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Here’s the blockbuster program for Lifestyle Medicine 2019 featuring over 40 presenters, 6 plenary keynotes, 18 concurrent presentations, 2 in depth plenary panel discussions, 15 workshop style sessions, 18 oral scientific abstracts and of course the opening night ‘Brain & Biome’ Ted-style talks!  Plus the gala conference dinner, the early morning activities and heaps of time to mingle with other delegates.

Importantly, we film all the concurrent sessions (where possible) and make them available to delegates on our website later – which means you get to see everything from the days you were registered for, not just the streams you actually attended.

Please note the program is subject to change.

Pre-conference workshops – Friday 7 June 10am-5.30pm

Friday Pre-conference workshops
9am-10am Registration and arrival tea and coffee
10am-12pm Concurrent workshops (Choose one to attend, watch the others online later)
Facilitating health behaviour change with an introduction to FACT!

With Prof Bruce Arroll & Dr Louise Schofield

This workshop looks in depth at the challenges of changing health behaviour from different perspectives, including stories, case studies, tried and tested strategies, tips and advice, and also provides a comprehensive introduction to Focussed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT).

Chair: Shivaun Conn

Prof Bruce Arroll. Introduction to Focussed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT).

Dr Louise Schofield. How to Change Health Behaviours: Tips, Tricks and Advice from the Trenches.

Brave new world: Innovation and health tech as a response to the chronic disease epidemic

With A/Prof Robyn Whittaker and Dr Karen Day

Information and communication technologies are empowering health consumers and changing the face of healthcare, in turn providing a unique opportunity to stem the tide of chronic and lifestyle related disease. In this workshop we will consider the potential for health informatics, mHealth and eHealth: digital health tools such as patient portals and apps and sms messaging.

Chair: Dr Hamish Meldrum

A/Prof Robyn Whittaker. mHealth, designing and developing digital health tools, recent study results and new developments.

Dr Karen Day. Building a health informatics workforce and the opportunity for patient portals and apps in the practitioner patient relationship.

Healthy conversation skills: Training for practitioners as agents of change

With Susan Miller and Mary Cavanagh

Healthy Conversation Skills training support health practitioners in their roles as agents of change. This participatory workshop introduces practical skills, tools and strategies to help practitioners to be more effective and empowering in their approach to support clients or patients to identify and make lasting lifestyle behaviour changes.

Healthy Conversation Skills was originally developed by health psychologist Dr Wendy Lawrence and colleagues at the University of Southampton Life course Epidemiology Unit and has been adapted by the Healthy Start team for the New Zealand context.

Chair: Simon Matthews

12pm-1pm Lunch
1pm-3pm Concurrent workshops (Choose one to attend, watch the others online later)
What works for weight loss and type 2 diabetes? LCHF, Keto, WFPB, intermittent fasting? What to believe?

With Prof Peter Clifton, Dr Simon Thornley and Dr Caryn Zinn (4th presenter being finalised)

Let’s take evangelism out of the debate and explore the science, clinical utility, outcomes and contraindications of these approaches.

Chair: Prof Stephen Myers

Prof Peter Clifton. 2 and 5 dieting in Type 2 Diabetes – any advantages?

Dr Simon Thornley. Saturated fat and heart health: a fresh look at the epidemiological evidence.

Dr Caryn Zinn. Carbohydrate-restriction: science and clinical practice.

Presenter being finalised.

Culture as medicine: Is ‘health equity’ a contradiction in terms? Using culture to redress the balance.

With A/Prof John Stevens, Isabella Smart and Dr Glen Davies

Māori, Pacific peoples and those with lower socioeconomic status experience higher levels of chronic illness, which is the leading cause of mortality and morbidity. In this workshop we explore opportunities for culture to provide the bridge to more equitable health outcomes.

Chair: Tanja McLeish

A/Prof John Stevens. Building safe and accessible primary care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: Introducing ‘Medical Yarn Ups’.

Isabella Smart. Midwives as agents for change in addressing health inequities – the ripple effect of midwifery-led lifestyle interventions.

Dr Glen Davies. ‘Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Taupo’ is a community based, not for profit organisation addressing obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.

