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Dr Paul Lam at the tai chi workshop Florida, USA 2007
 

 


Purpose:

To empower people to improve their health and wellness


Vision:
 
Making Tai Chi for Health accessible to everyone for health and wellness

Who Are We? Tai Chi workshop in January 2008 Sydney Australia

The institute was founded by Dr Paul Lam and his colleagues in 2009 to empower people to improve their health and wellness. Twelve years ago,
Dr. Paul Lam, a family physician and tai chi expert, worked with a team of tai chi and medical specialists to create the Tai Chi for Arthritis program. Since then, they have created more Tai Chi for Health programs that have helped millions of people to improve quality of their lives. Medical studies have shown these programs effective to improve health safely. Many organizations including the Arthritis Foundation of America, Australia and Singapore; Osteoporosis Australia; Arthritis Care, UK; universities and governments from different countries support one or all of these programs.
 
Dr Paul Lam practicing tai chi at the Great Wall ChinaThe Institute represents all certified instructors/leaders of the Tai Chi for Health programs, it is administered by a director and a governing board consisting of master and senior trainers, instructor, participant (or student) and nominated expert/s.

 
 

AUSTRALIA

6 Fisher Place
Narwee NSW 2209
Phone:  61 2 9533 6511
Fax: 61 2 9534 4311
Email:  service@tchi.org 
 

What Do We Do? Dr Paul Lam with MS society at tai chi training

Our primary focus is to train safe and effective instructors for the program. We aim to fullfill our purpose, realise our vision by followinng our Mission:

• Training effective and safe teachers of the Tai Chi for Health programs
• Developing effective programs though research and development.
• Making the world aware of tai chi as a modality that promotes health.

Scope of the mission

Training effective and safe teachers:
1) Certify instructors and updates.
a) Goal #1: Establish and revise criteria for selection of instructors
b) Goal #2: Establish and revise training curriculum for new instructors
c) Goal #3: Establish and revise criteria for maintenance of instructor status
 
2) Develop and coordinate Senior Trainer certification programs
a) Goal #1: Establish and revise criteria for selection of Senior Trainers
b) Goal #2: Establish and revise training curriculum for new Senior Trainers
c) Goal #3: Establish and revise criteria for maintenance of Senior Trainers status

3) Develop and execute Master Trainer certification programs
a) Goal #1: Establish and revise criteria for selection of Master Trainers
b) Goal #2: Establish and revise training curriculum for new Master Trainers
c) Goal #3: Establish and revise criteria for maintenance of Master Trainers status
d) Training of Master Trainers
 

Developing effective programs through research and development:
1) Modify existing programs as needed and create new ones as the need arises.
2) Provide support to Master Trainers / Senior Trainers /instructors
3) Serve as consultant for proposed research projects
4) Develop collaborative projects with universities and other research investigators
5) Provide leadership for targeted clinical research in fall prevention, arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, health challenges for kids, etc.

Making the world aware of tai chi as a modality that promotes health.
1) Collaborate with other organizations such as the Arthritis Foundation.
2) Serve as a resource for health policymakers, academics, and development practitioners including journalists, teachers, youth and civic leaders.
3) Target universities, key organizations and work sites for instructor workshops
4) Obtain accreditation for CEUs for instructors taking the workshops

Providing support to the missions:
1) Keep a data base for all students utilizing the Tai Chi for Health programs
2) Keep a data base on all research in tai chi for health
3) Create a speakers bureau and PowerPoint presentations to increase knowledge of tai chi for health programs and their benefits

 


Dr Paul Lam Dr Paul Lam, Director of the Tai Chi for Health Institute
Director

Dr Paul Lam, a family physician in Sydney and a tai chi teacher since 1976, is a world leader in  the field of Tai Chi for health improvement. Dr Lam is dedicated to promote Tai Chi for health and wellness. He has participated and published in peer-reviewed journals research projects relating to Tai Chi for health improvement .

Dr Lam has composed several Tai Chi for Health programs that are supported by Foundations around the world including that of Arthritis foundations of Australia, America and UK. By 2010 over two million people around the world has learned and benefited from one of his programs. Dr Lam has written 4 books: Overcoming Arthritis, Tai Chi for Beginners, Tai Chi for Diabetes and Teaching Tai Chi Effectively.

