Origins of ANSA
ANSA was formed in November 2006 from the amalgamation of the AAAPB (Australian Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback) and the Pacific Rim Chapter of ISNR (International Society for Neurofeedback & Research).
A Short History of the AAAPB
AAAPB was established largely through the efforts of Dr. Del Sherlock, psychologist and founding member of AAAPB, who studied brain asymmetry for her PhD at Monash University. While attending the 1995 ‘Australian Psychological Society Conference’ in Cairns she was encouraged to by the potential of Biofeedback for self-regulation. A network of interested psychologists started to meet at workshops presented by biofeedback specialists and eventually became members of the U.S. based Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).
A small committee in Australia became involved in providing regular Newsletters and monthly teleconferences to interested professionals throughout Australia and eventually incorporated the Australian Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAAPB) with Don Brinkworth as Secretary and Dr. Rob Apathy as President. To coincide with the Incorporation of the AAAPB an inaugural Conference was held at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU Canberra, on the 25th May, 1997.
A short history of Pacific Rim Chapter of ISNR
The Australia Pacific Rim Chapter of the iSNR was established in 1999 in Brisbane. Since then the organisation grew steadily and attracted people from various professional disciplines conducting neurotherapy training and research. iSNR has supported education and the promotion of excellence in the field of neurotherapy and the promotion of the acceptance of this discipline by society.