Who & Why?

Speakers and presenters

We’re proud to present the extraordinary line up of speakers and workshop presenters for Lifestyle Medicine 2019!  More are still being added. Check out the draft program and register now to be part of the movement for change in healthcare.

Masters of Ceremonies

With not one, but three leading lights of Lifestyle Medicine to guide you through the feast of options, our Masters of Ceremonies Dr Caroline West, Dr Darren Morton and Dr Joanna McMillan will keep you moving, laughing, singing and dancing!

Caroline West

Dr Caroline West


Dr Caroline West is one of Australia’s most respected and well known Media Doctors, with an extensive background as a journalist in TV, online media and print journalism. She is currently the host of Ask the Doctor and Catalyst on ABC TV. Her past credits as a TV presenter and producer include Beyond Tomorrow, Good Medicine, Beyond 2000, 60 minutes, Sex/Life, Living Longer, Everybody, George Negus Tonight, Guide to the Good Life, Mornings, The Drum and The Project.

Caroline is a Sydney-based GP with 30 years of clinical experience. She is particularly passionate about nutrition, stress management, healthy lifestyle behavioural changes, mental health, sleep, exercise, and preventative medicine. Caroline has been a leader in the field of Lifestyle Medicine, believing that prevention is key. She is the Past President of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine.

Caroline also has a love of art and music. Much to the disappointment of her extended family, she has taken up the ukulele in recent years and she enjoys playing at large ukulele festivals.

Darren Morton

Dr Darren Morton

BEd (Hons), MAppSc, PhD, FASLM

Dr Darren Morton is an internationally recognised Lifestyle Medicine Educator. He is a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine and Certified Diplomate of the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine. Presently he is the Course Convenor for Postgraduate Studies in Lifestyle Medicine at Avondale where he also supervises several doctoral students.

Dr Morton is the author of four books and approximately 50 publications in scientific and medical journals. He has presented to corporate, education and community groups around the world and is an invited speaker at international academic conferences. He has also been awarded a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in the Australian university sector.

Dr Morton’s specialty is in the creation of evidence-based lifestyle interventions. He was a key developer of, and is a presenter in, the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) which is a premier Lifestyle Medicine intervention targeting chronic diseases that now operates in over 10 countries around the world. Most recently, Dr Morton has created The Lift Project which incorporates evidence-based strategies from Lifestyle Medicine and Positive Psychology for improving emotional health and wellbeing.

In his spare time, Darren loves being active outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Joanna McMillan

Dr Joanna McMillan

BScNutr &Diet (Hons), PhD, FASLM

Scottish-born Dr Joanna McMillan has become one of Australia’s favourite and best-known nutrition and lifestyle specialists. She is a PhD qualified nutrition scientist, Accredited Practising Dietitian, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with La Trobe University and a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine.

As a warm and engaging MC, keynote and TEDx speaker, Joanna travels Internationally. She is a popular health presenter and a regular on television and radio, with over a decade presenting health and nutrition segments on The Today Show and is currently also a presenter on ABC’s science show Catalyst.

Joanna is an accomplished author of six books, including the latest Get Lean, Stay Lean (Murdoch books, 2017) and is currently working on her seventh, due for release December 2018. She has also written the nutrition information for several of the Australian Women’s Weekly cookbooks.

Joanna is a nutrition consultant to Cobram Estate and an ambassador to Diabetes Australia, The Skin & Cancer Foundation and FoodBank. She lives in Sydney with her husband, two sons and her walking buddy, their labradoodle Spartacus.

Special guest speaker

Lance O'Sullivan

Dr Lance O’Sullivan

Dr Lance O’Sullivan is an accomplished author, international speaker, role model and disruptive leader and innovator. From a young boy labelled by society as a trouble maker, Lance developed into a passionate advocate for Maori health. He is a pioneer for equal health care in his community and a champion for creating a fairer New Zealand.

In 2012, Lance and his wife Tracy established Navilluso Medical, a healthcare company committed to developing innovative ways to ensure appropriate and quality health care reached the right people in the right place at the right time. Lance also founded The MOKO Foundation, inspired by the opportunities that he himself had experienced in life.

He is the recipient of the Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader Award and the Public Health Association Public Health Champion Award. He was also named TVNZ Maori of the Year in 2013 and New Zealander of the Year in 2014 for bringing health programmes to disadvantaged in rural areas.

Dr Lance O’Sullivan a father of seven children, is a truely inspirational leader and we look forward to hearing what he has to say to our delegates.

Special guest musician

Matiu Te Huki

Matiu “The Hook” Te Huki

We are chuffed to announce that singer-songwriter Matiu “The Hook” Te Huki will be bringing his vocal skills and unique energy to the Lifestyle Medicine 2019 Gala Dinner on Saturday 8 June!

Matiu’s soulful roots music has a strong Maori flavor, using haka, chants and traditional Maori instruments, backed by grabbing grooves, deep, beautifully crafted bass lines, funky rhythms and magical melodies that stay with you well after his show ends, all held up by a pillar of Pacific passion.

