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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 have to say about this conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I met so many interesting people and learned a lot.

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Thank you for organising such an amazing event!

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This conference was very impressive.

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The best Lifestyle Medicine conference yet!

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This conference had it all!

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Thanks very much for this fantastic opportunity!

Keynote speaker

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

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One of the very best conferences I have every attended.

Keynote speaker

The Conference was, again, outstanding.

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The Conference was fantastic, I certainly got a lot out of it and would definitely go again next year! The calibre of the speakers was impressive, and the topics were very relevant and practical.

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What a wonderful 3 days! The Conference was fantastic, and extremely valuable from a learning perspective as well as a networking opportunity.

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This far exceeds any other medical conference I have ever been to. Your speakers were of high quality, your workshops were well organised and very relevant, and your MCs were phenomenal!

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The quality of the presentations was remarkable, and the range of content was impressive.

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Congratulations on such a spectacular conference. I see the future of Primary Care clearly now, and suspect that ASLM will lead the way. Thank you.

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Great variety of speakers and breadth of approaches. Great weekend. I thought the emphasis on social justice and ecosystem was great.

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I found the conference highly valuable, and there was a real sense of community amongst the attendees.

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It’s great to have an event that brings together so many practitioners with shared goals and values.

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Lifestyle Medicine is a new learning subject for me personally. I have greatly enjoyed attending the conference; it has been an eye opener for me to know how much more I can do for my patients.

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Thank you all the ASLM team for a wonderful conference. It was inspiring (and humbling) and I made some great connections.

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Keep doing it! I found the Conference excellent – best in years!

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I have been to countless conferences over the years and this was one of the best – excellent speakers, great venue, really well organised. Overall it was quite inspiring.

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The connection between environmental concerns and health was especially poignant and well presented.

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A very exciting and stimulating conference with a stellar cast of keynote speakers and presenters!

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The attention to movement between sessions, wholesome food and outside activities totally embraces the fundamentals of Lifestyle Medicine.

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It was an inspiring three days and I found the learnings very valuable. I have suggested to my organisation that this is a conference we should attend.

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I’m so grateful for all the work that you guys have put into organising this weekend! It was a really great time.

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This year was my first, but I hope to be back again in future! There’s a lot happening out there that I had no inkling of.

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This is a far superior conference to any other I have attended in 20 years, and it was great that the videos of all the sessions and accompanying slides were made available to all attendees after the event.

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Congrats – you really do a great conference! I enjoyed every moment and got a lot out of it.

Keynote speaker

Thank you again for the invitation to be a part of your conference. Many inspiring speakers and presentations, and can I just say, the food was fantastic! If only every conference took the details into consideration. Looking forward to next year!

Keynote speaker

It was a pleasure to be part of a well-run and high-quality event. Congratulations to the ASLM team for putting it together.

Keynote speaker

What a privilege it was to see the grand event unfold so smoothly, comprehensively and professionally, yet remain fun, stimulating and warmly personal.

Keynote speaker

Thank you so much for including me on the program. It is such an inspiring conference – really my favourite Australian meeting these days!

Keynote speaker

This event pushed the bar of how inspiring conferences can be held very high, and was the most enjoyable and stimulating event I have attended in a loooong while. Bravo!

Keynote speaker

Loved, loved the Conference! Important messages that we need to spread.

Sponsor

Congratulations on a successful conference. I found the whole event ran smoothly and professionally with a strong speaker line-up. We will definitely be attending in the future!

Sponsor

The conference was excellent, and I agree the standard was one of the highest of any I have attended in recent years.

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It was a pleasure to be involved in this fantastic conference. We had great delegate interaction and you can count us in for next year.

Sponsor

Truly a wonderful conference with dynamic, motivated and inspirational speakers. Huge thanks to the organisers and staff!

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