Board & Management
ASLM is managed by a volunteer board of doctors, allied health practitioners and public health professionals, dedicated to making a difference to the health and wellbeing of Australians and New Zealanders, and to improving our health system to better prevent, manage and treat the ‘lifestyle’-related conditions responsible for at least 70% of the burden on our society, communities and families.
Dr Sam Manger
MBBS (MD), BSc, FRACGP, FASLM, Medical Educator
Dr Sam completed his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and Bachelor of Science (BSc) at the University of Queensland. He is a General Practitioner and Fellow with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), where he received an award for the highest score obtained in the fellowship examinations. He is the President and a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM), which focusses on managing conditions with lifestyle measures including nutrition, movement, mind states, social connection, connection to nature, online & advanced technology, health coaching techniques and public policy evolution.
He is a rural GP in private practice, Clinical Research Fellow at the Mind and Neuroscience Thompson Institute, Senior Lecturer and Medical Educator with James Cook University (JCU) College of Medicine and Dentistry, Vocational Medical Officer with Queensland Health and host of The GP Show podcast.
In his spare time he studies and practices functional movement, martial arts, the Wim Hof technique, permaculture and bush survival.
Dr Chris Ganora
MBBS, BMedSc, MPH, FRACGP
Chris obtained his medical degree from the University of Sydney. He has subsequently worked in multiple locations around rural and urban Australia, throughout numerous fields of medicine ranging from Indigenous health, addiction medicine and adolescent health. This broad clinical experience drew him passionately towards the field of public health in which he achieved his Masters, also from the University of Sydney. He is passionate about systems of health service provision and strengthening the bonds between care providers and community grass roots. Having always been a lover of the outdoors, transcultural interactions and a generally varied and diverse existence, he is naturally drawn to a more holistic and lifestyle-driven practice style. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, and recently started working as a lecturer with the University of Sydney. He strives to promote health as a concept far beyond what doctors can discuss within a standard medical consultation!
BSc(Nutr)Hons, APD, AN
Shivaun is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), Accredited Nutritionist (AN) Health Coach, Certified Trainer & Assessor, Director of Discovery Health Coaching and Vice President of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. Shivaun has worked for over 15 years as a dietitian, health coach and presenter. She currently coaches individuals in nutrition and lifestyle, and delivers training for medical and allied health practitioners in health behaviour change, motivational interviewing, and health coaching.
Shivaun has co-authored the ‘ASLM Eating Plan for People and Planet’, the Australian Institute of Fitness’ course ‘Nutrition Coach’ and regularly presents at health conferences around Australia.
A/Prof John Stevens
RN, BA(Hons), PhD, FACN, FASLM
John Stevens is a health sociologist and Associate Professor (Adj) in the School of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University (SCU). He is also a Registered Nurse and the director of a number of companies engaged in health education and research, working closely with Primary Health Networks. In the past John has been Head of the School of Nursing and Health Practices, the Director of Post Graduate studies (which included convening and teaching the first ever Master’s Award in Lifestyle Medicine) and Director of Professional Development and Enterprise, at SCU. John was a founding member of ASLM and has provided academic leadership to the movement. He is pioneering the use of Shared Medical Appointments as a procedure to help clinicians put evidence-based Lifestyle Medicine into practice. He has over 60 peer reviewed publications including books on dementia and obesity management and continues to explore the translation of science into meaningful and measurable health care.
MCAP, FASLM, Adv.Dip.G.Psych.
Tanja has been in the general practice network for more than two decades including roles nationally with the former Australian General Practice Network as the Principal Advisor Chronic Disease as well as roles within the state-based organisation of General Practice NSW, and the formerly known North West Slopes Division of General Practice and Central West Division of General Practice. Tanja was previously employed as CEO of the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association and remains as Secretary on the Board of ASLM. Tanja has returned to the Primary Health Network with a passion for lifestyle medicine, prevention and management of chronic disease, research, change management, quality improvement strategies and best practice business systems to improve patient health outcomes as well as clinician wellbeing. With a thirst for knowledge Tanja has qualifications in psychology, exercise science, health coaching and medical sciences. With her passion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, Tanja also holds credentials in cultural awareness and safety and is licensed to use the Flinders University Chronic Condition Management Tools as part of the Closing the Gap Program. After several years of training in Gestalt Psychotherapy and Neuro-linguistic Programing (NLP) with a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy as well as workplace training and assessment, Tanja’s appetite for change management and her desire for the world to be at one with nature has her now undertaking a Masters in Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy as well as an Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy.
