What We Do

Traditional Medicine Consultancy Pty Ltd (TMC) is an Australian based business which specialises in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), with a strong focus on the traditional and scientific evidence-based research of herbal medicines, product development, pharmacognosy and natural medicine education.

Contact Details

Justin Sinclair

Principal Consultant

j.sinclair@tmconsultancy.com.au

office@tmconsultancy.com.au

      

Herbal Resource Centre

Photo resources are free to use and include access to many images of herbal medicines, toxic plants and fungi. Should you have any photos that you wish to share in this domain open source, please contact the office.

     Proud members of the NHAA.                                                                                                                       

 

 
 
Justin Sinclair   
                                                                        
M.HerbMed (USyd) BHSc (Nat)(UNE)
ND DBM DRM DNut (FNHAA MATMS MSCC MICRS)
 
Principal Consultant & Director - TMC Pty Ltd
Research Fellow, NICM Health Research Institute (Western Sydney University) 
Scientific Advisory Board, United in Compassion
PharmacognosistLecturer & Researcher

Justin has spent decades exploring the diverse field of herbal medicine, both from a scientific and traditional perspective. In his early formative years he had the privilege of living in outback Jabiru in the Northern Territory for 12 months and started to develop an interest in herbal medicine from observing Australia's indigenous Aboriginals and their deep rooted knowledge of the land. It was something that stayed with him for a long time, and at 18, he started studying a Bachelor of Science (Forestry) at the Australian National University, but soon realised this was not the career he was after.

This started a journey that took him to the United States, with many years spent wandering mountain trails, camping in alpine meadows, trekking in deserts, speaking with Elders, quietly observing Nature and finally culminating in time spent with Native American Indians which cemented his desire to learn more about the therapeutic applications of plants and traditional systems of medicine...

He journeyed back to Australia to commence his 'formal' studies in 1997 with the University of New England (BHSc Naturopathy) and then completed the Master of Herbal Medicines degree with the University of Sydney's Faculty of Pharmacy in 2004.

Key areas of study in this post-graduate degree were toxicology, pharmacognosy, analytical phytochemistry, herb /drug interactions, pharmaceutical technology and medicinal botany.  

Justin continues to study and research to this day...

Since those early years, Justin has been practicing at various clinics in NSW and Queensland and has been a sessional lecturer at both Endeavour College of Natural Health and the Australasian College of Natural Therapies (ACNT). Over the last decade he has been an active member  of numerous college committees and advisory groups, won two educational awards for teaching excellence and was awarded practitioner of the year in the inaugural Nature and Health awards in 2015.

He has served on the Board of Directors for the Naturopaths & Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA) as both an Executive Director and Examiner and currently sits on the Board Member Advisory Committee for the NHAA since its inception in April, 2014. In 2015, he was appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board of United in Compassion (UIC) which supports the use of medicinal Cannabis in Australia and acts as a hub to support, disseminate and promote safe, equitable and compassionate access to medicinal Cannabis at every stage from cultivation through to finished product. In January 2017, he was appointed as the Head Scientist for the Scientific Advisory Board for UIC. This aligned well with his study and research into the botany, ethnopharmacology, cultivation, phytochemistry and therapeutic applications of the Cannabis plant which has been undertaken both in Australia and overseas for over 15 years. Justin also sits on the Scientific Advisory Board for BioCeuticals, one of Australia's leading practitioner only nutritional and therapeutic supplement companies.

Working in education since 2003, Justin has taught a wide variety of subjects over the years including medical sciences such as anatomy, physiology, clinical examination, integrated pharmacology, clinical pathology and biochemistry whilst also delivering modality specific subjects such as botany, Materia Medica, manufacturing, herbal therapeutics, clinical prescription and his beloved phytochemistry / pharmacognosy. The majority of this time has been as a sessional lecturer, but he has also held the position of senior lecturer within the Naturopathic department of Endeavour College between 2009 and 2010, overseeing the development and implementation of botany, herbal manufacturing and pharmacognosy subjects.

When time allows, he also enjoys academic writing and has several peer-reviewed publications in evidence-based textbooks and journals to his name.

Blending the best of both modern Science and traditional knowledge, his clinical interests include:

  • Pain management (particularly osteoarthritis);

  • Mental health disorders (anxiety disorders, depression);

  • Herb/drug/nutrient interactions (Pharmacokinetic, Pharmacodynamic & Physicochemical), and

  • Skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis and acne); 

Current Research interests include:

  • Pharmacognosy / new drug development from medicinal plants;

  • Plant pharmacology for pain, inflammation & immunomodulation;

  • Medicinal Cannabis phytochemistry, cannabinoid based pharmacology and related dosage forms; 

  • The ethnopharmacology and ethnobotany of Cannabis sp;

  • Medicinal fungi (immunomodulatory and immunostimulant activity), and

  • Herbal manufacturing, dosage forms and novel drug delivery design.