Invited speakers

Speaker announcements so far… You can see the draft program here.  Please check back again for more announcements!

Yvonne Anderson

Dr Yvonne Anderson

BSc(Psych), MBChB, Dip Paeds, FRACP, PhD

Dr Anderson is a Paediatrician who has been based in Taranaki for the past ten years after attaining her FRACP. Prior to this she worked in the UK, developing her subspecialty interests in paediatric endocrinology, acute care, and medical education. Yvonne undertakes clinical research with the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland, but also remains actively involved in clinical practice, teaching and supervision. Yvonne is committed to undertaking research that supports positive systems change in healthcare service provision. In 2018, she completed her PhD entitled Whānau Pakari: a multi-disciplinary intervention for children and adolescents with weight issues, which went on to receive the Vice Chancellor’s award for best doctoral thesis 2018. This work evolved from a clinical need to address existing obesity intervention services, and the inequities in access to services in the prevailing healthcare model.

Bruce Arroll

Prof Bruce Arroll


Bruce is a Professor of General Practice and Primary Health Care at the University of Auckland New Zealand and a practising GP at Greenstone Family Clinic in Manurewa in South Auckland. He does regular general practice at that clinic and also does special consultations using Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT) for people who are feeling stuck in their lives by stress, pain or low energy. He does this work with his own patients and those referred from his clinic colleagues as well as for people outside of the clinic.

Fraser Birrell

Dr Fraser Birrell


Dr Fraser Birrell a Consultant & Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Honorary Consultant with Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University, Visiting Professor at Sunderland University and Academic Lead of Shared Medical Appointments UK.  He is a clinician, educator & researcher with a PhD, Diploma of Clinical Education and recently achieved the highest UK educational recognition, Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and winner of British Society for Rheumatology Young Investigator & Innovation in Development awards, plus Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Training Fellowship, as well the Royal College of Physicians Excellence in Patient Care Awards Lancet Research Award (shortlist).

He was the first UK clinician to establish the group consultation model (aka Shared Medical Appointments) in routine clinical practice with over a decade of experience. This group are now helping others to understand and share the benefits for patients and staff, recently securing funding from Sir Jules Thorn Trust to establish a virtual training and evaluation hub at Newcastle University and train 1000 general practice and 500 hospital teams.  More

Pen Blackmore

Pen Blackmore

Pen Blackmore is a New Zealand Registered Nurse and Clinical Manager for the Pinnacle Midland Health Extended Care team in Taupo NZ.

This Extended Care team works proactively with general practice, community health and social services integrating health care plans and pathways to ensure improved access and health outcomes for clients.

Pen is a connective leader, passionate and creative about exploring environments and interventions that are innovative and client centred.

“Working together as one” –  “Me mahi tahi tãtou”   is the teams motto.

Mary Cavanagh

Mary Cavanagh

Mary Cavanagh delivers Healthy Start Workforce Training on behalf of the NZ Ministry of Health. Healthy Start supports health practitioners in their roles as agents of change through both an online education programme exploring the science around why good nutrition and physical activity in early life is so important for life-course health, as well as skills based training developing tools and strategies  to help practitioners to be more effective and empowering in their approach to supporting clients/patients to identify and make lasting lifestyle behaviour changes. Healthy Start have delivered over 250 workshops around New Zealand to over 3500 practitioners from a range of health disciplines. Mary has a background in psychology, project management and health sector research.

Peter Clifton

Prof Peter Clifton


After graduating from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor Surgery and Bachelor of Medical Science in 1975, Peter Clifton worked in hospitals in Adelaide, London and Melbourne before undertaking a PhD at Flinders University with Professor Philip Barter on the topic “Factors affecting HDL particle size distribution” (awarded 1987). Peter then embarked on a 22-year research career in nutrition with CSIRO’s Division of Human Nutrition, where he was the Director of the Clinical Research Unit from 1994 to 2009. In 2009, he took up the position of Head of Nutritional Interventions at Baker IDI in Adelaide.

Currently, Peter is Adjunct Professor of Nutrition at the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA), UniSA; Affiliate Professor, Department of Medicine at the University of Adelaide, and in the School of Health Sciences at Flinders University, and and Affiliate of the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute.

Peter is an internationally respected leader in the field of cardiovascular disease, nutrition and health. To date in his career he has contributed to informing both the public and health professionals. He has over 250 peer reviewed papers, 12 book chapters and has co-authored 6 books for the public.

Shivaun Conn

Shivaun Conn

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.

Mark Craig

Dr Mark Craig


Dr Craig’s main passion is lifestyle medicine and specifically reversing and preventing disease disease through the whole food plant based diet. He was astounded by the depth and breadth of evidence supporting this, and why he wasn’t taught this is medical school or postgraduate studies. His main interest is now in disseminating this information and putting it into practice with patients. He has an increasing number of patient case studies where profound improvements to quality of life have been achieved.

Dr Craig hails from deepest Essex, UK, trained at Edinburgh and undertook surgical training in ENT before seeing the light and entering the real arena for medicine, primary care. He has 2 plant based boys age 8&10 and runs, swims and bikes for fun and races, powered only by plants.

