EPA Newsletter October 2017
Welcome to the International EPA Newsletter, our Global platform for EPA members.
In this edition we overview the recent Australian EPA Annual Conference held on July 16th 2017.
This year’s EPA conference was held on Sunday 16th July and set a new precedent by way of collaborative member contribution throughout all the presentations and continued to deepen member collaboration across various projects and initiatives.
The presentation topics covered included:
The EPA Wellness Events
Universal Medicine Modalities - Complementary to Medicine
Case studies as ‘Living Evidence’
A variety of members presenting on the benefits experienced of living the principles of the EPA code of conduct in their various professions
Discussion groups across various topics relating to health, well-being, research, practice and activity complementary to conventional medicine.
Overview of Presentations
EPA Membership Structure
There are three types of EPA membership:
An Associate member – a person who supports and sponsors the merits and principles of the EPA. It may be a recipient (client) of UM therapies or one who is inspired by the EPA’s commitment to integrity and level of care.
A Practitioner member of Universal Medicine therapies – a person who practices the Universal Medicine therapies on a full or part-time basis. See the online Directory.
A Practitioner member of Other Occupations is known as a "Practitioner of Life” – a person who is committed to bringing The Livingness and principles of the EPA Code of Ethics and Conduct to everything they do in their varying professions and daily life. See the online Directory.
The two Practitioner directories showcase members across the world and provide members of the public with details of those practitioners.
We currently have approximately 548 members worldwide – 158 Associate members and 347 Practitioner members.
EPA members put on a total of 14 wellness days so far this year which was a welcomed increase to the four held in 2016. These events offered a total of 239 treatments with Universal Medicine Therapies as well as wellbeing presentations covering self-care, nutrition, gentle exercise, body awareness and connective tissue movements, and Esoteric Yoga.
The wellness days took place this year at:
Health food shops
Cancer support groups
Medical teaching facilities
A childcare centre
Mental health support facilities
An Autism support organisation
A community swimming pool
International Women’s Day events
A community open day at UniMed Brisbane
“Stress Release for Flood Relief”, an initiative provided in Lismore for the community, followed the recent large-scale flood.
These wellness events are supported by Professional Practitioner members of the EPA who volunteer their time.
These days allow the space for people’s wellbeing and nurturing of self to be a focus. Participants and companies alike greatly appreciate the voluntary support of the EPA and its members in making these community offerings available.
With the high rates of illness, disease, exhaustion and burnout in society, these events offer people in the community an opportunity for deep relaxation and reconnection.
If you are interested in enquiring about organising a wellness event in your organisation or community group, please contact us on
Universal Medicine Therapies - Moving Forward
Dr Maxine Szramka and Psychologist Caroline Raphael
Difference between Complementary and Alternative Therapies and
Universal Medicine Therapies Complementary to Medicine.
Maxine and Caroline commenced by clarifying the difference between Complementary and Alternate Therapies (CAM) and, Universal Medicine Therapies Complementary to Medicine. The confusion with CAM therapies is that they can stand alone and operate distinct from conventional medicine.
Universal Medicine Therapies are unique in the aspect that they are not taught or practiced as a stand-alone modality or therapy. They are specifically stated to be a complement to conventional medicine. The paradigm of Universal Medicine Therapies is directly inclusive of conventional medicine, not in contrast to conventional medicine and clients are directly encouraged to seek medical care and diagnosis as appropriate.
There is a community demand for complementary health care
In the USA the out of pocket expenses of CAM are comparable to the out of pocket expenses for conventional medicine, with people visiting CAM practitioners more often than their doctors.1 In Australia approximately 70% of the population use some form of complementary medicine.2 In a study across Australia, UK, America and Canada results found that 80% of Psychologists refer to or practice some form of complementary therapy as they have recognised the population demand for it.3 People have recognised that there is more to the healing process than just conventional medicine and that self-care and responsibility also play a key part in the healing process.
Research is an important part of being a practitioner
Anecdotally, it has been shown Universal Medicine Therapies are supporting people in their overall well-being and improving their quality of life and health. Maxine and Caroline presented that it is important that these results which are seen are communicated more broadly as a duty of care for all people. EPA Practitioners have a key and important role in documenting and communicating the improvements and challenges they are seeing with their clients, as well as with other health care professionals, as collaborative working relationships will facilitate a greater sharing of information with the public and health community.
There is a need for research in this area as currently there is a push by some medical professionals and groups to discredit Complementary Therapies and rule them non permissible to the public. This does 3 things:
1: Takes away a person’s fundamental freedom to choose
2: Disregards the public’s call for other forms of therapies to support conventional medicine practices for their best health and well-being.
3: Denies the validity and importance of each person's anecdotal health and well-being experience.