Dr Glen Davies
MBChB, Dip Obst, FRNZCGP PhD
Dr Glen Davies was born in Wellington, New Zealand and trained at the Otago Medical School, 1984 to 1989. He worked as a house surgeon in Tauranga Hospital before he and his wife ventured to Papua New Guinea to work in a Mission Hospital for two years. During that time, he covered the state of emergency created by the Rabal volcanic eruption in 1994. Since then, he has spent time establishing himself in General Practice in Taupo, New Zealand and developed a passion for Lifestyle Medicine. Outside of his practice, he is a multisport and outdoor adventure enthusiast and a father to two children.
Prof Garry Egger
AM, MPH, PhD, MAPS, FASLM
Prof Garry Egger is known around the world as one of the pioneers of Lifestyle Medicine. He is a Professor of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University and an Advisor to the World Health Organisation and several Government and corporate bodies in chronic disease prevention. He has qualifications in behavioural biology and epidemiology. He has worked in public, corporate and clinical health for over 4 decades. He is the author of 30 books (including five texts) over 160 peer-reviewed scientific and research articles and numerous popular media articles on health and fitness. In the 1990s Dr Egger initiated the GutBusters, men’s waist loss program, the first of its kind in the world. He started training programs for Fitness Leaders in Australia in 1982, was one of the initiators of the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association (ALMA) in 2008 and runs training programs in Lifestyle Medicine for doctors and allied health professionals around Australia and the Pacific. He recently received an Australia Medal for his services to medical education and health promotion. His recent interests and publications concern the link between obesity, climate change and economic growth.
Dr Flavia Fayet-Moore
BSc(Hons), MNutrDiet, RNutr, APD, PhD
Flavia Fayet-Moore is an accredited practicing dietitian, registered nutritionist and sports nutritionist with a special interest in assessment of nutritional status, dietary intake, eating behaviour and chronic disease prevention. Flavia graduated form the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science (Nutritional Sciences Specialist and Biology Major). She obtained her Master of Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Sydney and went on to complete a PhD in nutrition. Flavia’s experience includes working as a project manager and researcher at the University of Sydney, director of Nutrition Research Australia and author. She is an Honorary Associate of the University of Sydney, member of the Dietitian’s Association of Australia, the Sports Dietitians of Australia and the Nutrition Society of Australia.
Dr Kate Gregorevic
BSc, MBBS(Hons), FRACP, PhD
Dr Kate Gregorevic is a geriatrician and general physician at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She completed her medical degree and PhD at the University of Melbourne and is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians. She works in acute medicine and the community setting. Her research interests include frailty, and the impact of life course events on health status in older age. She regularly writes for The Age/ Sydney Morning Herald on health topics and her first book on healthy ageing will be published by Pan Macmillan in 2020. She is one of the founders of Project Three Six Twelve, an online exercise and health education course for women in their forties and beyond, with a focus on resistance training, positive nutrition and mental wellbeing.
NZRD, PGDipDiet, BSc
Lily Henderson is a New Zealand Registered Dietitian and is National Nutrition Advisor at the New Zealand Heart Foundation. Lily has over 12 years of experience working in public health nutrition and has worked in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand with a wide range of population groups. Her expertise includes nutrition policy development, communications, stakeholder engagement, program implementation, research and evaluation.
Lily is a member of Dietitians New Zealand and has recently completed the Ministry of Health’s Public Health Leadership Programme which is designed for emerging public health leaders in New Zealand.
When it comes to eating for optimal health, Lily is passionate about being the voice of reason that cuts through the clutter. She aspires to translate the evidence into meaningful lifestyle messages for individuals and populations.
Prof R.V (Bob) Morgan
Professor Morgan has a long and distinguished history of involvement and leadership in Aboriginal/Indigenous education and training in Australia and internationally.
Professor Morgan is a Gumilaroi man from the community of Walgett, north-west NSW. He is a highly respected and acknowledged Aboriginal educator/researcher who has worked extensively throughout Australia and internationally in the field of Aboriginal knowledge and learning for over thirty (40) years.
Professor Morgan has an indivisible commitment to the principles of Aboriginal self-determination and social and restorative justice.
Professor Morgan is particularly interested in and advocates the need for the design and development of culturally safe, contextual and affirming environments to better respond to the socioeconomic and cultural needs and aspirations of Aboriginal peoples. His involvement and experience with Aboriginal education and training is shaped and influenced by his many years of senior leadership at the state, national and international levels of Aboriginal education policy and programming development.
Professor Morgan has served on various government commissions and boards and community based organisations including the NSW Education Commission (1980-86), the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board, (1980-86), NSW Board of Adult Education, President, NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (NSWAECG- 1979-88) member National Aboriginal Education Committee (NAEC-1980-1988) Board, Royal Far West Home, and has hosted a number of Aboriginal Men’s healing and leadership gatherings/conferences.
