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Conference program 2020

Featuring world-class presentations from pioneering clinicians, researchers and policy-makers and an improved program structure, Lifestyle Medicine 2020 has been designed to prioritise practical learning and take-home skills with new experiential workshops, provide more time to build and maintain impactful relationships, and allow more space to practice self-care during your stay.

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Leadership in Lifestyle Medicine Masterclass – Thursday 3 December (Separate event)

Pre-conference leadership in Lifestyle Medicine masterclass
1pm-5.30pm How to be a transformational leader in Lifestyle Medicine

Join Lifestyle medicine pioneers and future leaders in this leadership discovery masterclass – Led by renowned coaching expert Margaret Moore (USA) – Register here (Please note this is a separate event to the conference and has a separate registration form)

International Board Certification exam – Thursday 3 December (Separate event)

Pre-conference Board Certification exam
1pm Registration and arrival tea and coffee
2pm-6pm Examination

International Board of Lifestyle Medicine 2020 Certification exam sitting. (Please note this is a separate event to the conference for those who have registered to sit the exam)

Pre-conference workshops – Friday 4 December (Optional)

FRIDAY PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS
8.30am-9.30am Optional morning activities, eg: yoga, meditation, walking group.
9am-10am Registration and arrival tea and coffee
10am-12pm Concurrent workshops (Choose one to attend, watch the others online later)
Behaviour Change Agent Part A

With Margaret Moore (USA), Simon Matthews & Kim Poyner

In partnership with Wellcoaches Australia & New Zealand

Balint group work – validating practitioners to prevent burnout and enable self-care

With Ruth Dunn & Hilary Ash

In partnership with the Balint Society of Australia & New Zealand

The art of de-prescribing

With Dr Peter Tenni and Neil Petrie

Food as medicine: Nutrition

With A/Prof Simone Gibson, Melissa Adamski and colleagues

In partnership with Food as Medicine

Shared Medical Appointments in clinical practice

With A/Prof John Stevens, Dr Cheryl Wilson, Hayley Longbottom, Willow Firth, Dr Jonathan Hoar, Sarah Hannigan & Naomi Burns

12pm-1pm Lunch
1pm-3pm Concurrent workshops (Choose one to attend, watch the others online later)
Behaviour Change Agent Part B

With Margaret Moore (USA), Simon Matthews & Kim Poyner

In partnership with Wellcoaches Australia & New Zealand

Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing

With Tanja McLeish, Annabelle Williams, Chris Mason and colleagues

Healthy conversations about food to help your patients

With Prof Eleanor Beck and colleagues

In partnership with NNEdPro Australia & New Zealand

Every Conversation Counts – prescribing physical activity as a brief intervention

With Dr Louise Tulloh, Dr Adam Castricum and Miss Kylie Fitzgerald

Creating change in the community

With A/Prof Renee Bittoun, Dr Flavia Fayet-Moore, Dr Edward Maile (UK) and colleagues

3pm-3.30pm Afternoon tea
3.30pm-5.30pm Concurrent workshops (Choose one to attend, watch the others online later)
Behaviour Change Agent Part C

With Margaret Moore (USA), Simon Matthews & Kim Poyner

In partnership with Wellcoaches Australia & New Zealand

Putting prevention into practice – the RACGP Green Book

With A/Prof John Litt & Karen Booth

In partnership with the RACGP Green Book Project

Empowering mind and body with Lifestyle as medicine

With Dr Colin Zhu (USA), Dr Joe Raphael (USA), & Dr Ingrid Edshteyn (USA)

Designing and evaluating behaviour change interventions

With Prof Charles Abraham

In partnership with the Melbourne Centre for Behaviour Change

Students as leaders in Lifestyle Medicine

With Dr Alicja Baska (Poland), Dr Genevieve Moseley and the SKILL IT Kitchen team.

This workshop will also be free for students to attend.

