Tess Graham is a physiotherapist with postgraduate qualification in breathing retraining and 35 years clinical practice and teaching experience. Tess established Australia’s first dedicated breathing retraining clinic in 1993, has been involved in research, and presents nationally and internationally. Her current focus is on teaching health professionals breathing retraining skills that address physiological and biochemical dysfunction, with application into therapeutic approaches in mental health, sleep disorders, pain management and other clinical practice. Tess is the author of two books, Relief from Snoring and Sleep Apnoea (2012) and Relief from Anxiety and Panic – by changing how you breathe (2017).

Topic: Addressing Dysfunctional Breathing Patterns:
A Vital Tool to Down-Regulate the Stress Response and Enhance Neuropsychotherapy Outcomes.

Abstract: The connection between acute hyperventilation and anxiety is well-known. This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the often present but overlooked, chronic, ‘hidden’ form of hyperventilation, which creates on a day-to-day basis, a fundamental disturbance in physiology and biochemistry. This ‘baseline-overbreathing’ drives sympathetic-dominant state, interferes with cognitive function, depletes energy, and primes a person for acute stress-response. It may underlie loss of resilience, relapse, or failure to respond to therapeutic intervention.

By restoring physiologically normal breathing, ‘breathing retraining’ down-regulates primitive systems in the medulla – breathing and heart rate, balances blood chemistry, optimises oxygenation, and promotes the parasympathetic state. This is a vital key to effectively working on higher-order systems – emotions and cognition.

This theoretical, interactive, and experiential workshop provides an understanding of relevant neuroscience and physiology, and tools to identify and address dysfunctional breathing habits.

Clinical and research findings on the incidence and nature of abnormal respiratory parameters in patients with anxiety disorders are reviewed and discussed. Case studies are used to illustrate application, results and benefits of breathing retraining in anxiety disorders. You will practice basic skills to apply in a clinical situation to defuse the stress response and to improve and stabilise breathing for immediate and long-term benefits.

Format and Learning Outcomes

  • Relevant neuroscience and physiology of breathing – 20 mins
  • The link between dysfunctional breathing and biochemical and neurophysiological imbalance, sympathetic dominant state, tissue hypoxia, and common mental and physical symptoms of anxiety disorders- 15 mins
  • Understanding the breathing retraining process – 10 mins
  • Identification and evaluation of dysfunctional breathing patterns (interactive, practical) –15 mins
  • Strategies to defuse the stress response and relieve breathlessness, panic attacks and insomnia (interactive, practical) – 15 mins

IAAN Conference of Applied Neuroscience

In Person & Virtual Registrations

Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th September 2023

Twin Towns Conference & Function Centre
Wharf Street, Tweed Heads NSW
  • 12 speakers, covering a wide range of applied neuroscience topics
  • 3 conference streams (Psychotherapy, Organisational and Educational)
  • Panel Discussion
  • Peer-to-peer networking and forum
  • IAAN Annual General Meeting & Social Event
  • 21 Continuing Professional Development Points

Conference Keynote Speakers

Prof Nicholas Talley
Gastroenterologist, epidemiologist, researcher, University and clinical educator. Australia.

Dr Sarah McKay
Neuroscientist, Australia.

Prof Ralph Martins
Neurobiology – Biomedical Sciences Australia.

  • 7th September – Pre-Conference Full Day Workshop – Prof Nicholas Talley
    “Artificial Intelligence devices and your gut health”
  • 8th – 9th September – 3 Keynotes and 90-minute Workshops featuring:

Prof Nicholas Talley – Diagnosis and non-prescription drug management of the irritable bowel syndrome: diets, alternative therapies, and psychological therapies (the what and the how).


Dr Sarah Mackay (Aus) – All In Her Head? Lessons learned writing two books on the female brain.


Prof Ralph Martins – Early Diagnosis and Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease

Jean Annan (NZ) – 7 Dimensions of Children’s Emotional Well-being: Focused support for young people.


Mark Grant (Aus) – Clinical applications of Neuroscience of dissociation.


Peter Janetzki (Aus) – The Relational Brain: Assisting Couples to Change Their Default Mode Networks for Better Outcomes.