He has set up a nutrition/ lifestyle consultancy to help patients make this change in their lives.


Dr Wayne Cutfield

Prof Wayne Cutfield


Dr Wayne Cutfield is Professor in Paediatric Endocrinology at the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland and practising paediatric endocrinologist at Starship Children’s Hospital. He is currently Director of A Better Start, a government National Science Challenge. He has published >200 peer reviewed manuscripts in leading journals that include the New England Journal of Medicine.

Glen Davies

Dr Glen Davies


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.

Karen Day

Dr Karen Day


Karen is a Registered Nurse with postgraduate training in midwifery, public health, health services management, and health informatics. Additionally, Karen is a Programme Director for health informatics at The University of Auckland. She teaches postgraduate and undergraduate courses in health informatics, and conducts research on a range of topics, focussing mostly on patient access to their medical records and how they use portals, PHRs and apps for self care of long term conditions. Karen has hosted two health hackathons focusing on solving self-care of long term health issues (2015 and 2016). 

Karen specialises in health informatics, person centric healthcare for people with chronic conditions, information needs of integrated healthcare services, interactive social media in healthcare and education, change management, innovation development and adoption.

Michael De Manincor

Dr Michael de Manincor

BA(hons), MPsych, PhD

Dr Michael de Manincor is a registered psychologist, yoga teacher/therapist, and clinical researcher in the field of yoga and integrative mind-body-lifestyle medicine. He holds a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Mind-Body Therapies at the NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University, with specialist expertise in Yoga and Mental Health. He is leader of the mind-body therapies and related research in the Western Sydney Integrative Health (WSIH) centre, a translational research initiative of NICM Health Research Institute. He has published clinical research in high impact mental health journals, and currently collaborating on numerous research projects related to yoga and mind-body-lifestyle medicine. Michael is also an invited Advisor to the World Health Organisation, for development of benchmarks for training in Yoga in Healthcare.

Garry Egger

Prof Garry Egger


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.

A/Prof Margarete Ezinwa

A/Prof Margarete Ezinwa


Dr Margarete Ezinwa received her medical degree from The University of Auckland, New Zealand, before completing residency training in Family Medicine at Franklin Square, and Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins including fellowships at the World Health Organization where she worked with a multidisciplinary team creating International Partnerships for Patient Safety and strengthening the network of the WHO global collaborating centers, the Office of Global Research at the National Institute of Health where she initiated collaboration between New Zealand the the USA, especially in the area of OneHealth and looked at the problem of calorie rich micronutrient poor nutrition in the Cook Islands of the South Pacific and Center for a Livable Future where she worked with food policy groups identifying leverage points for health within the American food system.

Currently as Assistant Professor in Preventive and Family Medicine at Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California, USA, she combines her passions for assisting patients in lifestyle change for the treatment and prevention of Non-communicable disease at at an underserved clinic in San Bernardino, and teaching the next generation of Preventive and Family Medicine Residents global-local medicine.

Lily Fraser

Dr Lily Fraser


Lily is of Kāi Tahu descent and works as Clinical Director and General Practitioner at Turuki Healthcare in Mangere, Auckland. She also works for Counties Manukau District Health Board as the GP Lead for Mangere Locality.

Lily Fraser grew up surrounded by amazing people who fought hard to save te reo Māori and culture. Lily is living proof that kids who attend Kura Kaupapa Māori can achieve well at university. Lily is passionate about Te Reo Maori and the daily use of it in her work. Since 2015 she has been recommending Low Carbohydrate High Fat nutrition in her practice and has worked in collaboration with AUT to develop education resources for Māori and Pacific people in her community. She supports face to face and Facebook support groups and has upskilled all Turuki staff on LCHF. She is motivated by the broad health gains seen in people who eat LCHF and is active in spreading the message about the benefits of LCHF.

Joseph Firth

Dr Joseph Firth

PhD, BSc (Hons) Psyc

Dr Joseph Firth is a Senior Research Fellow in NICM Health Research Institute. His research investigates novel interventions for improving physical and mental health outcomes in people with psychiatric conditions, with a particular focus on youth mental health. This includes examining the benefits of physical activity and nutrition for mental health, along with investigating how digital technologies (including mHealth) can be harnessed to facilitate and improve psychiatric care. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles on these topics, including first-author articles in World Psychiatry, JAMA Psychiatry and The Lancet Psychiatry. His ongoing projects focus on developing and evaluating pragmatic and feasible programs aimed at helping young people with mental health problems to engage in regular exercise, and adopt healthier lifestyles. Alongside this, Dr Firth is leading an upcoming lancet commission on “Improving Physical Health Outcomes in People with Mental Illness”, due for launch in August 2019.

Chris Ganora

Dr Chris Ganora


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!