Dietary interventions for personal and planetary health: Mediterranean, DASH, WFPB – WTF to make of it all!

With Dr Mark Craig, Dr Luke Wilson and Dr Roy Hardman (4th presenter being finalised)

After the recent EAT-Lancet Commission report and then another Lancet commission, the ‘Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition, and Climate Change’, we are being asked to eat for personal and planetary health. Find out where Mediterranean, DASH, and WFPB interventions fit into this picture.

Chair: Dr Flavia Fayet-Moore

Dr Luke Wilson. Results from a community based WFPB intervention for obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Dr Mark Craig. The effects of a Whole Food Plant Based in Multiple Sclerosis.

Dr Roy Hardman. Effects of adherence to a Mediterranean-style diet and healthy lifestyle on cognitive functioning in independently living older individuals.

Presenter being finalised.

3pm-3:30pm Afternoon tea
3:30pm – 5:30pm Concurrent workshops (Choose one to attend, watch the others online later)
Novel Lifestyle Medicine Interventions for Mental Health: Harnessing the 4 Elements

With Prof Jerome Sarris, Dr Jack Tsonis, Dr Michael de Manincor and Fiona Hargraves

While exercise and diet are regarded as the primary lifestyle pillars that may be modified to beneficially affect mental health, there exists an abundance of lifestyle-based considerations and interventions which also may powerfully enhance mood and perceived wellbeing. This novel workshop explores current research evidence and potential clinical application of a range of elemental-based interventions, including: sauna, heat/light, and hydrotherapy; nature/horticulture and animal-based therapies; and breathing techniques.

Chair: Prof Felice Jacka

This workshop is proudly presented by:

Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs) as an innovative process in Lifestyle Medicine

With Prof Garry Egger, A/Prof John Stevens, Dr Fraser Birrell, Dr Tania Jones, Dr Glen Davies, Willow Firth and Hayley Longbottom

Lifestyle Medicine offers the opportunity for innovation – in both clinical practice and practice systems and processes – to better manage the more than 70% of presentations that now have a lifestyle-related or chronic disease focus. In this workshop we will describe the SMA protocol and look at experiences of SMAs locally and around the world.

Chair: Dr Chris Ganora

Prof Garry Egger – The Why, What and How of SMAs

A/Prof John Stevens. ‘Programmed’ Shared Medical Appointments (pSMAs) for weight management in primary care: A proof of concept intervention study.

Dr Fraser Birrell & Dr Tania Jones – Auf Wiedersehen, Pet -saying goodbye to pain and hello to healthy living. Experience of SMAs in the UK.

Dr Glen Davies – Experience of establishing SMAs in clinical practice and ‘drop in’ SMAs for type 2 diabetes in Marae settings.

Willow Firth & Hayley Longbottom – Experience of delivering SMAs in an Australian indigenous setting.

Lifestyle intervention in the community: The Comprehensive Health Improvement Program (CHIP)

With Dr Paul Rankin and Melanie Renfrew

Move your focus from disease management to disease reversal. Learn how CHIP improves health and wellbeing with a comprehensive approach to the whole person when addressing health behaviour change.

Chair: Dr Darren Morton

This workshop is proudly presented by conference partner:

Opening plenary with ‘Brain and Biome’ – Friday 7 June 6pm-9pm

Friday night Opening Plenary with Brain & Biome
6pm-6:30pm Registration and time to mingle

All delegates, speakers, VIPs, sponsors and supporting organisations are invited to join us in the Atrium Lounge for drinks and conversation. Scientific posters will also be displayed for viewing.  (Delegates are advised to have a meal beforehand as only light snacks will be served).

6:30pm-9pm Opening Plenary session
  • Formal opening and Powhiri with the Ngāti Whātua Orākei
  • Opening remarks – Dr Glen Davies
  • Keynote – Prof Boyd Swinburn
Special event: Brain & Biome with Dr Joanna McMillan (MC)
The two hottest topics in medicine and science come together for one special evening, featuring lightning TED-style talks, panel discussions and Q&A with the audience.