Olivia Lesslar (Aus) – Beyond the Five Senses: The Remarkable Role of Transient Receptor Potentials as a Threat Detection Network.


Louise MacKenzie (NZ) – Alternative Treatments in the Mental Health Context from a Neuroscience lens: Psychedelics, Cannabis and Essential Oils.


Dr Dawn Macintyre (PhD) and Jan Sky (Aus) – The Interplay between Neuroscience and Chronic Pain – a personal journey.


Delia McCabe – PhD (USA) – The Role of Nutrition in Mental Health: How to Action the Growing Body of Evidence


Joseph Riordan (Aus) – Secure Phylogenetic Attachment and Interpersonal Neurosynchronistic Phylogenesis: Converging Constructs in the Neuroscience and Treatment of Trauma and Community Psychopathology.


Jeremy Samson (Aus) – Neuropsychotherapy & High Functioning Autism/ Asperger’s Syndrome.


The IAAN is proudly a not-for-profit organization – Sponsorship is welcome for our 2023 conference.
Email your interest to

Click the link below to download the flyer and accommodation booking forms. If you have any questions, please connect with us at
2023 IAAN Conference Flyer.pdf
2023 IAAN Booking Form – Mantra Twin Towns
2023 IAAN Booking Form – The Sebel Twin Towns

Gabriella Garnett -
The Hidden Face of Change: Human Experiences of Emergent Change from an Applied Neurosciences Perspective

When: 11 Feb 2023 16:00 – 17:30
Location: Zoom Webinar
Registration: Non-Member – $50.00
Gabriella is a researcher and practitioner with diverse interests, committed to integrating the fields of organisational psychology and applied neurosciences to shape business environments and practices to create conditions in which people can build strong relationships, do their best work, grow and achieve great things together. Her research focuses on exploring human experiences of emergent change in complex adaptive systems such as the workplace, from an applied neurosciences perspective. She is currently working as the Global Organisational Development Manager for Triggerise, a non-profit that uses innovative tech for good.

Topic: The Hidden Face of Change:
Human Experiences of Emergent Change from an Applied Neurosciences Perspective

Abstract: Behind all changes in organisations, there are changers: The people implementing and impacted by change. The incremental impacts of emergent change on employees at work have been vastly underestimated, and underrepresented in literature, theory and traditional models of planned change. As a result, the impacts of these experiences on organisations have been too, with untold costs on human and business levels. It’s time to shift the focus from all the changes to the changers themselves, and their experiences. Turning to applied neurosciences offers a unique, integrative lens to these questions, enabling us to reconceptualise emergent change, and how humans experience it. Significant findings from this research open doors to new approaches and to designing more brain-friendly workplaces and practices where our teams are empowered to learn, build resilience and strengthen relationships to face whatever may come their way – and to proactively drive change themselves.

IAAN Webinar

Webinar with Dr John Arden

Dr John Arden

Saturday 14 May 2022 10.00 am AEST – Saturday 14 May 2022 12.00 pm NZ – Friday 13 May 2022 5.00 pm PDT – Members: Free access (please log into your Dashboard to access this webinar) – Non-Members: Please click on the Buy Button to access the webinar.

 Topic: Mind-Brain-Gene: Toward Psychotherapy Integration

Overview: Every few years a seemingly new psychotherapeutic approach surges in popularity, only to fade away later as a distant memory. Recently a wide variety of interactive factors underlying many health and mental health problems have been identified. This webinar synthesizes the substantial literature on psychoneuroimmunology and epigenetics, combining it with the neuroscience of emotional, interpersonal, cognitive, dynamics, with psychotherapeutic approaches to offer an integrated vision of psychotherapy. The integrative model promotes a conceptual shift in how we understand mental health problems and their solutions. We can now understand how the immune system, diet, brain structure, and even gut bacteria effect mental health. Psychotherapists in the 21st Century will by necessity become more like healthcare workers to address and resolve adverse mind-body-brain interactions.