It has been found that people choosing complementary medicine do not necessarily reject conventional medicine, they are often seeking extra support with their health and well-being.1 Those that use CAM also frequently access conventional medical services.1
Those pushing to discredit complementary therapies frequently state that there is ‘no evidence’ for their effectiveness. However, there is a dual standard applied to the need for ‘evidence’ for CAM and conventional medicine with research showing that 50% of medical therapies studied are of unknown effectiveness with only 11% of treatments studied thought to be actually beneficial.4 Opponents of complementary health care make broad and sweeping claims of the ‘dangers’ of complementary therapies, however on an analysis of causes of death in the USA, medical error ranks number 3 (resulting in the death of approximately 250,000 people per year) 5 and side effects from appropriately prescribed drugs ranks number 4.6 In contrast, complementary therapies do not rank on this scale of death, even though the data has shown that people access complementary therapies/medicines frequently at their own expense.1
Maxine and Caroline presented that it is well known that randomised trials which are used to assess drug efficacy and side effects are not always appropriate methodologies to assess complementary therapies.1,7,8 Anecdotal evidence and experiential evidence are important forms of evidence in addition to doing trials where possible.7,8 There are far more community experiences as a form of evidence than are currently published.
As a summary, Maxine and Caroline expressed the importance of EPA Practitioners committing to documenting and sharing their observations, patient experiences and health outcomes as more research is needed into the valuable contribution the Universal Medicine Therapies can make towards society and our health care system as a complement to conventional medicine.
Case Studies – Dr Amelia Stephens
This year at the EPA conference we discussed and furthered our development of Case Studies. The evidence from these Case Studies is an opportunity to confirm people’s lived experience and will serve to provide 'living evidence' for the purpose of further documenting Universal Medicine Therapies with the many effects they have had on people's lives including health and wellbeing.
As the EPA community, we are committed to contributing to a body of evidence that supports people to connect to ways of truly supporting themselves through illness, disease and life, in a current environment where function and management takes the focus in lieu of true support, healing and lasting change. Our Case Studies will be freely available to the public, as well as submitted for academic peer review. We look forward to the year ahead, and the further building of our Case Study, and Living Evidence library.
Before and After Case Study Overview
Jenny Ellis is a Practitioner of Universal Medicine Therapies and described the flow on effect when someone chooses true healing for themselves and how that by reflection affects the people around them. Jenny appreciated that she is witness to these everyday miracles from clients and the power beyond healing the individual.
Greg Hall who works as a Civil Engineer states how “the more I understand who I am the more this gives others around me the opportunity to understand themselves.” By not getting swept up in what is going on around him but instead choosing to stay steady and centered, Greg holds a stillness at work and can see how this supports the workplace and has significant effects on those around him.
Kim Weston has a cleaning business and through the quality with which she cleans and the loving imprint she leaves behind, her clients are offered a healing through the sense of a much clearer space that they return to in their homes. Many of her clients appreciate and comment on this.
Pete Cavanagh in his work as a legislation coordinator and public servant is no longer clambering to get out of work or feeling drained at the end of his day. He has been in a process of re-imprinting his daily work activity with energetic integrity. The self care and connection with others that come from this greatly supports the state he is in at the end of a working day.
James Stanfield owns a Survey Drafting business where he holds staff as family, therefore treating staff with a high level of care, equality and consideration. From this relationship everybody grows and develops.
Katie Walls a practitioner of the Universal Medicine Therapies presented on how the modalities complemented the medical diagnosis, treatment and chronic pain relief of a client with a frozen shoulder diagnosis. This confirms how the marriage of esoteric medicine and conventional medicine greatly supports true healing.
Heather Pope presented on the demands of her job as a Corporate Executive and the importance of being authentic at both work and home. This includes acknowledging the intensity and toll that work can have and that self-care is much needed to be able to work in all workplaces today. Of paramount importance is having a steady foundation of being yourself, and this enables the delivery of results, whilst maintaining respect, decency and kindness for both yourself and others.
Adam Warburton works as a project manager in a commercial building firm. People are very observant, and you don’t need to impose your values on the world in order to bring about change. You simply need to show by your living way that life can be lived simply with joy and without complication amidst the haste. It is this observation of your consistent way of being that then engenders a sense of trust in others, and in turn inspires people to make what we call self-loving choices in their own lives.
What people are saying..
First timer at EPA Conference Australia 2017
"Attending the EPA conference for the first time left me feeling inspired and very purposeful in my approach to living life. Through being a member of the EPA I now have a clearer understanding of my role as a practitioner in anything and everything I do.” - Rachael Evans
“The EPA conference this year was so very inspiring, and felt like a workshop in the way that everyone attending it had an opportunity to contribute to topics presented, such as 'Complementary to Medicine’ therapies and how they are perceived by science and conventional medicine. Each presenter spoke from their lived experience on the topic being presented, and not just facts and data. What I loved was how people from all professions, backgrounds and walks of life attend the conference, and the principles of the EPA apply equally to us all, no matter what it is we do.” – Sandra Dallimore
“It was very inspiring to attend the 2017 EPA Conference and be in a room full of dedicated practitioners of life who all shared the common purpose of living a loving, healthy life and providing truly excellent service to their customers. This meant that even though the practitioners included Medical Professionals, Accountants, Cleaners, Session Givers, Pastry Chef, Air Traffic Controller, Retail Employees, Builders… you name it – in essence we all had the same job and had made the same commitment to uphold the awesome values of the EPA’s Code of Conduct”. – Nicola Lessing
The UK/EU conference was held on the 23th of September - an overview will follow shortly. In the meantime enjoy the recently published blogs from members.
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