Our esteemed Ted-talkers include:

  • Prof Julia Rucklidge (NZ)
  • Prof Wayne Cutfield (NZ)
  • Dr Alena Pribyl (AU)
  • Prof Felice Jacka (AU)
  • Dr Kiran Krishnan (USA)

Q&A with the speakers facilitated by MC.

Submit your questions for the experts on the form at the registration desk!

There will be drinks and light snacks on arrival however attendees are advised to have dinner beforehand as a meal will not be served.

Main Conference day 1 – Saturday 8 June 8am-6pm

Saturday Main conference day 1
6:30am-7:30am Morning healthy activities
7am Registration and arrival tea and coffee
8am-10am Plenary session with Dr Caroline West (MC)
  • Opening remarks – Dr Sam Manger
  • Keynote: Nutrition in the prevention and management of cardiometabolic disease: science and “fake news” – Prof Jim Mann
  • Keynote: Health and equity in New Zealand – Dr Lance O’Sullivan
  • Q&A with the speakers, facilitated by MC
10am-10:30am Morning tea and scientific poster viewing
10:30am-12:30pm Concurrent streams (Choose one to attend, watch the others online later)
Reversing type 2 diabetes, overweight, risk factors and metabolic dysfunction Microbiome and health tech: Emerging science, innovation and application Mental health: Mood disorders, emotional wellbeing and more
Chair: Prof Garry Egger

The gut microbiome and obesity – Prof Wayne Cutfield

Tackling the worldwide problem of childhood obesity: sleep, diet, and activity – Prof Rachael Taylor

Are sleep interventions targeting child obesity prevention feasible in Māori whanau – Dr Lisa Te Morenga

Q&A with the speakers

Chair: Dr Flavia Fayet-Moore

Exploring the links between gut microbial metabolites, health outcomes and diet – Dr Alena Pribyl

What and how can we learn about diseases from genetic variants located outside of genes? – Dr William Schierding

Serum microRNAs from the Newcastle Thousand Families Study: Ageing, the microbiome, markers and novel treatments
– Dr Fraser Birrell & Tania Jones

Q&A with the speakers

Chair: Prof Jerome Sarris

The evidence base for the first depression consultation (or the first visit with a distressed patient) – Prof Bruce Arroll

When dietary change alone isn’t enough: Why broad-spectrum micronutrients may be necessary for the treatment of mental illness – Prof Julia Rucklidge

The Overall Effects of Nutrition on Mental Health: Using Bigger Data to answer Bigger Questions – Dr Joe Firth

Q&A with the speakers

12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch and scientific poster viewing
1:30pm-3:30pm Concurrent streams
Reversing type 2 diabetes, overweight, risk factors and metabolic dysfunction Microbiome and health tech: Emerging science, innovation and application Mental health: Mood disorders, emotional wellbeing and more
Scientific Abstracts
Chair: Tanja McLeish

It’s time to SHAKE it up! Shared Health Appointments for Ketotic Energy Restriction – Sally Inglis

Strategies to reduce attrition in weight-loss interventions –Stephanie Pirotta

Comparison of response to glucose lowering anti-hypertensive effects of a low-calories diet in type 2 diabetes –Abishek Mittal

Chair: Dr Peter Bowden

Investigating the link between activity and depression in young people: an ecological momentary assessment study (Keeping track) – Alan Bailey

Gaming for health at work works! – Dr Tessa Kouwenhoven-Pasmoii

The influence of human support on the effectiveness of a web and mobile app-based multimodal lifestyle intervention targeting mental health: a randomised comparative study – Mel Renfrew

Chair: Dr Luke Wilson

Perspectives of social prescribing for mental health – Dr Denise Taylor

Yoga reduces stress in people with depression and anxiety symptoms – Michaela Pascoe

Is dairy consumption associated with depressive symptoms or disorders in adults? A systematic review of observational studies – Meghan Hockey

Breadth Workshops (Choose one to attend, watch the others online later)
Patients don’t want to change – or do they? A health coaching primer for practitioners

With Dr Louise Schofield, Simon Matthews & Dr Cameron McDonald.