Roy Hardman

Dr Roy Hardman

BSc, MAppSc (Pharmacy), Master Wellness, Grad Dip BusMkt, Cert 4 WTA,TESOL, PhD

Roy gained his PhD from the Faculty of Health, Arts & Design at Swinburne University of Technology within the Centre for Human Psychopharmacology Melbourne Australia. Roy’s research “Effects of adherence to a Mediterranean style diet and healthy lifestyle on cognitive functioning in independently living older individuals” The” LIILAC” study, (Life Style Intervention, Independently living Aged Care) is a 2x 2 factorial design, random control trial recently completed and published. Roy also has a research background in Biochemistry and Drug Metabolism with the combination of Wellness Research together over 30 years of working within the health care industry experience is a unique combination of interests. The LIILAC base results and 6 month results will be presented.

Fiona Hargraves

Fiona Hargraves

B.Sc (Ex Sci), M Hum Nutr

Fiona Hargraves is a PhD candidate at NICM, and recipient of the Blackmores Institute Scholarship for her research into lifestyle interventions- such as exercise, nutrition, sleep and mindfulness – for treating depression. Fiona is a qualified exercise physiologist and nutritionist, trained health and wellness coach, published lifestyle author, an experienced international presenter and university lecturer. Fiona is now focussed on making a difference in mental health with her interests in health behaviour change, integrative medicine, lifestyle interventions and digital technologies.

Lily Henderson

Lily Henderson

NZRD, PGDipDiet, BSc

Lily Henderson is a New Zealand Registered Dietitian and is National Nutrition Advisor at the New Zealand Heart Foundation.  Lily has 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. When it comes to eating for optimal health, Lily is passionate about being the voice of reason that cuts through the clutter and using evidence-based approaches to inform her work

Felice Jacka

Prof Felice Jacka

BA, PostGrad DipMedSc, PhD

Professor Felice Jacka is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow at Deakin University where she is director of the new Food & Mood Centre. She is founder and president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR) and immediate past president of the Australian Alliance for the Prevention of Mental Disorders (APMD). Professor Jacka has pioneered and led a highly innovative program of research that examines how individuals’ diets, and other lifestyle behaviours, interact with the risk for mental health problems. Her current work focuses closely on the links between diet, gut health and mental and brain health. This research is being carried out with the ultimate goal of developing new, evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies for mental disorders.

Tania Jones

Tania Jones

MPharm, MSc, IPresc, PGCertHE, SFHEA, MRPharmS

Tania is the National Lead Pharmacist for Shared Medical Appointments, UK and is one of the most experienced pharmacists in the UK in delivery of hospital-based group consultations (aka shared medical appointments) at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Tania is currently undertaking a PhD in Ageing at Newcastle University (UK) focusing on epigenetic epidemiology. Prior to this, she worked for 8 years as a Senior Lecturer and Programme Director of MSc Clinical Pharmacy at Sunderland University and also at Hong Kong University’s School of Professional and Continuing Education. Tania also has worked most of her career in the NHS as a hospital pharmacist prescriber alongside her academic roles. She is also a passionate educator and was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2018 for her innovations in pharmacy postgraduate education. Tania’s clinical and research interests include musculoskeletal health and ageing, orthopaedic surgery, pain management and mental health in chronic illness. 

Kiran Krishnan

Kiran Krishnan

Kiran Krishnan is a Research Microbiologist and has been involved in the dietary supplement and nutrition market for the past 18 years. He comes from a strict research background having spent several years with hands-on R&D in the fields of molecular medicine and microbiology at the University of Iowa.Kiran established a Clinical Research Organization where he designed and conducted dozens of human clinical trials in human nutrition.Kiran is also a co-founder and partner in Nu Science Trading, LLC.; a nutritional technology development and research company. Kiran is also a co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Microbiome Labs. In his career, he has developed over 50 private label nutritional products for small to large brands in the global market. He is a frequent lecturer on the Human Microbiome at Medical and Nutrition Conferences. He conducts a very popular Microbiome Series educational Webinar, is an expert guest on National and Satellite radio, has appeared in several international documentaries and has been a guest speaker on several International Health Summits as a microbiome expert. He is currently involved in 10 novel human clinical trials on probiotics and the human microbiome. Kiran is also on the Scientific Advisory Board or a Science Advisor for 7 other companies in the industry.

Sam Manger

Dr Sam Manger

MBBS, BSc, FRACGP, FASLM, Medical Educator

Dr Sam Manger is a General Practitioner/Family Physician, President of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine, Australian representative for the Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance, host of “The GP Show” podcast, and a medical educator with James Cook University (JCU) and Generalist Medical Training (GMT).

He completed his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and his undergraduate Bachelor of Science (BSc) from 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 also a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM).

His passion for health has evolved into reflecting on how to change individual and social behaviour to lead to a more healthy, sustainable and ethical culture. He is a founding National Board Director of the Australia wide Transitions Film Festival. The Transitions Film Festival was founded in 2012 and has screened hundreds of positive and solutions focussed films, forums and events around Australia on the transition to a sustainable and ethical culture.

