatrist, Sleep Researcher


Tony is a consultant psychiatrist and a senior lecturer in Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland. He obtained his medical degree from the University of the Philippines. His internship was at St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital (Columbia University) in New York. His psychiatry residency and sleep fellowship was at the University of Pennsylvania. Tony’s research interest is in sleep medicine, medical compassion and physician wellbeing. He has published in numerous local and international journals including the BMJ (British Medical Journal). He conceptualized and helped develop the CALM website (calm.auckland.ac.nz). He was won more than fifteen teaching awards from medical students and the sustained teaching excellence award from the faculty of medicine in Auckland. In 2012, he was awarded by President Aquino of the Philippines for his services to sleep medicine and medical education.

In 2015, he was awarded the Chair’s award by the New Zealand Medical Association, the highest recognition given by the association to any doctor in New Zealand for his work on physician wellbeing. He organizes weekly mindfulness meditation sessions at Auckland Hospital and annual retreats on mindfulness training for medical students and clinicians. More importantly, he plays the cello, is a cheap-eats foodie and despite his fear of the water, has swum across the Auckland Harbour three times and competes in ocean races. In January of 2017, he was ordained as a Buddhist monk in Chanmyay Myaing monastery in Myanmar where he furthered his training in compassion meditation. He is in the final stages of his PhD at the University of Auckland, studying barriers to compassion in medicine. More recently, he started a weekly mindfulness and emotional balance programme for inmates at Mt Eden Correctional Facility in Auckland.

 Dr. Fernando will be presenting how and why we sleep, common sleep disorders and how to assess them and non-medications strategies for insomnia

Dr Carolyn Dean

Medical Doctor (USA) and Internationally Recognized Magnesium Expert


Dr. Dean is not only a medical doctor, but also a naturopath, herbalist, acupuncturist, nutritionist, lecturer, consultant, author, inventor, and entrepreneur. Dr. Dean has been in the forefront of health issues for over 30 years. She graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in 1978, holds a medical license in California and is a graduate of The Ontario College of Naturopathic Medicine – now the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto. She served on the board of Governors of the CCNM for six years. Dr. Dean is an expert in magnesium therapy. After writing about magnesium deficiency for over 15 years, she now passionately educates her patients and people about the indispensable benefits of magnesium. Dr Dean has authored and co-authored over 35 books including The Magnesium MiracleIBS for DummiesHormone BalanceDeath by Modern Medicine, and 110 Kindle books.

 Dr. Dean will be taking the confusion out of magnesium use and the benefits of magnesium therapy on sleep.

Prudence Murray

Senior Sleep Physiologist


Prudence Murray is a New Zealand registered clinical sleep physiologist with a passion for delivering sleep health care, and promoting sleep health wellbeing. Prudence has enjoyed the privilege of working within public, private, and industry facets of the sleep health industry, both in New Zealand, and within the international community. Her areas of special interest include diagnosis and treatment of sleep disordered breathing, sleep service development and management, and sleep hygiene literacy.

Currently Prudence is employed by Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, managing their sleep laboratory and undertaking clinical research.

 Prudence will be discussing the latest sleep research, sleep disorders and medical devices used for sleep.

Phil Rasmussen 

Pharmacist and Phytotherapist


Phil is one of New Zealand’s most experienced phytotherapists with a clinic in Auckland where he has practiced for 25 years. He is also the founder and Technical Director of Phytomed Medicinal Herbs Ltd, a New Zealand-based manufacturer and exporter of herbal medicines for both practitioners and consumers.

Before pursuing herbal medicine Phil worked for more than 10 years as a pharmacist, and undertook research on antidepressant drugs and serotonin. Phil established a herbal medicine treatment service within the regional alcohol and drug detoxification unit of Waitemata Health, in 1993. He has also lectured at naturopathic and herbal colleges, presented at conferences in New Zealand, Australia, and the UK, and written extensively on herbal subjects for both practitioner and consumer publications, for many years. Phil has long had an interest in the valuable contribution that herbal medicines can make to facilitating better sleep as well as helping to overcome substance dependency and mental health challenges. In this talk he will present research into the efficacy and mechanism(s) of action of phytomedicines used to facilitate sleep, as well as summarise and present new findings into the use of so-called ‘Z-drugs’, now often prescribed as first line sleeping medications, in our fast-paced world.

 Phil will be presenting a review of Z class drugs. As well as the use of herbal medicines to facilitate sleep, control inflammation and manage stress.

Kirsten Taylor

Naturopathic Sleep Specialist


Kirsten Taylor is one of NZ’s leading Naturopathic Sleep Specialists having dedicated the last 10 years exclusively to this very important field.

Kirsten is qualified in Naturopathy, Medical Herbalism, Nutritional and has post graduate qualifications in Natural Fertility and Homeobotanical Therapies.

It was during her time in private practice helping infertile couples become parents that she started to see the impact of lack of good sleep on all aspects of health.