Opening plenary and special event “Leading Change”  – Friday 4 December

FRIDAY NIGHT OPENING PLENARY AND SPECIAL EVENT ‘LEADING CHANGE’

A collection of thought-provoking presentations and TED-style talks from individuals who are truly leading change in the way we view health, and in how society and the healthcare system approaches chronic and lifestyle-related disease. Join us for an evening designed to inspire you with a solution-focused way of thinking which you can carry into your professional and personal lives.

6pm for 6:30pm Registration and time to mingle

All delegates, speakers, VIPs, sponsors and supporting organisations are invited to join us in the pre-function area for drinks and conversations. Scientific posters will also be displayed for viewing.

6:30pm-9pm Opening plenary

  • Welcome to country
  • Opening remarks – Dr Sam Manger (President ASLM)
  • Official opening – video address from The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health
  • Keynote: Indigenous Peoples are the Solution – Prof Gregory Phillips
TED-style lightning talks and expert panel facilitated by special guest Dr Michael Mosley (UK)

  • Dr Sandro Demaio – CEO VicHealth, Medical doctor and globally-renowned public health expert and advocate.
  • Fiona Armstrong – Executive Director, Climate and Health Alliance.
  • Stay tuned – presenter being finalised
  • Stay tuned – presenter being finalised

Main Conference day 1 – Saturday 5 December

SATURDAY MAIN CONFERENCE DAY 1
7am-8:30am Optional Breakfast Symposium – Moving the Mediterranean into Healthcare – An Extra Virgin Olive Oil Interactive Sensory Experience  (Sponsored by The Olive Wellness Institute)
7.30am-8.30am Optional morning activities, eg: yoga, meditation, walking group.
8am-9am Registration and arrival tea and coffee
9am-11am Plenary session

  • Opening remarks – Shivaun Conn (Vice President ASLM)
  • Keynote: Dr Michael Mosley (UK) – The Fast Guide to Diet, Lifestyle and Future Health
  • Keynote: Georgie Harman (CEO, Beyond Blue)
  • Q&A with the speakers
11am-11.30am Morning tea and scientific poster viewing.
11.30am-1.30pm Concurrent streams (Choose one to attend, watch the others online later)
Cognition: Neuroscience, healthy ageing & dementia

Lifestyle and Cognition – Prof Kaarin Anstey

Topic to be announced – Prof Con Stough

Selected oral scientific  abstracts will be integrated into this session

Cardiometabolic: Obesity, CVD and metabolism

Omics technologies provide new approaches to assess cardiometabolic risk and monitor interventions – Prof Peter Meikle

Stay tuned – presenter being finalised

Selected oral scientific  abstracts will be integrated into this session

Inflammation, immunology & autoimmune

Tryptophan metabolism and inflammation – Prof Gilles Guillemin

Stay tuned – presenter being finalised

Selected oral scientific  abstracts will be integrated into this session

1.30pm-2.30pm Lunch and scientific poster viewing
2.30pm-4pm Concurrent experiential workshops
Engaging and embodied experiences in virtual reality: what’s its reality like?

With Prof Murat Yucel & team

Shaping health with technology

With Dr Liliana Laranjo and Tim Blake

Culinary Medicine

With Dr Colin Zhu (The Chef Doc) (USA)

Developing a coaching mindset for supporting health behaviour change

With Shivaun Conn & Sharon Curtain

Social Prescribing

With Adjunct Prof Rob Donovan and colleague

4pm-4.30pm Afternoon tea and scientific poster viewing
4.30pm-5.30pm Plenary session

  • ‘On Country’ – announcing a proof of concept trial. Prof Bob Morgan & A/Prof John Stevens
  • Facilitated panel discussion to answer the question “How can we be agents of change?
  • Q&A with the speakers
5.30pm-6.30pm Optional certification exam orientation session

For those considering sitting the International Board Certification exam in the future, with:

  • Stephen Penman (ASLM Executive Director)
  • Jordhana Clark (ASLM Education Coordinator)

Gala dinner – Saturday 5 December (Optional)

Saturday night conference gala dinner & dance
7pm for 7.30pm Pre-dinner drinks and conversation in the foyer
7:30pm-11pm Gala dinner & dance

A refreshingly different conference dinner with an emphasis on fun! Join us for a sumptuous, mostly plant-based buffet smorgasbord, live music, entertainment and dancing, featuring acclaimed Melbourne band, the Deans of Soul. You can expect a lively dance floor!