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here for more information about Dr Lam, or contact Dr Lam through service@tchi.org

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Dr Lau Tang Ching (Raymond)
Chair

Dr Lau Tang Ching is working as a Consultant Rheumatologist in the National University HospitalDr Lau Tang Ching (Raymond) Master Trainer of the Tai Chi for Health Programs (NUH), Singapore.  He is the head of the rheumatology division since 2009, Assistant Dean (education) of Yong Loo Ling School of Medicine, and Associate CMB (education) for NUH since June 2010. 
 
He graduated in 1991 from the National University of Singapore and is a fellow of the Academy of Medicine Singapore (rheumatology) since 2001 and the Royal College of Physician (Edinburgh) since 2004.  He holds a MMedSc degree in Clinical Epidemiology (University of Newcastle, Australia), and a graduate diploma degree in acupuncture.  He is the president of the Osteoporosis Society (Singapore) and the vice-chairman of the National Arthritis Foundation. 
 
As there are medical evidences that taichi for health exercises are proven to improve joint pain and function, prevent falls and osteoporosis, he is keen to promote this exercise in Singapore and the Asian region.  

 
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Mark Hoyle
Treasurer
 

more info to come soon.

 
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Margaret Brade
Secretary

Margaret Brade was the first UK Senior Trainer having played a leading role is establishing Paul  Lam’s Tai ChiMargaret Brade, Senior Trainer of the Tai Chi for Health programs workshops in England. She continues to instruct and to support the spread of workshops in many ways.

Margaret has a history of voluntary and community work over many years, becoming a full-time occupation in 1994 when, driven by strong values around empowering people to health, wellbeing and independence, she left her career in the private legal sector. Margaret was appointed to the position of Chief Executive of Age Concern Stockport early in 1995 and has established a respected reputation for openness, integrity and positive partnership working.

Margaret has shown great commitment and dedication to preventative activities both in her work and personal life, and particularly champions’ tai chi for health across the many sectors she works in partnership with. Through her work she has innovated and established groundbreaking preventative non-clinical programmes earning national recognition.

Margaret has played an interested role in the development of the Institute from its beginnings. She has used her considerable knowledge skills and experience both as a lawyer and as a Chief Executive in a leading voluntary organisation to benefit the thinking and the eventual structure, principles and policy of the Institute.
 
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Carolyn Hotchkiss
Vice Chair
 

Carolyn first began practicing Tai Chi in 2004 and first learned of Dr. Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Health programs from his videos.  Once she attended her first week-long workshop in 2008, she knew she had found her Tai Chi family.  She teaches TCA in workplace wellness programs, and is interested in the ways that Tai Chi for Health programs can help people achieve more balanced and healthy lives, even in stressful work environments. She serves on the Board of the U.S. Tai Chi for Health Community.   

Carolyn has been a Law Professor, teaching Business Law, Ethics, and International Law for more than twenty-five years.  She is currently the Dean of the Faculty at Babson College, a business school known for its entrepreneurship programs and its educational innovation. 

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Marty Kidder
 
Marty is instructor and owner of Oak Tree Tai Chi in Canton CT. He began the practice of Tai Chi  in Sept 2001 asMarty Kidder, Master Trainer of the Tai Chi for Health programs a curious student who had heard about Tai Chi but really didn’t know much about it. As he practiced he began to notice positive changes in his health. His knees, which were scheduled for replacement, were not requiring the usual ice and heavy meds to relieve pain. After a year of Tai Chi he was off all medications and had returned to a normal active lifestyle without pain. He didn’t understand these changes but he decided he needed to share the wonderful gift that was given to him through the practice of Tai Chi and Qigong. 

In June of 2003 Marty was certified to teach Dr Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Arthritis. He taught his first class in July 2003.

In Jan 2005, after 30 years of service in the US Navy as a human resource manager, Marty transitioned to civilian life. Marty has a Masters Degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, his undergraduate degree is in Business Administration, he currently serves on the board of directors for two national nonprofit organizations: The US Navy Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund and the Tai Chi for Health Community.

In the spring of 2006, Marty was nominated and selected to be a Senior Trainer in Dr Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for health programs. As a Senior Trainer, Marty assisted Master Trainers in certification workshops and mentored new Tai Chi for Health instructors helping them strengthen their instructor and tai chi skill sets.

In Jan 2008 Marty accepted Dr Paul Lam’s invitation to attend a Master Trainer course in Sydney Australia. As a Master Trainer, Marty is certified to conduct Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor certification workshops.

Since Jan 2008 Marty has conducted 32 TCA workshops throughout the USA.

Marty has also taught TCD and TCO in the June 2009 workshop and TCA & Fall Prevention in the June 2010 workshop.
 