Professor Morgan is Chair of the Board of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Research at the University of Newcastle and serves as a Visiting Professor with Minzu University in Beijing, China.
Professor Morgan was also elected as the inaugural Chair of the World Indigenous People’s Conference on Education (WIPCE) in 2014 and reelected in 2017.
RN, Practice Nurse, Health Coach
Kim is the Founder of MediCoach, winner of the 2015 APNA Best Practice Award in Nursing for Chronic Disease Management, and now nominee for Hesta Nurse of the Year. Kim has been invited to work with the World Health Organisation on obesity prevention workshops. She presents at national conferences, currently tours with APNA as a keynote presenter on enhanced nurse led clinics, Pilot to Practice program and Chronic disease and Healthy ageing workshops. Consultant to PHNs, Health Insurances and Medical centres developing sustainable frameworks to decrease financial health burdens.
Kim is a Level 3 graduate of Wellness Coaching Australia, mentor’s graduating nurses, a consulting health & wellness coach, and draws on 11 years as an Intensive Care Nurse. During the past nine years as Team Care Coordinator at a large medical centre on Victoria’s Surf Coast Kim has implemented a framework that’s seen care planning revenue increase ten-fold.
Dr Cheryl Wilson
Dr Cheryl Wilson is a General Practitioner with a Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
She completed her Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada prior to graduating from Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario with the Award of Academic Excellence for her diploma in Sports Injury Management.
She completed her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at Flinders University, graduating with the Moore Stephens Prize, Staff Prize in Surgery and John Gladstone Sweeney Prize in Orthopaedics. She is an International Board of Lifestyle Medicine Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician, and a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM).
Cheryl owns Living Well with Dr. Wilson, where she enjoys practicing ‘slow medicine’ focusing on her special interests in Lifestyle Medicine, Sports injuries and Musculoskeletal Medicine, while complementing goal coaching with hypnosis. She has a Foundation Certificate in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy and is a Professional member with The Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists.
Prior to her medical career, she was a Certified Athletic Therapist. She owned Wilson Therapy Services clinic. She was the Head Athletic Therapist at Mount Allison University working with eleven varsity teams as well as managing and practicing in the Sports Therapy Clinic. She was the first female in Canada to work as an Athletic Therapist with a professional Ice Hockey Team.
In addition to our passionate Board members, ASLM has a small but energetic management team in the Melbourne office.
MAppSc(Res), GC(Tert Teach Learn)
Stephen is a Board member and also Executive Director (CEO) of ASLM and the Lifestyle Medicine Foundation. He is also project lead for Open Health, a social enterprise developing a world first online comprehensive lifestyle change program. Previously, Stephen was CEO of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) from 2008 to 2013. Prior to that between 2004 and 2008, while a Masters by Research candidate at RMIT University, Stephen conducted the widely regarded ‘Yoga in Australia’ study, assisted with research into the attitudes of General Practitioners and Nurses to complementary therapies and was also appointed inaugural Course Co-ordinator of ‘Wellness, Health Enhancement and Lifestyle Management’, an online course he delivered for three years both as an undergraduate elective and as a core unit in the Master of Wellness at RMIT. During this time he also served as Vice President and then President of Yoga Australia. Earlier in his career, Stephen was Financial Controller of an intellectual property licensing company. He brings a strong business, financial and information technology background, academic credentials in both research and online teaching and learning, and a passion for health and well-being to ASLM.
BSc(Biomed), BHlthSc(Hons), MPH
Eve is the ASLM Executive Officer. Her role sees her working hard across most projects and initiatives that we embark upon. She has Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science), a Master of Public Health, and not surprisingly, is deeply passionate about the prevention of chronic disease through Lifestyle Medicine. With previous experience in the not-for-profit sector, she’s very enthusiastic about the incredible value the sector offers the community and always ready to support in any way possible.
BHSc (Nat), AdvDip (YT)
Jordhana is the Education Coordinator at ASLM. She holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) and has a particular interest in mental health and wellbeing. She is instrumental in developing ASLM’s workshops, online learning, international board certification and fellowship program. She also has responsibility for assessing fellowship RPL applications, supervising the scientific stream at the Lifestyle Medicine conferences and liaising with all applicants and candidates as needed.
Jordhana previously trained with the Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy and has several years experience as a qualified yoga teacher, holding an Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching. She has also campaigned with the Wilderness Society and completed training the field of permaculture. As a Naturopath, Yoga teacher and sustainability enthusiast, Jordhana is passionate about creating Lifestyle changes to support the health and wellbeing of not only individuals, but society as a whole, and she is delighted to contribute her energy to this growing field of Lifestyle Medicine.