Jim Mann

Prof Jim Mann


Jim Mann has been Professor in Medicine and Human Nutrition at the University of Otago and Consultant Physician (Endocrinology) in Dunedin Hospital for the past 30 years. Previously he lectured at the University of Oxford and was a Physician in the Radcliffe Infirmary. 

He is Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Human Nutrition, the ‘Healthier Lives’ National Science Challenge and the New Zealand-China Non Communicable Diseases Research Collaboration Centre and; co-Director of the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre (EDOR). He is principal investigator for the Riddet Institute, a national Centre of Research Excellence at Massey University.

His clinical work has mainly been in the field of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. His research has principally related to epidemiological and nutritional aspects with a special interest in diabetes prevention.  He has been author and co-author of over 300 publications and has written and edited textbooks and popular books.

He has been involved with national and international, government and non-governmental organisations (including the WHO, the European Association for the Study of Diabetes and the World Cancer Research Fund) in guideline development relating to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and nutrition. He has chaired a range of professional organisations and advisory groups to the Ministry of Health and NGOs in New Zealand.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and has been awarded the Hercus Medal of the Royal Society and the University of Otago Distinguished Research Medal.  He was appointed a Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Medicine and medical research. More.

Wolfgang Marx

Dr Wolfgang Marx

BHlthSc, MDietStud, PhD

Dr Wolfgang Marx is a postdoctoral research fellow and Head of the Nutraceutical Research stream at the Food & Mood Centre. Wolfgang is also an Accredited Practising Dietitian and holds honorary positions at Murdoch Children’s Research Centre institute and The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. Wolfgang’s current research program covers a broad range of projects involving the use nutraceuticals for mental health, fatigue, and cognition.

Simon Matthews

Simon Matthews


Simon has helped hundreds of clients achieve their goals of living healthier, more purposeful lives and has assisted government, banking, retail, education, not-for-profit and charitable organisations to help their staff to understand the value of healthy lifestyle and to practice the principles of living well. He seeks to help all his clients problem solve and has developed a trademarked approach to combining mental health treatment in the context of physical activity and a model of personal change that gets results.

As part of his commitment to seeing individuals make health-behaviour change and organisations encourage change, Simon has authored lifestyle health and mental health content, appeared as a content expert on in-house mental-health training, presented at industry conferences, written for industry publications on aspects of Lifestyle Medicine and authored a paper on innovative approaches in healthcare. Simon is a Registered Psychologist, Fitness Trainer and Nutritionist with over three decades experience as a motivator of health behaviour change. He is a certified Diplomate of the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine. When not working with clients, Simon also loves talking about his other passions as a Pilot, Barista and self-taught cook.

Cam McDonald

Dr Cameron McDonald

BSc, MNutrDiet, PhD

Dr Cam McDonald is a Dietitian, Exercise Physiologist, PhD Scholar and a Leader in Personalised Health. He has a specific focus on creating a culture where the health choice is easy and obvious. He has a working knowledge of how individuals can move to a state of optimal health, and a keen interest in maximising human performance throughout the community. Combining the world’s sciences throughout time, he is driven to help you find what makes you thrive in your life.

He has spent the last decade furthering his knowledge and skills so as to promote health in a way that makes it easy and obvious for clients. Dr Cam blends his background as a dietitian, exercise physiologist, with his long-standing personal interest in health, and his passion for understanding the latest research in genetics and environmental influence on health.

He takes this passion to both the general community, however he has a large focus on improving the education of health professionals in the space of personalised health. He currently spends the majority of his time educating Medical practitioners through to Massage therapists in the application of personalisation, and how it can be readily used to dramatically improve outcomes for their clients.

Susan Miller

Susan Miller

Susan Miller delivers Healthy Start Workforce Training on behalf of the NZ Ministry of Health. Healthy Start supports health practitioners in their roles as agents of change through both an online education programme exploring the science around why good nutrition and physical activity in early life is so important for life-course health, as well as skills based training developing tools and strategies  to help practitioners to be more effective and empowering in their approach to supporting clients/patients to identify and make lasting lifestyle behaviour changes. Healthy Start have delivered over 250 workshops around New Zealand to over 3500 practitioners from a range of health disciplines. Susan has a background in law, mediation and health sector project leadership.

Stephen Myers

Prof Stephen Myers

BMed, ND, PhD

Stephen Myers is the Director of the NatMed-Research Unit within Southern Cross Plant Science at Southern Cross University. He was the Foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Complementary Medicine Education and Research (ACCMER) [2001-2006] and the Foundation Head of the School of Natural and Complementary Medicine at Southern Cross University [1996-2001]. He has been an leading academic in the development of complementary medicine as a university academic discipline. He has qualifications in naturopathy (ND), western medicine (BMed) and basic and clinical pharmacology (PhD).

Prof Alex Parker

Prof Alex Parker

BA (Hons), MPsych (Clin), PhD

Alexandra (Alex) Parker is the Professor of Physical Activity and Mental Health at the Institute for Health and Sport, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. Alex leads a multidisciplinary research program that engages in projects aiming to measure, understand, and promote exercise and physical activity to optimise mental wellbeing and prevent and treat mental illness. Her major research interests are: investigating the effectiveness of physical activity interventions in clinical settings, with a focus on depression in young people; translating research findings into practice through implementation studies; and the mental health and wellbeing of elite athletes. Alex also works as a clinical psychologist in youth mental health services.

