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We recently sat down with Jayne Larkins, NSW/ACT Territory Manager for Bioconcepts, who shared some insights into her role and Bioconcepts, ahead of the ATMS Special Event, the Menopause Symposium.

What is your role at your organisation and how do you support practitioners / or the industry?

I am a Practitioner Consultant and NSW/ACT Territory Manager at Bioconcepts. My role is to support practitioners by providing them with information on our products, the research supporting the product ingredients and the clinical rationale behind the product formulation. I strive to support practitioners by keeping them updated with balanced, referenced information so they are able to translate if and where it might fit into their clinical practice.

How did you get into your area of expertise and why do you stay?

I was drawn to Naturopathy as I felt it was the only medical system that aligned with my understanding of health and our place in a greater ecosystem. I thoroughly enjoy my role at Bioconcepts. As well as increasing my knowledge of biochemistry and clinical nutrition immensely, I enjoy the opportunity it gives me to form relationships with fellow practitioners while aiming to provide a supportive role in their practice.   

What has been the main focus or outcomes of your work over the past year?

Introducing new products and educating practitioners to address unique areas of need in clinical practice.

- How has your field changed in the past 5 years? What new areas are emerging?

Most recently, the required move to telehealth has changed the way practitioners deliver their services and I think this area of non-clinic based and variances on the traditional 1-to-1 consulting will increase. DNA and other functional testing have changed a lot in the past 5 years and will likely continue to increase as practitioners offer more specifically individualised treatment strategies.

What do you predict will happen in the next 5 to 10 years in your particular field?

Continued specialisation, more collaboration with orthodox practitioners and acceptance within the orthodox medical community (hopefully).

What is the one-way you believe natural medicine practitioners, can make a difference for their clients?

Empowering clients to take responsibility for their health (on all levels, not just physical) and as a by-product, reducing their dependence on the current disease-focused system.

What’s the questions you get asked the most by practitioners?

Research-oriented questions. For example: Can you show me the references that the dosages / ingredients / actions are based on?

Sourcing and quality-oriented questions, e.g. what assurances can you provide that the quality of ingredients and where/how they are sourced are ethical and reliable? What feedback have you had from other practitioners around using this product in clinical practice?

Fun Fact for the Readers: Tell us who inspires you / or who your professional idol is and why?

She wouldn’t know this, but I was incredibly inspired by my herbal medicine teacher, Anne Cowper. I was new to herbal medicine and she had this amazing (heart and head) knowledge about plants and medicines and I felt like she held the invisible key to the workings of the universe!

 

Henry Osiecki (of course) – for his ridiculous knowledge and memory of biochemical pathways and the impact he’s had on the nutritional industry in Australia. 

Bio Concepts are a sponsor of the ATMS Special Event, the Menopause Symposium.