Call for presentations 2018-12-20T09:39:14+00:00
Who & Why?
Call for Abstracts

Call for Presentations

Want to speak at Lifestyle Medicine 2019? Do you have something important to share relevant to one of the streams or Lifestyle Medicine in particular? There are limited opportunities to speak in one of the concurrent streams (usually a 20, 30 or 40 minute talk depending on programming) or to present in one of the workshop sessions (usually in a shared 90 minute or 2 hour session).  It may also be possible to present an entire 2 hour workshop session (usually with two presenters).

Please note that the Call for Presentations is not the same as the Call for Abstracts. The Call for Presentations is for those who are leaders in their field, are experienced and confident public speakers, and have compelling science, research, clinical or public health practice to present.

Key dates

  • The call for presentations closes 30 November 2018

What topics are we interested in?

The overarching theme is “Innovation & Intervention, Environment & Equity: the evolution of healthcare” so we are particularly interested in:

  • Innovation – in clinical practice, practice processes, in the community, funding initiatives, prevention and health policy
  • Intervention – for example practitioner-led lifestyle intervention, community programs, online programs and use of technology
  • Environment – climate change impacts on health, environmentally responsible and sustainable initiatives, and promoting healthy communities and connection with nature
  • Equity – social justice and health equity, especially in relation to addressing disparities in health equity in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities, Maori and Pacific Islander communities and other community groups with specific needs

Specific areas of interest include:

  • Mental health – neuroscience generally, addressing depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, sleep, stress, positive psychology, emotional well-being and self-care
  • Metabolic conditions – reversing and managing type 2 diabetes, addressing obesity, weight loss, metabolic syndrome, metabolic dysfunction, reducing risk factors and endocrinology generally
  • Microbiome and health tech – biome and gene science generally, epigenetics, nutrigenomics, testing and prescribing, use of technology and personalised medicine

There will be numerous 2 hour workshop-style sessions on the Friday (pre-conference workshops) and also on the Saturday and Sunday. Please do let us know if you have a burning desire to present a workshop or in a workshop session on:

  • Indigenous health and addressing disparities
  • Implementation of Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs)
  • The essentials of Lifestyle Medicine consultation and/or practice processes
  • Intensive lifestyle change programs – how and why they work
  • Motivational interviewing for clinicians
  • The science of plant-based diets in chronic disease
  • Coaching for health behaviour change in clinical practice
  • Achieving sustainable weight loss in obesity and type 2 diabetes
  • Lifestyle Medicine programs in community settings
  • Physician self care: healing the healer to lead by example
  • Environmental and social health initiatives

Or let us know your workshop or presentation idea!  If you have any questions about the suitability of your topic, please email for assistance.

Instructions for the submission of presentations

  • Email an outline of your presentation (title, 200-300 word blurb or abstract and references) to
  • Video examples of you presenting may be helpful to your application
  • We may ask for a copy of the Powerpoint slides (or similar) you want to present
  • If your application is successful you will receive complimentary registration to attend the conference (travel and accommodation not included)

How will submissions be assessed?

The call for presentations is highly competitive. Applications will be assessed by the conference committee against criteria including:

  • The standing of the presenter in their field and suitability to present to the expected audience
  • The extent to which the content is new, original, innovative or important
  • The scientific, academic and/or clinical rigour of the work
  • The extent to which the content addresses the themes of the conference

It is important to note that in selecting presentations, the committee needs to consider many aspects of programming the conference, such as the learning objectives for each session, the mix of topics being presented, the mix of speakers (multidisciplinary), presentation style, even down to the proportion of male and female speakers! So we hope you understand that if we are not able to accept your presentation, it is very unlikely to be a reflection on the importance or quality of your work.

What people had to say in 2018

Nice balance of topics, excellent presenters, good attitude, and very supportive venue.

Delegate, Lifestyle Medicine 2018

Nowhere else in Australia does this kind of thing where you can connect with health professionals from other disciplines.

Delegate, Lifestyle Medicine 2018

The morning activities (yoga, pilates, run/walk, and meditation) added a very nice touch.

Delegate, Lifestyle Medicine 2018

I was so impressed that I would like to become a member of this wonderful organisation.

Delegate, Lifestyle Medicine 2018

Congratulations on a fantastic conference with many excellent presenters and topics.

Delegate, Lifestyle Medicine 2018

I have shared my positive experience and new learnings with many of my colleagues and friends.

Delegate, Lifestyle Medicine 2018

I met so many interesting people and learned a lot.

Delegate, Lifestyle Medicine 2018

Thank you for organising such an amazing event!

Delegate, Lifestyle Medicine 2018

This conference was very impressive.

Delegate, Lifestyle Medicine 2018

The best Lifestyle Medicine conference yet!

Delegate, Lifestyle Medicine 2018

This conference had it all!

Delegate, Lifestyle Medicine 2018

Thanks very much for this fantastic opportunity!

Keynote speaker, Lifestyle Medicine 2018

I am still walking high up in the air from it and haven’t come down yet!

Delegate, Lifestyle Medicine 2018

One of the very best conferences I have every attended.

Keynote speaker, Lifestyle Medicine 2018
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