Alena Pribyl

Dr Alena Pribyl


Dr Alena Pribyl is a senior scientist at Microba, a microbial genomics company that provides metagenomic gut microbiome profiles to general consumers and researchers. Alena has a PhD in fish physiology where she investigated physiological and molecular biomarkers of stress in fish. Following a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, she was awarded a prestigious fellowship through the California Council on Science and Technology to work in science policy at the California Legislature. She spent two years in science policy where she developed a passion for science outreach and communication. After arriving in Australia three years ago, she started working for the Australian Centre for Ecogenomics (ACE) at the University of Queensland where she added to her expertise in physiological and molecular biomarkers in the context of the human microbiome. One of her projects was to develop the science content for a novel platform that could be used to present metagenomic gut microbiome profiles. This platform later became the basis for Microba’s consumer results report.

Shane Rakei

Shane Rakei

Kia ora
Ko te arawa te waka
Ko tauhara te maunga
Ko tu wharetoa te iwi
Ko ngati rauhoto te hapu
Ko nukuhau te marae
Ko ngati rauhoto te whare tupuna
Ko shane rakei toko ingoa

Since 2017, Shane Kakei has been a peer support/community health worker amongst male mãori menwho are wanting to get their health back on track, as a part of the Pinnacle Midlands Health team in Taupo NZ.

Paul Rankin

Dr Paul Rankin


Dr Paul Rankin has worked as a nurse, pastor, missionary pilot, health educator, administrator and academic. He is passionate about his family, wife Sonia and three adult children.  He enjoys hang gliding, woodwork and hiking. He is currently trying rather unsuccessfully to teach himself woodturning.

He trained as a registered nurse when he first left school. He then trained as a SDA Pastor in the early 1980’s. He completed a Masters in Public Heath in 1998 and a PhD in Lifestyle Medicine in 2014.

Dr Rankin is a conjoint lecture in Lifestyle Medicine at Avondale College of Higher Education and Health Director for the Greater Sydney Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He has a number of publications looking at the efficacy of the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) and his whole food plant-based recipe book “Simple Tasty Good” has just been translated into French.

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Dr Michelle Reiss


Dr Michelle Reiss is a General Practitioner and a Director of Mingara Medical – a large multi-disciplinary Family Practice precinct on the NSW Central Coast. She is also founder of the Lifestyle Medicine Centre on the Central Coast which runs the “I Can Change Me” Lifestyle Medicine program for sustainable weight loss, prevention and reversal of chronic disease, and self-regulation for adults and children.

Michelle is a certified physician of the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine, Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine and of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. She acts as GP advisor on Healthy Weight to the HNECC PHN, sits on their Healthy Weight taskforce, as well as on the HNECC PHN/ CC LHD Diabetes Working Group.

Alongside her general practice experience in South Africa, Canada and Australia, she also worked many years in acute care as a Hospitalist and Emergency Physician where she experienced first-hand the significant complications caused by chronic disease.

As a Lifestyle Medicine (LM) Physician, Michelle has now turned her passion to prevention and reversal of these diseases, rather than just “management”. She is a strong advocate for LM to be recognised as a sub-specialty in primary care due the complexities of the “Bio-Psycho-Social” aspects associated with sustainable lifestyle change. She also believes the sustainability of the LM profession itself lies in the shared-medical-appointment format and combining the multi-disciplines in delivering a “community of care”.

Mel Renfrew

Mel Renfrew

Coming from an education background, Mel completed a Graduate Diploma in Lifestyle Medicine in 2017. She is currently working full time on a PhD that focuses on human support needs for participants in an online mental well-being intervention. Mel commenced as a Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) facilitator in her local Gold Coast community in 2013. She also worked with a small team in 2016 to launch CHIP into the online space for Australia and New Zealand, gaining considerable online facilitation experience.

Tetyana Rocks

Dr Tetyana Rocks

PhD, BNutrDiet, BSci(Honours)

Dr Tetyana Rocks is a postdoctoral research fellow and Head of Translational and Educational stream at the Food & Mood Centre, Deakin University. Her main role within the centre is to support the translation of the current evidence in the field of Nutritional Psychiatry into policy and clinical practice by facilitating resources for knowledge translation and dissemination. Tetyana is an Australian Accredited Practicing Dietitian with extensive experience in tertiary and professional education.

