INFTA is privileged to count on the expertise of a number of revered and senior personalities on its Advisory Board. These eminent representatives of Public life, research, business and Public health in Australia and overseas assist INFTA in various ways to accomplish its mission and vision. INFTA is grateful to count and rely on the continued advice and support of its Advisory Board.
Her career has seen her serve three terms with Yarra Ranges Shire Council, a place of great natural beauty and home to the heavily forested closed water catchments that supply Melbourne’s water. She has also served one term as a Member of the Victorian Parliament as a Member of the Legislative Council for Eastern Metropolitan Region. In that time one of Samantha’s roles was to advocate for the protection of forests as Spokesperson for Forests.
Her vast knowledge of Victorian forests was evident in her participation in parliamentary inquiries including the Inquiry into VicForests Operations and the inquiry into Fire Season Preparedness. Her time as spokesperson for forests saw her develop a transition plan for the forestry sector. She has a thorough understanding of the complexities of the regulatory arrangements and issues affecting Victoria from both an industry and environmental perspective. She has also spearheaded extensive community engagement campaigns to protect Victoria’s native forests during her time in local government and the state parliament. Samantha has led many tours to the forests nearby Melbourne and has seen firsthand the positive impact a healthy and biodiverse forest has on the people who visit.
She has been on numerous advisory committees and groups including:
- Victorian Parliament Environment and Planning Standing Committee
- Victorian Parliament Economy and Infrastructure Standing Committee
- Municipal Association of Victoria Strategic Environment Advisory Group
- Wood and Water Project Reference Group
- Yarra Ranges Environment Advisory Committee
- Yarra Ranges Fire Management Committee
- Yarra Ranges Tree Task Force
She is an experienced strategist, advocate and negotiator and dedicates much of her time inspiring others to love nature, especially our forests. Thus, INFTA is privileged to have Samantha as a relentless advocate for our forests, forest health and community well-being on its Advisory Board.
Aside from her clinical work, Emma is a current doctoral candidate in Creative Arts Therapy at The MIECAT Institute and has been working as university lecturer in post-graduate counselling and psychotherapy degrees for the past five years. Emma is a member of the Leadership Committee of The Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). Prior, she held various leadership roles on executive committees within the counselling and psychotherapy profession in Victoria since 2011. She is an active contributor to the development of the profession with a strong belief in consumers having access to a wide range of evidence and practice-based approaches that suit their own preferences and needs.
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Prof Dr Namyun Kil
Further to this, he is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and will soon be a Certified Forest Therapy Guide. He is currently facilitating guided forest therapy walks to the Public with and without physical and mental disabilities.
Prof Dr Qing Li
Qing Li is the world’s foremost expert in forest medicine. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Stanford University School of Medicine and is a Founding Member and Chairman of the Japanese Society for Forest Medicine, a leading member of the Task Force of Forests and Human Health and the Vice President and Secretary General of the International Society of Nature and Forest Medicine (INFOM).
An author of many fascinating articles and books, most notably ‘Forest Medicine‘, Qing practices Forest Therapy actively and does not get tired of telling colleagues, media and the Public about its manifold benefits. INFTA is, indeed, very privileged to count on Qing and his outstanding work and expertise as an Advisory Board Member.
Dr Harry Marget
Dr Marget graduated from Adelaide University and has worked all over Australia. Harry always has Public health on his mind when he states his professional motto:
“My whole life has been a journey towards advancing oral health”.
John began his Qigong training in the year 2000 when he studied for diplomas in Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Since then he has been active in clinical work, teaching and ongoing research, nationally and internationally.
John has acquired a range of qualifications:
- Diploma in Chi Kung (Qigong)
- Diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Certificate in Remedial Massage
- Certificate in Chinese Reflexology
- Certificate in Personal Training
- Certified NLP Practitioner
Prof Dr Byeongsang Oh
Dr Oh is involved in the development of integrative oncology clinical medicine bridging the gap between Western medicine and complementary medicine with interest in cancer survivor-ship at Sydney Medical School and Northern Sydney Cancer Centre, Royal North Shore Hospital. Dr Oh has conducted numerous TCM clinical trials and is well-published in the area of oncology and Forest Therapy. He has practised acupuncture and other complementary medicine for over 15 years, specialising in cancer care.
Dr. Oh is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) & Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO), the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA), Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is registered as a Chinese medicine practitioner with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA). He is currently training several experienced practitioners in this field who may also treat patients. Dr. Oh has a personal interest and passion in Forest Therapy and Qigong and INFTA is very privileged to draw on his advice.
Prof Dr Sheng-Yang Wang
He is a biochemist, scholar and investigator and in his capacity as Dean coordinating the International College of Innovation and Industry Liaison at his university. Additionally, as its Director he supervises the Bachelor Program of Biotechnology. Moreover, David is Chairman of the Chinese Society of Forestry (Taiwan).
Within the Department of Forestry at David runs the Laboratory of Tree Metabolomics and Natural Medicine Development. As such he has published dozens of articles about the biochemical and biophysiological properties of phytoncides (or terpenes). Phytoncides are the volatile organic substances emitted from trees and plants which constitute an important part of their own immune system. As we have learned that phytoncides are also very beneficial for human health, for example, in bringing down blood pressure and pulse rates or by enhancing the production of so-called ‘natural killer’ cells which are important for fighting cancer and tumor cells, David is at the forefront of this highly relevant research.
Most recently, David has contributed with an article on the effectiveness of phytoncides to the International Handbook of Forest Therapy compiled by INFTA (Kotte, D., Li, Q, Shin, W.S. & Michalsen, A. (eds.) (2019). International Handbook of Forest Therapy. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; Cambridge Scholars Publishing).
INFTA is honored to have David on its Advisory Board and works actively on several aspects of further collaboration with David, the Chinese Society of Forestry (Taiwan) and National Chung-Hsing University.