Kirsten became fascinated with sleep and sleep research and eventually began to tailor her practice around focusing on sleep as the foundation for healing.

After analysis of available sleep products in both the OTC remedy or retail world and practitioner/nutraceutical world she painstakingly developed her own range to cater for the many ways people struggle to sleep. Since that time Kirsten has helped literally hundreds of thousands of NZ’ers sleep while also being an ambassador for prioritising sleep appearing on TV and radio, in print and as a public speaker flying the flag for the importance of sleep wherever she can.

 Kirsten is the Host and MC. She will be providing an overall game plan for a good night sleep.

Kirsten will also be discussing the 10 main reasons why we don’t sleep and sleep hygiene practices.

Philip Dowling



Philip has been practicing and teaching nutrition and naturopathy for 24 years and holds a Masters of Nutrition, a Bachelor of Health Science and a Naturopathic diploma.

He began practicing in 1994, and for the following six years ran a private practice clinic. His wealth of knowledge and extensive clinical experience made him the perfect candidate to educate future students of naturopathy and nutritional medicine at Wellpark College of Natural Therapies where he was an entertaining and enthusiastic Tutor and Mentor.

Philip went on to manage and develop the naturopathy and nutrition facilities at Wellpark College of Natural Therapies, supporting their transition from diploma to degree until 2014.

Since then Philip has returned to clinical practice and is also now an educator at South Pacific College of Natural Medicine.

Phillip is committed to inspiring people onto their own health journey and authored a book, ‘Journeys Back to Health’ which was published in 2007.

In his spare time Phillip loves natural medicine research and his special area of interest is the digestive system and gut microbiome.

Philip will be discussing the relationship between gut health and sleep

Mandy Crawford

Doctor of Osteopathy


Mandy Crawford graduated as top student in both Diploma of Sports Massage and Bachelor in Neuromuscular Therapy, and has gone on to complete a 5-year Masters in Osteopathy.

She is an Osteopathic representative and Executive of Sports Medicine NZ.  Mandy treats a diverse range of patients from the English and Argentinean rugby world cup teams, to our weekend warriors and those of us who just wake up with those horrible stiff necks! Her time is divided between her busy practice on the North Shore, lecturing Sports Massage and Advanced Sports Massage at AUT University and having fun.

 Mandy will be discussing the implications of lack of sleep and how that presents in the musculoskeletal system.

Dr Helen Smith

Holistic Medical Doctor

Dr Helen Smith | holistic Medical DOCTOR

Dr Helen Smith is a holistic medical doctor registered with the Medical Council of NZ. Her medical degree is MBBS (1991) and she is a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of GPs. Dr Helen draws on a wealth of experience in the medical and natural health fields and has completed post graduate studies in nutritional medicine.

These days she works from the Auckland Holistic Centre using nutritional medicine approaches to support the health and wellbeing of her patients. Women, men, children and teens come to see Dr Helen for health and wellness holistic advice.  Dr Helen works with her patients to do through investigative bloods to assess the body’s nutritional status and other tests to understand imbalances that may be impeding on overall health.

Dr Smith will be discussing how a GP is taught to manage sleep. Considering time constrictions, questions that need to be asked, and advice given. Dr Smith will be going through what options normal GPs have and how integrative doctors manage insomnia for their patients.

Paige Cowley

Naturopathic Sleep Specialist

Paige Cowley | Naturopathic Sleep Specialist

Paige is a Naturopathic Sleep Specialist, striving to support people holistically to achieve quality sleep.

She has completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) in Sydney Australia and is registered with NHAA and NMHNZ.

With over 8 years’ experience in the health industry, first as a nurse and now as a naturopath, Paige has dedicated herself to learning, understanding and educating on the best way to empower health and wellbeing through the life stages. She is passionate about helping people achieve their health goals and believes that poor sleep is often a major block for healing.

Paige will be talking about Sleep Apps – Our top 10 favourites, how do they work and are they effective.


Early Bird (17th August 2018 – 2nd September 2018) – $199.00

Standard (3rd September 2018 – 12th October 2018) – $220.00


Register NOW

 For inquiries  or for assistance, please contact the Integrative Sleep Symposium


No refunds. Transfers to a fellow practitioner is permitted if you cannot attend and support@integrativesleepsymposium.co.nz is notified prior to the event.

Venue Information

Location: Eden Park Auckland

Address: Gate G, Reimers Ave, Kingsland Auckland 1024

Find Us:

  • Free parking is available in P5 off Reimers Ave
  • Security will assist with directing you to the nearest available car parking spaces
  • Enter Eden Park via Gate G
  • Take the lift to Level 4
  • Enter the South Level 4 Lounge

Getting there: Eden Park is centrally located in Kingsland  approximately 3km for Auckland CBD.

Public transport: Closest train station is Kingsland – 280 meters, approximately 4 minute walk.

Parking: Free parking is available in P5 off Reimers Ave.

Major Sponsor

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