Chair: Shivaun Conn

Dr Louise Schofield. The role of health coaching in chronic disease and lifestyle management.

Simon Matthews. The use of circular questioning to elicit curiosity about health behaviour change in patients.

Dr Cameron McDonald. Prescribing and supporting physical activity.

I offer food in my hands: Healing through food – a primary care approach

He Kai Kei Aku RIngaringa- He Oranga te Kai: He Kaupapa Hauora Hāpori

With Dr Lily Fraser, Joseph Finau and Maryanne Funaki

Chair: Dr Glen Davies

Introduction to nutritional psychiatry for health professionals

With Prof Felice Jacka, Dr Tetyana Rocks and Dr Wolfgang Marx

Chair: Dr Jenny Brockis

This workshop is proudly presented by:

3:30pm-4pm Afternoon tea and scientific poster viewing
4pm-5pm Plenary session with special guest facilitator, Prof Jim Mann
Keynote: Mens Sana in Corpore Sane Universalis. How Do Shared Medical Appointments Foster Innovation, Intervention, Environment & Equity? – Dr Fraser Birrell

Facilitated panel discussion – Culture as medicine: Diet, nutrition, culture and health equity with Prof Jim Mann, speaking with:

  • Prof Jim Mann
  • Dr Lance O’Sullivan
  • Dr Lily Fraser
  • Dr Lisa Te Morenga

Submit your questions for the experts on the form at the registration desk!

5pm-6pm A special plenary session on The spectacular role of the human microbiome in preventing metabolic endotoxemia – the root cause of chronic illness, with Dr Kiran Krishnan. This session is proudly sponsored by Microbiome Labs and FXMed.

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The fourth annual Lifestyle Medicine 5km run/walk with Dr Darren Morton.

5pm-7pm Meeting of the ACTA Lifestyle Medicine and Nutraceuticals Clinical Trials Network on Mental/Cognitive Disorders

  • 5pm-6.15pm – Biannual members meeting.
  • 6.15-7pm Early Career Researchers and anyone else interested in the work of the network are invited to join the group at 6.15pm for drinks and networking.

Gala Conference Dinner – Saturday 8 June 7pm-11pm

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

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 musician Matiu “The Hook” Te Huki.

Main Conference day 2 – Sunday 9 June 8am-5pm

Sunday main conference day 2
6:30am-7:30am Morning healthy activities
7:30am Registration and arrival tea and coffee
8am-10am Plenary session with Dr Darren Morton (MC)
Opening remarks – Shivaun Conn

Keynote: Global Lifestyle Medicine: Essential for personal and planetary health – Dr Margarete Ezinwa

Keynote: Nutritional psychiatry: The role of nutrition in mental health – Prof Felice Jacka

Keynote: The organic imperative, the health impacts of pesticides – Prof Stephen Myers

Q&A with the speakers, facilitated by MC

10am-10:30am Morning tea and scientific poster viewing
10:30am-12:30pm Concurrent streams (Choose one to attend, watch the others online later)
Reversing type 2 diabetes, overweight, risk factors and metabolic dysfunction Microbiome and health tech: Emerging science, innovation and application Mental health: Mood disorders, emotional wellbeing and more
Chair: Prof Stephen Myers

Artificial sweeteners, microbiome and diabetes – Prof Peter Clifton

Diabesity, metaflammation, anthropogens, technopathology and the causes of the causes! Prof Garry Egger

Speaker being finalised

Q&A with the speakers

Chair: Dr Joe Firth

Fuelling a healthy gut microbiome – Dr Joanna McMillan

Individualising an assessment and management platform for children and adolescents with obesity: a patient-centred approach – Dr Yvonne Anderson

Co-designing and evaluating OL@-OR@: a culturally tailored app supporting healthy lifestyles in Maori communities – Dr Lisa Te Morenga

Q&A with the speakers

Chair: Dr Michelle Reiss

Physical activity interventions for young people with depression: From evidence to implementation – Prof Alexandra Parker

Diet in child development and mental health: What is the connection? – Dr Simon Thornley

Innovative lifestyle interventions for those that need it most: Overcoming the barriers for disadvantaged groups – Dr Sam Manger

