Blackmores Institute is the academic and professional arm of Blackmores Limited, established to support and drive an evidence-based approach to natural medicine.
The Institute’s focus is on research and education; our primary purpose is to improve the quality use of natural medicine through the translation of the evidence base into practical healthcare education, resources and advisory services.
For more information please refer to the Blackmores Institute Review.
Dr Lesley Braun, Group Director, Blackmores Institute
Director of the Blackmores Institute and Adjunct Senior Research fellow at Monash/Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, Associate Professor at the National Institute of Complementary Medicine Western Sydney University, Lesley is a pharmacy graduate from Monash University and a qualified naturopath.
She is a member of the Australian Therapeutic Goods Advisory Council which advises the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Executive committee for the Complementary and Integrative Medicine interest group for the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA), Advisory Committee for the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA), member of the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research and several working groups for the National Institute for Complementary Medicine (NICM).
Pam Stone, Director, Educational Partnerships
Pam joined Blackmores in 1987, having found a company that shared her naturopathic values and vision, and that was driven by integrity and purpose to make people healthier. Her career with the company has spanned the Advisory, Public Relations and Education areas and she has lectured extensively to health professionals in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Her role now includes managing educational partnerships as part of the Blackmores Institute vision to facilitate delivery of quality and accessible Complementary Medicine education to healthcare professionals. A naturopath for over 30 years, she sees that education is key to enabling healthcare professionals to effectively integrate complementary medicine into patient care.
Chris Oliver, Research Director
Chris has a strong healthcare background having studied agriculture, nutrition and public health. He has a keen interest in integrative medicine, body composition and ageing, and meta-analysis. Chris' career has spanned private practice, academia, clinical trials, and in industry research and development. His role at Blackmores Institute is to offer the team deeper insights into complementary medicine research, with a particular expertise on clinical trials and their design and interpretation.
Tiffany Elvy, Senior Communications and Content Manager
Tiffany is a communications professional with a passion for natural health and more than 15 years experience supporting the fields of health, nutrition, sport, and wellbeing.
As communications manager, Tiffany works with Blackmores Institute’s team to develop credible, evidence-based natural health information to share with the wider community of healthcare professionals and researchers. This includes major education events, such as the Blackmores Institute Symposium, media relations and liaison with research bodies and partners, including the National Institute of Complementary Medicine, Macular Disease Foundation and Heart Research Institute.
Leonie Regan, Advisory Services Manager and Education and Training Manager
Leonie is a naturopath with 30 years’ experience. Her 13-year career at Blackmores has spanned the Education and Advisory areas, leading to her current role of the Advisory Service Manager, where she leads a team of 12 naturopaths and a pharmacist advisor who take over 30,000 enquiries a year. This service also incorporates the Healthcare Professional Support Service, which takes enquiries from a range of health professionals on issues such as medicine interactions and drug/herb/nutrient co-prescribing. Prior to his Leonie oversaw development and delivery of Blackmores online education, launching a range of programs and building this area to support health professional users. As a Blackmores health trainer and educator, she has also lectured in complementary medicine to a range of audiences.
Leonie believes in supporting the quality use of Complementary Medicine by making evidence-based information in the area easily accessible to both consumers and health care providers.