Julia Rucklidge

Prof Julia Rucklidge


Julia is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the University of Canterbury’s Department of Psychology, and the Director of the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group. For the last decade, she and her lab have been running clinical trials investigating the role of broad-spectrum micronutrients in the expression and treatment of mental illness, specifically ADHD, mood disorders, addictions, anxiety and stress. Julia has over 100 peer reviewed publications, has given invited talks all over the world on her work on nutrition and mental health, and is a regular feature in the media. She has been the recipient of many awards, including the Ballin Award from the NZ Psychologist Society, an award that recognises notably significant contributions to the development or enhancement of clinical psychology in Aotearoa New Zealand, a Braveheart award for her contribution to making Christchurch a better place to live, and was named in the top 100 Most Influential Women in New Zealand in 2018. Her 2014 TEDx talk has been viewed over a million times. Julia is passionate about helping people find alternative treatments for their psychiatric symptoms and being a voice for those who have been let down by the current public healthcare system. More.

Jerome Sarris

Prof Jerome Sarris


Jerome Sarris is an NHMRC Clinical Research Fellow and Professor of Integrative Mental Health and Deputy Director and Research Director of NICM Health Research Institute at Western Sydney University. He also holds an honorary Principal Research Fellow appointment at Melbourne University, Department of Psychiatry. He has a particular interest in mood and anxiety disorder research pertaining to lifestyle medicine and nutraceutical psychopharmacology, and psychotropic plant medicine research (in particular on Kava, and medicinal cannabis). Professor Sarris has over 150 academic publications, including journal articles featured in The American Journal of Psychiatry, Lancet Psychiatry, JAMA Psychiatry,and World Psychiatry). He has conducted many RCTs in the field, including 3 recent multicentre NHMRC Project Grants as CIA. Professor Sarris was a founding Vice Chair of The International Network of Integrative Mental Health & is an Executive Committee Member of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatric Research. He currently leads the ACTA Clinical Trials Network on Lifestyle Medicine and Nutraceuticals for Treatment of Mental and Cognitive Disorders.

William Schierding

Dr William Schierding

PhD, Bioinformatics

William came to New Zealand in 2012 where he worked as a Programmer Analyst at the McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University in St. Louis. In New Zealand, William completed his PhD at the University of Auckland (Liggins Institute), where he was focused on the functional consequences of the three-dimensional structure of genome organization. William is currently working as a Research Fellow at the Liggins Institute, studying the application of genetic risk scores to advise clinical (obstetric) management. More.

Louise Schofield

Louise Schofield


Louise has a PhD in Public Health and 15 years’ experience in the corporate wellbeing industry. A serial entrepreneur and innovator, she is a co-founder at PreKure and her mission is to inspire a change in medicine to focus more on prevention. In Louise’s day job she trains health coaches, practices as a health coach herself and regularly attracts hundreds of everyday people into her simple and effective behaviour change programs.

Isabella Smart

Isabella Smart


Prior to midwifery training in 1998, Isabella spent 15 years working in community development and volunteering management in Nottingham, England. After 7 years as a community midwife in the inner city and then teaching Nurse Prescribing, Isabella migrated to New Zealand in 2008. Completing 7 years as a Clinical Midwife Specialist in Diabetes with Counties Manukau DHB, Isabella became a Midwife Manager in 2016. She is responsible for Community Midwifery, Obstetric & Antenatal Referrals and the Maternity Assessment Clinic. Achieving Health Equity in maternity care is the focus of her work.

John Stevens

A/Prof John Stevens


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.

Boyd Swinburn

Prof Boyd Swinburn


Boyd Swinburn is Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health at the University of Auckland and Alfred Deakin Professor with the Global Obesity Centre, Deakin University, Melbourne. He is also Co-Chair of World Obesity Policy & Prevention section (formerly International Obesity Task Force).

He trained as an endocrinologist and has conducted research in metabolic, clinical and public health aspects of obesity. His major research interests are centred on community and policy actions to prevent childhood and adolescent obesity, and reduce, what he has coined, ‘obesogenic’ environments. He is currently leading an initiative ( to monitor and benchmark food environments internationally.

He has over 350 publications related to obesity, established WHO’s first Collaborating Centre on Obesity Prevention at Deakin University in 2003, led two Lancet Series on Obesity and co-chairs the Lancet Commission on Obesity. He has been an advisor on many government committees, WHO Consultations, and large scientific studies internationally. More.

John Sykes

Dr John Sykes


Dr John Sykes is a General Practitioner who completed his training in the UK with the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2017 and is now working in Sydney Australia. Dr Sykes has a keen interest in using positive lifestyle changes to reduce, prevent or reverse disease to help his patients lead healthier happier lives. John is a Trustee and Director of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine. John has organised and delivered several national conferences in the UK on Lifestyle Medicine including the inaugural “RCGP Lifestyle Medicine” Conference which won a local award with the RCGP.

During his training he was awarded the Severn Deanery Central Leadership Scholarship and worked in Public Health in which he arranged and delivered several teaching sessions for GPs and medical students on the subject of physical activity and lifestyle medicine. Dr Sykes has worked in several areas of need which has shaped his interest in chronic disease management for conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, smoking, heart disease as well as mental health conditions. Dr Sykes is passionate about General Practice as he strongly believes in the power it has to care for patients and better their health.

