Dr Johnson Huang attains IBFN Fellowship in Childhood Neurodevelopmental Disorders (FIBFN-CND)

Australia is a large country with a fairly small population. That makes our achievements all the more impressive and yet only:

  • 15 Australians have won a Nobel Prize.
  • 6 Aussies have won gold in the winter Olympics.
  • 8 Australians have been awarded the Fellowship in Childhood Neurodevelopmental Disorders (FIBFN-CND).

One of them is our very own chiropractor, Dr Johnson Huang.

Introducing Dr Shen-Fung (Johnson) Huang

Johnson is a chiropractor with a special interest in paediatrics. He was already a very well-qualified healthcare professional, whose qualifications included:

  • Bachelor of Applied Clinical Science, 2000, RMIT University
  • Bachelor of Chiropractic Science, 2000, RMIT University
  • Postgrad Certificate of Clinical Chiropractic in Paediatrics, 2012
  • Certified NeuroImpulse Protocol (NIP) chiropractor
  • Certified IASTM practitioner
  • NSA-trained practitioner.

Johnson has spent many years working with babies, kids and teenagers living with the effects of stroke or neuro-musculoskeletal conditions like cerebral palsy.

Keen to help his patients more, he became interested in neurodevelopmental functional neurology and trained in The Melillo Method™.

What is functional neurology?

Functional neurology is an exciting and growing area of neuroscience, which seeks to improve connections between the brain, nervous system and body. It’s grounded in the concept of neuroplasticity, which recognises that the brain and nervous system can change in response to the right stimuli.

Stimulation makes a big difference to your brain and nervous system. Neurons (brain cells) that receive regular stimulation become stronger and form new connections, known as synapses. In contrast, the cells that don’t receive enough stimulation wither.

What is neurodevelopmental functional neurology?

‘Neurodevelopment’ refers to the development of the brain and nervous system.

Neurodevelopmental disorders are a large group of conditions where the nervous system is damaged during critical periods of early brain development. That can cause symptoms such as:

  • Emotional dysregulation
  • Low muscle control
  • Social difficulties
  • Learning difficulties.

Neurodevelopment disorders include:

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Dyslexia
  • Cerebral palsy.

What is the International Board of Functional Neurology?

In healthcare, Boards play an important role in licensing, educating and disciplining professionals to protect the public.

The International Board of Functional Neurology (IBFN) certifies that healthcare practitioners have, and can, apply the knowledge, skills, and abilities involved in functional neurology.

What is the IBFN Fellowship in Childhood Neurodevelopmental Disorders?

As part of its role, the IBFN provides advanced education in both childhood neurodevelopmental disorders and functional neurology.

Professionals who complete this training and pass a 4-hour exam are awarded the Fellowship of IBFN in Childhood Neurodevelopmental Disorders (FIBFN-CND).

Neurofit’s Dr Johnson Huang recently achieved membership of this select group of Fellows – only the 8th Australian to do so.

What does this mean for your child’s care at Neurofit?

It means you can be confident your child is receiving quality care from a certified practitioner whose skills have been assessed and recognised by an international professional body.

At Neurofit, we believe that brain activity makes an active difference. Our program delivers targeted brain-based therapies to improve focus, function and friendships.

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All information is general and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Neurofit Brain Centre can consult with you to confirm if a particular treatment approach is right for you.


Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Neurodevelopment Flagship, https://www.mcri.edu.au/research/strategic-collaborations/flagships/neurodevelopment, [Accessed 30 January 2024]

International Board of Functional Neurology, https://www.ibfn.org/, [Accessed 30 January 2024]

International Board of Functional Neurology, Fellowship in Childhood Neurodevelopmental Disorders – FIBFN CND,
https://www.ibfn.org/childhood-neurodevelopmental-disorders, [Accessed 30 January 2024]