Q&A with the speakers

12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch and scientific poster viewing
1:30pm-3:30pm Concurrent streams
Reversing type 2 diabetes, overweight, risk factors and metabolic dysfunction Microbiome and health tech: Emerging science, innovation and application Mental health: Mood disorders, emotional wellbeing and more
Scientific Abstracts
Chair: Dr Cameron McDonald

Food environments in Tasmania: Healthy food access survey – Madeleine Ball

Associations between future parenthood aspirations and lifestyle and psychological characteristics in women – Dr Briony Hill

Exercise management for people with McArdle Disease – Prabhnoor Kaur

Chair: A/Prof John Stevens

The role of the Clinical Exercise Physiologist in reducing the burden of disease in New Zealand – Amy Pearce

Comparing community clients of different dietary patterns on their health indicators at a vegetarian festival in Hong Kong – Peter Chuk

Intervention or innovation for those choosing to undergo bariatric surgery – Sonya Goltz

Chair: Dr Peter Bowden

An integrative Lifestyle Medicine model for treating depression – Fiona Hargraves

Vacation or therapy? Exploring demographics, motivations and experiences of health retreat guests around the world – Dhevekasha Naidoo

The development of a new yoga-based mindfulness intervention for survivors of stroke: a formative evaluation – Tharshanah Thayabaranathan

Breadth Workshops (Choose one to attend, watch the others online later)
Lifestyle Medicine in clinical and community practice: tales from the trenches

With Dr John Sykes, Dr Glen Davies, Dr Michelle Reiss, Pen Blackmore and Shane Rakei

Chair: Dr Hamish Merldrum

The extended care team and community health worker (health champion) in chronic disease management – Pen Blackmore and Shane Rakei

How a GP can enter the world of weight loss, and reversal/prevention of metabolic syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes: the success and barriers so far – Dr Michelle Reiss

Initial stats on ‘Drop in Shared Medical Appointments’ in Marae clnics with type 2 diabetics – Dr Glen Davies

Planning and establishing a Lifestyle Medicine practice – a real world case study – Dr John Sykes

Culture as medicine: understanding the role of meaning, purpose, culture and identity

With A/Prof John Stevens, Dr Lisa Te Morenga and Dr Yvonne Anderson

Chair: Dr Chris Ganora

Meaninglessness, alienation and loss of culture and identity: Measurable determinants of chronic disease – A/Prof John Stevens

Whakawhanaungatanga – building relationships with Maori communities. How and why – Dr Lisa Te Morenga

Whānau Pakari: a multi-disciplinary intervention programme for children and adolescents with weight issues: understanding barriers and facilitators to engagement – Dr Yvonne Anderson. 

Physician heal thyself – how caring for the physician facilitates care of the patient

With Dr Caroline West and Dr Michael de Manincor

Chair: Prof Garry Egger

Developing a culture and sustainable practice of self care – Dr Caroline West

Mind-body approaches for mental health and wellbeing – Dr Michael de Manincor

3:30pm-4pm Afternoon tea and scientific poster viewing
4pm-5pm Closing plenary session with Dr Caroline West (MC)
Prizes and awards – Including best oral abstract, best poster and awarding of Fellowships

The Dr Andrew Binns ‘Pre-memorial’ lecture: Lifestyle Medicine and the problem with parachutes – Dr Darren Morton

Closing remarks – Dr Sam Manger

Farewells and departures. See you at Lifestyle Medicine 2020, 15-17 May 2020 in Melbourne
6pm-7pm Exam orientation session
For those sitting the Board Certification exam on Monday morning, or considering doing so in the future.

  • Stephen Herzog – IBLM Executive Director
  • Dr Darren Morton – Exam item contributor
  • Stephen Penman – ASLM Executive Director
  • Jordhana Clark – ASLM Education Coordinator
  • Dr Margarete Ezinwa – LMGA Director

Monday Post-Conference Board Certification exam (June 10)

Monday Board Certification exam
8am Registration and arrival tea and coffee
9am-1pm Examination

International Board of Lifestyle Medicine 2019 Certification exam sitting