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 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 International Society of Neurofeedback and Research (iSNR) was established in 1999 in Brisbane, attracting 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.
In 2020 iSNR changed its name to the 'International Society for Neuroregulation and Research (ISNR)', to capture its broader framework of practice of its clinicians and researchers. ANSA is an affiliate of ISNR, working closely with our colleagues and other international affiliates from Europe, South Africa and the Americas.