IAAN Conference of Applied Neuroscience

Virtual & In Person Registrations Available

Applying Neuroscience Today



Alexandra Hills Hotel & Conference Centre
Cnr Finucan & Mc Donald Roads
Alexandra Hills Qld 4161

Thursday 27: Pre Conference Workshop
8-8:30am : Registration
8:30am – 5pm : Workshop
5pm – 6pm : Registration for conference

Friday 28
8-8.30 am – 5 pm : AGM and social event

Saturday 29
8-8.30 am to 4 pm : Close of conference

Up to 21 Continuing Professional Development Points

  • 12 speakers, covering a wide range of applied neuroscience topics
  • Panel Discussion– Applied Neuroscience Techniques to Cope with Adversity
  • Peer-to-peer networking and forum
  • 3 conference streams (Psychotherapy,
    Organisational and Educational)
  • IAAN Annual General Meeting & Social Event
  • 21 Continuing Professional Development Points

Something For Everyone!

  • The conference covers a variety of applied neuroscience topics, including applications to psychotherapy, education, health, and much more.
  • Speakers are national and international leaders in the field.
  • Opportunity for peer to peer networking.
  • 2 day attendance at the conference for Students includes free Student membership of the International Association of Applied Neuroscience (IAAN).
  • IAAN annual AGM

 Topic: Applying Neuroscience to Schizophrenia

Abstract: Schizophrenia is a complex disorder that likely spans dysfunctions across multiple circuits and neurotransmitter systems. As such, numerous biochemical changes in brain regions have been implicated, indicating neurotransmitter dysfunction in multiple systems. A good understanding of these pathways influences choice of medication and hence effective treatment of schizophrenia. Join an exhilarating talk by consultant psychiatrist Dr Sanil Rege, who weaves neurobiology, psychopharmacology and management strategies in schizophrenia whilst connecting concepts to real life clinical practice.

Keynote Speakers

Baroness Susan Greenfield

Neuroscientist, Author &
Broadcaster Oxford

Prof Nicholas Talley

Gastroenterologist, epidemiologist, researcher, and clinical educator.

Dr John Arden

Psychologist & Author
27th October 2022 Baroness Susan Greenfield Pre-Conference Full Day Workshop

28 – 29 October – 3 Keynotes and 90-minute Workshops featuring:

  • Prof Dirk Geldenhuys & Jenny Venter (SA) – Imbedding safety in an organisational culture: A BrainFit Journey.
  • Jan Sky (Aus) – Brain Potential, leadership powered by neuroscience.
  • Louise MacKenzie (NZ) – Complex Trauma and Neuropsychotherapy: Intuitively intertwining these using creative therapies as an intervention.
  • Joseph Riordan (Aus) – The neuroscience of trauma and attachment.
  • Mary Bowles (USA) – Applied Memory Reconsolidation through the Classical Conditioning of Emotions.
  • Nigel Denning (Aus) – Psychedelic medicine is a rapidly developing new paradigm in mental health management.
  • Richard Hill & Matthew Dahlitz (Aus) – Client-responsiveness, Curiosity, and Sensitive Observation: 3 key elements in the application of science to therapeutic practice.
  • Jean Annan (NZ) – 7 Dimensions of Children’s Emotional Well-being: Application in the educational environment.
  • Fiona Stevens (Aus) – “Into the lion’s den – why Managers avoid addressing bullying complaints”.
IAAN 2022 Conference is proudly sponsored by

Keynote Speaker

Jared Cooney Horvath (PhD, MEd) is a neuroscientist, educator, and author of the new best-selling book Stop Talking, Start Influencing: 12 Insights from Brain Science to Make Your Message Stick. He has conducted research and lectured at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, the University of Melbourne, and over 150 schools internationally. He currently serves as Director of LME Global: a team dedicated to bringing the latest brain and behavioral research to teachers, students, and parents alike.

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IAAN President Dr Roger Mysliwiec  NZMC, DKPM, PBANZ, MIAAN(Cert) 


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Conference Venue is Rydges on Swanston

701 Swanston Street, Carlton, VC, 3053, Australia 

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First International Conference of Applied Neuroscience

To download flyer click HERE

Keynote Speakers summary click HERE

Conference Liftout and Information click HERE


The download links above are for the Conference held in Sydney, Australia, 22-24 May 2019
Where John Arden presented a Pre-conference workshop on the 21st of May 2019