​Justin is curently a Research Fellow at NICM Health Research Institute, an international leader in integrative medicine research based at Western Sydney University where he also heads up the Australian Medicinal Cannabis Research and Education Collaboration (AMCREC). He is a Fellow of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA) and maintains full membership with both the NHAA and the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS). He also holds Associate membership with the Society of Cannabis Clinicians (USA) and the International Cannabinoid Research Society. For more information on Justin's qualifications, industry/professional experience and achievements, please click here 

List of Publications

Book chapters (Peer-reviewed)

 

 

 

 

 

  • Sinclair, J & Hechtman, L 2011 Herbal Medicine in Hechtman, L (ed) Clinical Naturopathic Medicine Elsevier Australia Chatswood NSW Chapter 6 pp.103 – 149.

 

 

 

Journal articles (Peer-reviewed)

 

 

 

 

Research articles

 

 

 

 

  • Sinclair, J 2006 Greenridge Medicine Interaction Guide: For Doctors, Pharmacists, Naturopaths and other Healthcare Professionals. November. Published by TP Health Ltd, Ballina NSW Australia.

Press / Media

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • My Daughter is fading away without medicinal cannabis. 09/07/17. Sunday Times. Body & Soul http://couriermail.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx pp.12-13.

 

 

  • Pot battle looms for Grandma. 22 January, 2017. NZ Sunday Star-Times.                         https://www.pressreader.com/new-zealand/sunday-star-times/textview

 

 

 

 

Government submissions

 

 

 

Radio, Interviews or Podcasts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lectures & Presentations

 

  • What is Medicinal Cannabis? The facts and the fiction. 20th June, 2018. Medical Cannabis: Debunking the Myths (1 day Seminar) NSW Nurses & Midwives Association. Wollongong NSW.

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Ethnopharmacology of Cannabis: From the Neolithic to Now & Panel discussion on Medicinal Cannabis. 13th May, 2018. Hemp Health and Innovation Expo. Rosehill Gardens, Sydney NSW.

 

  • Panel discussion on Medicinal Cannabis. 12th May, 2018. Hemp Health and Innovation Expo. Rosehill Gardens, Sydney NSW.

 

  • Tropes within the Medical Cannabis Debate: Fact vs Fiction & Panel discussion. 5th May, 2018. Hemposium Education Session for Mardigrass Festival. Nimbin NSW.

 

  • Cannabis and the ECS: Navigating the Facts and the Fiction. 17 April, 2018. Endeavour College, Sydney Campus New South Wales

 

  • Speaker Panel and Public Forum On Medicinal Cannabis. 14th-15th April, 2018. Australasian Integrative Medicine Association. Auckland University of Technology.

 

  • The Ethnopharmacology of Cannabis: From the Neolithic to Now. 14th April, 2018. Australasian Integrative Medicine Association. Auckland University of Technology.

 

 

 

  • What is Medicinal Cannabis? The Facts and the Fiction. 9th March, 2018. NSW Nurses and Midwives Association, Regional Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol Nurses Medicinal Cannabis Forum. Coffs Harbour, NSW.

 

 

 

  • The Ethnopharmacology of the Cannabis genus: From the Neolithic to Now. 2nd December, 2017. Hemp, Health and Innovation Expo. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Victoria.

 

 

 

 

  • What is Medicinal Cannabis?: The Facts and Fiction. 6th October, 2017. Research Breakfast by the Beach. Cancer Council NSW. 

 

 

 

  • What is Medicinal Cannabis? The Facts and the Fiction. 8th September, 2017. Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Nurses' Forum. NSW Nurses and Midwives Association. Waterloo Sydney.

 

 

 

 

  • Cannabis and the ECS: Navigating the Facts and Fiction. May 24, 2017. Grand Rounds Endeavour College Gold Coast Campus Queensland.

 

  • Cannabis and the Endocannabinoid System. December 29, 2016. Woodford Folk Festival. Woodford Queensland

 

  • Medical Cannabis in Australia. December 27, 2016. Woodford Folk Festival. Woodford Queensland.

  • A Re-introduction to Cannabis. October 26, 2016. Victorian Herbalists Association. Richmond, Victoria

 

 

 

 

  • The Alchemy of Herbal Medicine: Spagyric tinctures, Elixirs and the Vegetable Stone. 2013. 8th International Conference on Herbal Medicine (NHAA) 11-13/04/2013 Melbourne Australia.

 

  • Tea Tree: Our Indigenous antimicrobial. 2009. Queensland Herb Society. Mount Cooth-tha Botanic Gardens. 3/2/2009. Toowong Queensland Australia.

 

  • Tea Tree Oil; Nature's First Aid Kit. 2008. National Herbalists Association of Australia National Herbal Medicine Week Guest speaker. Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. 27/9/2008. Toowong Queensland Australia.

 

  • The Multifarious Therapeutic applications of our Indignenous Tea Tree. 2006. International Federation of Aromatherapists (Australian Branch). 25-26/3/2006. Sofitel hotel, Broadbeach Queensland Australia.

 

What We Do

Traditional Medicine Consultancy Pty Ltd (TMC) is an Australian based business which specialises in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), with a strong focus on the traditional and scientific evidence-based research of herbal medicines, product development, pharmacognosy and natural medicine education.

Contact Details

Justin Sinclair

Principal Consultant

j.sinclair@tmconsultancy.com.au

office@tmconsultancy.com.au

      

Herbal Resource Centre

Photo resources are free to use and include access to many images of herbal medicines, toxic plants and fungi. Should you have any photos that you wish to share in this domain open source, please contact the office.

     Proud members of the NHAA.