Abigail is the ASLM Communications Officer. She has a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Health Promotion, Nutrition, Public Relations), is currently completing a postgraduate Master of Communication (Digital Media), and has previous communications and marketing experience in the not-for-profit sector. With a particular passion for health promotion and social justice causes, she is exhilarated to be a part of the ASLM team; contributing to the Society’s work to advance Lifestyle Medicine for the prevention, management and treatment of chronic disease. Her role encompasses digital communications and marketing (website and EDM), social media management, copywriting, editing, and administrative support.
BSc(Clin Sc), MHSc(Osteo), BAcc
Joanne is the ASLM Finance Officer, who’s passion for the outdoors is something to be admired. With previous finance and accounting experience in the not-for-profit sector, Joanne is thrilled to be working in a role that compliments both her expertise and passion for health and wellbeing. She has a Bachelor of Science (Clinical Science), Master of Health Science (Osteopathy), Bachelor of Accounting, and has worked as an Osteopath and Clinical Pilates Instructor in both New Zealand and Australia. She is also a qualified Group Fitness Instructor, with over fifteen years experience in the industry, a Heart Foundation Walk Organiser at her local community centre, and spends her downtime hiking and exploring the many walking trails around Victoria. Good luck keeping up with her!
BArtHealthSc, GradCertVA, GradDipThAPrac
Lauren is the ASLM Administration Officer. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Health Sciences (Health Promotion, Psychology, Sociology), a Graduate Certificate in Visual Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Arts Practice. With previous health promotion experience in the not-for-profit and disability sector, including Divisions of General Practice, Rural Health Networks, Creative Social Enterprise and Medicare Locals, Lauren brings a passion for preventive health care and a varied skill set to the ASLM team. Lauren is enthusiastic about event management, digital communications, networking, customer relations, art therapy, nature connection, Ultimate Frisbee, dance, art, yoga and workshop facilitation, and is excited to bring her multi-passionate approach to the Lifestyle Medicine movement.
NDipTech, BTech, BASc
Liezl is the ASLM Project Coordinator. In her role, Liezl oversees the running of some of ASLM’s major initiatives, and works closely with our various working parties. Liezl has a National Diploma in Information Technology, Bachelor of Technology, and Bachelor of Applied Science, and is currently completing her Master of Public Health. Previously, she spent over 20 years working in Information Technology, delivering solutions to banks. During her career, she developed project management, process re-engineering and improvement, specialist technical, and solution design skills, by delivering outcomes in 12 African countries. Motivation for Liezl’s drastic career change came from a long-standing passion for health promotion. Her desire to encourage people to make lifestyle choices that benefit their health, wellbeing, and the environment, makes her a perfect addition to ASLM’s management team of enthusiastic change-makers!
BA&Sc, MIP, MPH
Hana is ASLM’s LMRx Research/Program Coordinator. In her role, she works closely with ASLM’s working parties to create position statements and therapeutic guidelines detailing the Lifestyle Medicine approach to the most common clinical presentations, and to help develop and collate resources for practitioners and patients to promote the uptake of Lifestyle Medicine. Hana has a special interest in how politics and health intersect, and how we can best support people to empower themselves. Previously, she worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, travelling the country and researching Indigenous community participation in the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) Closing the Health Gap Strategy. Hana decided to transition into the not-for-profit sector to work more closely with community, and to help tackle the rising chronic disease epidemic. Hana loves spending her spare time somewhere outside in our beautiful natural world.
BCI (CommsDes), Dip (VisArts)
Benita is the Executive Assistant for ASLM, the Lifestyle Medicine Foundation and Open Health, a social enterprise developing a world-first online comprehensive lifestyle change program. Benita’s background is in event management, print advertising production, administration, marketing, and the coordination of surgical clinical examinations. She has a Bachelor of Creative Industries, majoring in Communication Design, and a Diploma of Visual Arts. Her role encompasses administrative support, communications, meetings and events, grants and fundraising, and governance. Benita is interested in health and wellbeing, and behaviour change, and is very excited to be contributing to the Lifestyle Medicine movement.
Mark is ASLM’s Executive and Research Assistant to Dr Sam Manger (President). He has a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedicine and completed his Honours at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, in collaboration with St Vincent’s Hospital. As part of a multidisciplinary team, this project focused on investigating neuronal network dysfunction in severe childhood epilepsy. Mark’s interests lie in neuroscience, mental health, diet, the microbiome and its impact on health and disease. He is also passionate about Lifestyle Medicine; an evidence-based, whole-system approach to health which incorporates healthy eating, exercise, mindfulness, and community and social connection. Mark is a keen surfer, outdoorsman and traveller, and is inspired to make a difference in global health.