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Rani Hughes
Master Trainer Representative of the Australia/NZ region
 
Rani Hughes is working as a private occupational therapist in Melbourne, Australia. With 15Rani Hughes, Master Trainer of the Tai Chi for Health Programs years experience of learning and teaching tai chi and mindfulness, she wants to bring these mind/body practices into main-stream health.
 
Rani has worked closely with various Arthritis Foundations in Australia to actively promote, educate and research Dr. Lam’s modified Tai Chi for Health programs. She has been involved on other Boards including Vipassana Insight Mediation Foundation, UN Day of Vesak (Melbourne) and most recently on the Tai Chi for Health Institute Board.
 
Rani would like to be involved with a global approach to promote modified tai chi as a safe and effective tool for the growing number of people experiencing chronic illness around the world.  She would be honoured to serve on the Tai Chi for Health Board.    
 
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Shelia Rae
Master Trainer Representative of the USA/Canada Region
  
Shelia Rae is dedicated to sharing and promoting the study of qigong and tai chi worldwide. HerShelia Rae, Master Trainer of the Tai Chi for Health Programs appointment to the Arthritis Foundation's Speakers Bureau has given her the opportunity to speak at events for many organizations.

She has been teaching TCA since 1999 and includes TCA and TCD in her classes at The University of Memphis and The University of Mississippi. Shelia also has classes at many area churches, retirement homes, rehabiliation centers, the VA hospital, and Shelby County Division of Corrections. In 2003 at International competition held in Dallas, Texas she was awarded both Gold ( SUN style) and Bronze (YANG style ) medals.

She is affiliated with The Healing Arts Medical Group of Memphis where she is a medical qigong instructor and Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist licensed in the State of Tennessee.
 
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Jocelyn Simpson
Jocelyn Simpson has been involved with Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Health programs since 2006 as aJocelyn Simpson, Senior Trainer of the Tai Chi for Health Programs class participant, then an instructor, now a Senior Trainer and Board member, bringing a unique grassroots perspective to the Board.  She strongly believes in the mission of TCHI and works to spread that mission throughout the communities within which she serves in the greater Atlanta metro area and beyond. 
Jocelyn serves on the Programs Committee of the Arthritis Foundation Southeast Region and works closely with the Program Director.  As a member of the Board, Jocelyn hopes to contribute even more to help build the future of TCHI and preserve its heritage.
Jocelyn holds a BA degree from Ohio University as a political science major with a business administration minor.  She continued her post-graduate studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago and worked as a paralegal for several years before entering the health and wellness arena.
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Philomena Kaarma
 
Philomena [Philo] Kaarma was encouraged to join the Better Health Tai Chi Chuan School inPhilomena Kaarama Sydney, Australia by her husband Mati, it is the best thing they have ever done, apart from marrying, with the fantastic instructors it has been a wonderful journey that will not end for some time. 

Philo is currently employed by the South Western Sydney Area Health Service for 15 years being involved in nursing research and for the past 3 years as research assistant at the cardiovascular research department, Liverpool Hospital, Sydney. 

An important motto ‘to give back when you can’ is a part of her philosophy, and Philo has been the Editor of the BHTCC school newsletter for two years and previously was the Editor of the ‘Het Blatdje’, the newsletter for the Australian Dutch community.  Philo was previously the Chairman of the Albury Wodonga SBS Working Party Committee and served on the committee for the 50 Year Celebration of Back to Bonegilla, Australia’s biggest and longest surviving migrant centre.  
 
Philo Kaarma is very excited to be involved in the Tai Chi for Health Institute, with her strong interest in health research; she would love to see Tai Chi as a way of life for the world’s population, being a healthy addition to our modern lifestyle.
 
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Gordana Naumoff

Chief Operating Officer

Gordana is dedicated to serve the Institute under the direction of the board, she is married with two children and enjoys assisting to further the purpose of the Institute to empower people to improve their health and wellness through the Tai Chi for Health programs. You can contact her at 

gordana.naumoff@taichiproductions.com


Carmen MurrayCarmen Murray, Manager

Manager, USA
 
Carmen is dedicated in helping the Tai Chi for Health Programs expand and support Dr Lam’s mission through her service in the USA office. She spent 10 years with the Marriott International, first as an Event Manager and then a Cluster Revenue Manager. Carmen is the Manager of the Tai Chi for Health Institute and enjoys the less stressful atmosphere and the wonderful people she talks to about tai chi.
 
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