Prof Ian Brighthope

“Think to heal; do no harm” Professor Ian Brighthope has had a lifelong interest in nature. 

He graduated in Agricultural Science in 1965 and then in 1974 graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. Following his medical training, he travelled widely throughout Europe, North America and Asia searching for solutions to the problems created by the significant gaps he recognised in the medical training of doctors.    

The Brighthope Clinics and Biocentres were developed in the 1970’s and specialised in Nutritional Medicine, Environmental Medicine and Herbal Medicine. As chairman of the Australian College of Herbal Medicine, he developed an early interest in cannabis and other illicit herbs. As founding president of Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) for over 26 years, Professor Brighthope pioneered the first post-graduate medical course in nutrition in Australia. He is now the official ambassador of ACNEM. 

Professor Brighthope has acted as an advocate of doctors practicing Complementary Medicine for over 35 years.  He has had training and extensive experience in Crisis Management, Risk Management and Public/Government Relations.

In 2001 to 2003 he was President of the Complementary Healthcare Council of Australia, the peak industry body for Complementary Medicines. Professor Brighthope is now the official ambassador to the peak body Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA) He appears regularly in China delivering lectures on best health principles in medical practice and keynote addresses to health authorities. He is currently investigating the production, development and research into medicinal cannabis in China and elsewhere.

In 2016, Professor Brighthope was given the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Indian Nutritional Medicine Association (INMA).

In 2017, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in nutritional and environmental medicine of the Indian Nutritional Medicine Association (FINEM) and delivered a keynote address to the Indian Nutritional Medicine Association on the role of intravenous vitamin C, probiotics and medicinal cannabis to the Indian Nutritional Medicine association.  

Professor Brighthope’ s lifelong ambition is to help change the way medicine and healthcare is practiced for the benefit of the public and to see nutrition, nutritional and environmental medicine and herbal medicine become the building blocks and keystones to world health and peace. 


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