Newsletters and Articles


 Newsletter & Important Rule Changes - July 2017


Hi everyone and thank you to all of you who contributed ideas, feedback or attended AGM events in May.

It was heartwarming to be at our yearly meeting and to be able to connect with members there and at the satellite events.  By the sound of it everyone enjoyed it too, so let's see if we can grow the event in the coming years. 

In this newsletter we'll be introducing our two new committee members Karin Lidgaard and Anna Thomson. Anna has jumped in feet first and contributed an article on the recent post grad in Auckland with Steve Haines.  (Thanks Anna!)  

We also catch up with Ged Sumner from Body Intelligence and have a chat with him about India and also where BI is heading in the next 10 years.  

There's news on rule changes as voted on at the AGM.   Staying with the AGM... we have a report about the day and a link to my report which rounds up the last PACT year.

We got a link to the work of Stephen Porges that has some great portals into a deeper understanding of the autonomic nervous system.

Also in case you've missed it we've included a picture of the new logo which will start to appear on all things PACT as we continue to roll out our revamp all of correspondence, the website and marketing material. Tim (our web guy) has put the logo on the website so you can down load it for use on business cards and websites etc. 
There's information on our brochure sale too.

We welcome contributions of all kinds to this newsletter, please let me know if you have feedback too so that we can continue to improve what we do.  Feel free to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your feedback or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with newsletter contributions

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new professional members:

Teresa Booth (NZ), Sofia Poly (AU),
Angelene Joy Dryland (NZ), Steve Haines (EU), Samantha Louise Wolfe (AU), Amanda Jayne Dickie (AU) and Barry Mills (AU).

And our new student members:

Alina Acevedo (US),  Tracey Bell (NZ),
Thailambal Chandramohan (IN), T.A. Garraghan (ASIA), 
Karoliina Munter (CA), Jennifer Plotnikoff (CA), Naveena Goffer (NZ), Sally Ann Barraud (NZ), Natasha Rickit (NZ), Caroline Panesar (NZ), Sophie Haviland (AU), Mandy Mead (NZ) and Joan Chua (CA).

Michelle Driscoll - PACT Chairperson

Newsletter - May 2017

News from the Chair

Dear PACT Members

We've got a number of things to let you know about in this newsletter including AGM info, a word from the Vice Chairperson, some exclusive content from some BCST thought leaders and a look into what's happening behind the scenes at PACT HQ.  

We'd like to let you all know too that after much feedback from the PACT membership, and knowing that committee members contribute many, many hours to keeping PACT going, the Executive Committee have voted to remunerate the Office Bearing members to the amount of $1000 per year. This certainly does not come close to covering the hours put in by these committee members but aims to acknowledge the invaluable effort that keeps our association afloat.

Our decision to make the Registrar’s role a paid position twelve months ago has proven to be invaluable. Danielle Rowarth has managed to get on top of membership issues and processing of new members and renewals is running smoothly.  We have had some wonderful people unpaid in this role in the past and we are forever grateful for their contribution to this time consuming and important role. As our membership grows and so too the workload, we have come to see that it is essential to have somebody who can dedicate their time to the role in this way so we can maintain our efficiency as a professional body.
Please let us know if you have any questions.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new professional members:
Laura Young (CAN), Naomi Cassrels (NZ), Myrna Martin (CAN), Darlene Marie Musser (CAN), Ana Thomson (NZ), Eveline Jasper (NZ), Erin Dunlop (NZ), Jill Stewart (CAN), Johanna Andreasen (AU), Fiona Ross (NZ), Daniela Transchel (CAN), Megan McGibbon (NZ), Lindsay Fox (NZ),  Susan Smeeton (AU), Lucille Rayner (CAN), Renee Simpson (NZ), Manuela Homer (CAN) and Lisa Edwards (AU).

And our new student members:
Neshat Mehrnoosh (CAN), Victoria Camplin-Welch (NZ), Stephanie Bissiere (SINGAPORE), Derryn Keep (AU), Marilyn Watson (CAN), Felicia Schwartz (AU), Lysanne de Graaf (AU), Andrea Finta (MALAYSIA), Verena Nistler (AU), Amanda Jane Dickie (AU), Gillian Kumar Das (MALAYSIA), Joanna Klar (NZ), Winawati Husman (INDONESIA), Anna Craig (AU), Hana Campbell (NZ), Samantha Wolfe (AU), Gaylene Jakicevich (NZ), Christa Beate Thoma (NZ), Mary Barlow (AU), and
Monique Henry (AU).

Michelle Driscoll - PACT Chairperson

Upcoming courses and info on the Breath of Life conference 


Below is a copy of an email recently sent by Stillness Trainings advising of an upcoming course in New South Wales.  

We are also sending you information about the Breath of Life Conference to be held in London this coming May.  Please contact the organisers directly if you would like more information.

We also have some information about Steve Haines', (Co-Founder of Body Intelligence) Post Grad workshops in Australia and New Zealand 

Best wishes


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Hi PACT members, Here are the details for the upcoming AGM

Date:    Saturday 27th May 2017

Time:   10.00am  Potency Lab
           4.00pm    PACT 2017 AGM
           6.30pm    Dinner (included in cost for those attending Lab and AGM)

Linen Room - Abbotsford Convent - 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, Melbourne

Skype:  If you wish to join by Skype, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the Secretary

Cost:     AU$25

All current members are more than welcome and are encouraged to attend.  

Please contact Hinu Komene, PACT Secretary, via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

This workshop and dinner is limited to the first 20 applicants.  To secure your place workshop fees must be paid in full. Registrations close 19th May, 2016.

Current financial members, please click on the paypal button below

If your membership has expired please login to the website and renew your membership before registering for the AGM and workshop.

Please note that members can also gather in the following NZ locations where there will be therapist swap sessions and a group Skype to join the meeting:

Papakura:        Lyn Mackay    027 206 2166
Northland:       Alice Grant    0210 248 0569
Hawkes Bay:    Nadine Vollmerg    0211 401 331

Please call the relevant contact for address details.

The Body Keeps The Score


Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma

By Bessel Van Der Kolk  (Penguin Books Ltd, Paperback, 446pages)

“Our bodies are the texts that carry the memories and therefore remembering is no less than reincarnation” (Katie Cannon, p. 184).

The connection between trauma and the physical body is of great interest to me, and when I saw this book, I bought it without thinking twice. My heart sank when I realised that the reference list is about 50 pages long and I prepared myself for some dense academic reading. However, I was hooked right from page one. Although the book is full of facts, which are backed up by research, it is very accessible and hard to put down. Personal experiences and many case studies make this book so fascinating and readable.

The author, Bessel Van Der Kolk, is a psychiatrist and founder of a trauma centre in Boston. He has been working with victims of abuse, neglect, natural disasters, wars, accidents, human trafficking and assaults for over 30 years. We follow the journey of this remarkable man who tirelessly examines what works and for whom. His work centres on the question: “How can people gain control over residues of past trauma and return to being masters of their own ship?” (p. 3).