Kath Berry completed a Bachelor of Health Science (BHSc) Traditional Chinese Medicine at Victoria University, Australia in 2000.
In 2001 Kath received a Certificate of Advanced Clinical Practice from Dalian Chinese Medicine Hospital, PR China.
In 2006 Kath graduated from the University of Technology Sydney with a Masters in Science (MSc) for research, a clinical trial at a Sydney Hospital, which centred on the use of acupuncture to treat anxiety and sleeping problems in patients recovering from addictions.
Kath is an accredited Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS) and trainer of the NADA ear acupuncture protocol, having received specialist training in New York in 2007.
On graduating from University in 2000, Kath was employed by the Raymond Hader Clinic, a private Drug and Alcohol facility in Melbourne Australia. Kath’s role was to deliver group therapy and tailored acupuncture treatments for clients undergoing accelerated opiate withdrawal treatment for heroin dependence.
In 2001 Kath moved to Sydney and set up a boutique Acupuncture practice in the popular beachside suburb of Tamarama next to Australia’s famous Bondi Beach.
She was concurrently employed to run a NSW state-wide education program offering General Practitioners Drug and Alcohol specialist training.
In 2004 Kath set up Australia’s first hospital-based clinical trial investigating acupuncture as a treatment for drug and alcohol withdrawal. During this time she developed an interest in co-existing mental health and drug and alcohol comorbidities.
In 2006 Kath developed specialist GP education about mental health and drug and alcohol comorbidities and this program was launched in Parliament House and rolled out across the whole of Australia. She was employed to visit every capital city to run ‘train the trainer’ education and oversee the national GP training program.
Concurrently Kath was employed by the University of Technology Sydney a sessional lecturer, tutor in Chinese massage and clinical supervisor for the student acupuncture clinic.
Kath is the founder of The Acupuncture Network (2004 – 2012), a non-profit organisation set up in Australia to offer an online professional discussion group.
Kath is a former Board of Directors (2010 – 2013) for the Association of Community and Multi-bed Acupuncture Clinics (ACMAC) a peak body organisation set up in the UK to support affordable and accessible acupuncture treatment, irrespective of income and social demographics.
Kath is the Co-Founder and the former Vice President (2014 – 2016) of the Acupuncture Now Foundation, a USA-based charity which aims to reduce the burden of disease world-wide by promoting the use of acupuncture and other traditional treatments.
Kath is currently on the Advisory Board for Evidence Based Acupuncture (EBA) a non-profit USA based organisation which aims to achieve better health through better information about acupuncture’s scientific evidence. She is current Director of EBA Connect: an educational program for acupuncturists offering continuing professional development and specialist training.
Electroacupuncture and TENS: Putting Theory into practice. Journal of Chinese Medicine. (2010) Issue 92 Feb
Liver Damage from Chemical Dependence. London College of Traditional Acupuncture publication The Dragon’s Tale. London UK
Understanding Chemical Dependence Module 1: Introduction. (2008) Published online with Rootdown.Us, USA
Understanding Chemical Dependence Module 2: Common drugs. (2008) Published online with Rootdown.Us, USA
The ‘Can Do’ Initiative Managing Mental Health and Substance Use in General Practice: ‘Can Do’ for Young People Families. (2007) Australian General Practice Network, Australia
The ‘Can Do’ Initiative Managing Mental Health and Substance Use in General Practice: ‘Can Do’ for Veterans and Veterans Families (2007) Australian General Practice Network, Australia
An Examination of the Effectiveness of Acupuncture as an Adjunct to an Alcohol and Other Drugs Treatment Program- A Pilot Study (2006) Thesis publication submitted to the University of Technology Sydney, Australia
The ‘Can Do’ Initiative Managing Mental Health and Substance Use in General Practice: (2007) Australian General Practice Network, Australia
Teams of Two Joint Learning Initiative Mental Health and Substance Use Comorbidity (2006) Alliance of NSW Divisions and NSW Department of Health, Australia
Unravelling D&A: Drug and Alcohol Resources for General Practitioners and Community Pharmacists (2005) CD ROM. Funded by the AER Foundation, Australia