Main Conference day 2 – Sunday 6 December

SUNDAY MAIN CONFERENCE DAY 2
7am-8:30am Optional Breakfast Symposium – stay tuned for announcements
7.30am-8.30am Optional morning activities, eg: yoga, meditation, walking group.
8am-9am Registration and arrival tea and coffee
9am-11am Plenary session

  • Opening remarks
  • Keynote: Margaret Moore (Founder & CEO, Wellcoaches) – Changing for Good – What does it take?
  • Keynote: Prof Garry Egger – The big picture approach to ‘causality’ in chronic disease: is it time to expand the scope of Lifestyle Medicine?
  • Driving the Movement for Change in Healthcare ‘Lifestyle Medicine’: Our New Open Access Journal – Prof Fraser Birrell (UK)
  • Q&A with the speakers
11am-11.30am Morning tea and scientific poster viewing
11.30am-1.30pm Concurrent streams (Choose one to attend, watch the others online later)
Cognition: Neuroscience, healthy ageing & dementia

The neuroscience and epigenetics of mind-body medicine – A/Prof Craig Hassed

Is the amyloid hypothesis dead? The role of inflammation in Alzheimer’s disease – Dr Kate Gregorevic

Depression and dietary intake in patients with, and at risk of, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease: where to next? – A/Prof Adrienne O’Neil

Selected oral scientific abstracts will be integrated into this session

Cardiometabolic: Obesity, CVD and metabolism

Role of carnosine in the management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease – Prof Barbora de Courten

Stay tuned – presenter being finalised

Lifestyle management of cardiovascular disease – Dr Jason Kaplan

Selected oral scientific abstracts will be integrated into this session

Inflammation, immunology & autoimmune

Lifestyle and autoimmunity: a personal story – Prof George Jelinek

Inflammation: interactions between nutrition, genetics and environmental exposures – Dr Emma Beckett

Diet and immunity – Dr Wolfgang Marx

Selected oral scientific  abstracts will be integrated into this session

1.30pm-2.30pm Lunch and scientific poster viewing
2.30pm-4pm Concurrent experiential workshops
Overcoming MS: an example of applied lifestyle and mind-body medicine

With A/Prof Craig Hassed & Prof George Jelinek

Innovating Lifestyle Medicine in your practice

With Dr Michelle Reiss, Dr Glen Davies & Dr Greta Prozesky

This workshop covers successful strategies implemented through Lifestyle Medicine in General Practice so far, to reverse T2DM and chronic disease in general.

Encouraging behaviour change in general practice through an early intervention and prevention approach to physical activity and nutrition counselling

With Dr Nic Brayshaw

In partnership with the RACGP Shaping a Healthy Australia project

Practitioner self-care

With Simon Matthews & Kim Poyner

Can we effectively engage in lifestyle interventions through primary care? Showcasing an innovative lifestyle management program – My Health for Life

A/Prof Anna Lewis, Jessica Burrows, Margaret Hegarty

4pm-4.30pm Afternoon tea with activity-based break
4.30pm-5.30pm Closing plenary session

  • Prizes and awards (including best oral abstract, best poster, and the awarding of Fellowships)
  • Keynote: Prof Susan Prescott – inspiring personal and planetary change
  • Closing remarks
5.30pm Farewells and departure.

As always, all concurrent sessions will be filmed where possible (subject to applicable permissions and privacy considerations) and made available for later viewing by logging into your account on our website – allowing you to watch the concurrent sessions you didn’t attend in person, and to re watch your favourites!

Please note that some presenters may not give permission for filming, and that interactive style sessions may not be filmed in their entirety for the privacy of participating delegates.

Please also note the speakers and program are always subject to change and in the event of circumstances not within our control, may be delivered in a modified and reduced format online as per the details on the pricing page and our normal terms and conditions.