Rachael Taylor

Prof Rachael Taylor

BSc(Hons), PhD

Professor Rachael Taylor is Deputy HoD of the Department of Medicine and Director of the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre at the University of Otago, and the Healthy Weight theme leader of A Better Start, the National Science Challenge focused on improving health and wellbeing in New Zealand tamariki.

She leads several large randomised controlled trials investigating different approaches to obesity prevention and management in children and adults. Previous trials have ranged from interventions very early in life targeting the development of good eating and sleep behaviours to interventions in adults to determine the real-life feasibility of high-intensity interval training in overweight adults.

Current projects include validation of 24-hour movement patterns in children, and determination of the effect of sleep deprivation on diet and eating behaviour in children.

Lisa Te Morenga

Dr Lisa Te Morenga

BSc(Otago) BForSci(Hons)(Canterbury) PhD(Otago)

Lisa Te Morenga (Ngapuhi, Ngāti Whātua, Te Rarawa) is Senior Lecturer Māori Health and Nutrition in the School of Health. She completed a PhD in Human Nutrition in 2010 at the University of Otago and continued as a senior research fellow in the Department of Human Nutrition and Associate Dean Māori in the Division of Sciences until 2018. She is a principal investigator with Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research at the University of Otago and an associate investigator with the Riddet Institute – a National Centre of Research Excellence food material science, novel food processing, human nutrition and gastrointestinal biology and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga – New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence. Lisa’s research interests involve the role of diet in the treatment and prevention of obesity, the metabolic syndrome, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. She has a special interest in the relationship between nutrition and hauora (Māori health). Lisa’s primary motivation is to undertake research that is of direct benefit to Māori and thus focuses on the role of nutrition in the development of preventable diseases that inflict a particularly high health burden on the Maori community.

Simon Thornley

Dr Simon Thornley

MBChB, MPH(Hons)

Simon Thornley is a Public Health Physician, lecturer and researcher in the section of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Auckland. His academic career centres on improving dietary treatment for diabetes and uncovering the health effects of excess sugar intake. His research interests include tobacco dependence, food addiction and obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, psychiatric disease, injury and environmental epidemiology. Outside of work, he’s an avid reader, cyclist and cycle advocate. He also co-ordinates the course POPLHLTH 304, Applied Epidemiology, in the third year of the Bachelor of Health Sciences Degree.

Jack Tsonis

Dr Jack Tsonis


Dr Jack Tsonis is a Sauna Studies researcher, and president of the Australian Sweat Bathing Association (ASBA). After completing a PhD in History and Religious Studies in 2013, Jack made a complete change of career in 2016 to follow his passion for sauna and community health promotion, beginning with the founding of ASBA and the publication of his first Sauna Studies paper. In 2019, he launched the Sauna Studies @ Western Sydney research group, which aims to build knowledge about the health and social benefits of sauna, and to promote greater use of thermal therapies in both clinical and community settings. Jack is passionate about the potential of sauna (and other types of thermic bathing) as a wellness tool for physical and mental regeneration in the high-speed, high-stress world of the twenty-first century. He is currently a lecturer in the Graduate Research School at Western Sydney University, and an associate of the NICM Health Research Institute.

Robyn Whittaker

Dr Robyn Whittaker

Dr Robyn Whittaker is a public health physician and programme co-leader of Health Informatics & Technology at the National Institute for Health Innovation, University of Auckland. Her research is in mobile health (mHealth), particularly developing health interventions to be delivered using mobile communications technology. She has been PI on several randomised controlled trials of mHealth interventions including video messaging for smoking cessation, multimedia messaging for the prevention of depression, and text messaging for diabetes self-management support. Others have included text messaging and internet programmes for weight management, alcohol brief intervention, and pulmonary rehabilitation.

Dr Whittaker also works at Waitemata District Health Board as Clinical Director of innovation in the Institute for Innovation and Improvement. In this role she leads the Leapfrog Programme of strategic projects, including the enterprise-wide implementation of several health IT solutions. This programme has helped Waitemata DHB to become a leader in digitisation of clinical systems including ePrescribing and Administration, eVitals and nursing assessments, eOrdering, smartphone apps for clinicians, telehealth and patient experience/outcomes reporting.

She was a Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy & Practice 2010-11 in the U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services in the USA. She is an expert consultant to the World Health Organisation/International Telecommunications Union on their global mHealth initiative supporting governments to implement mHealth. She is a member of the NZ Telehealth Forum Leadership Group, Clinical & Technology Advisory Group for Health Informatics NZ, and an Associate Editor of Digital Medicine npj.

Luke Wilson

Dr Luke Wilson


Dr Luke Wilson is from Wellington, New Zealand, and is Board Certified by the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine. In his final year of medical school, he studied and worked in Santa Rosa, California, as an intern for Dr John McDougall at the McDougall Health and Medical Center and also alongside Dr Michael Klaper and Dr Alan Goldhamer at the True North Health Center. After graduation, he worked at Gisborne Hospital and subsequently was co-lead researcher and creator of a community-based lifestyle intervention using whole foods plant-based nutrition. Luke founded Two Zesty Bananas with colleague Dr Matthew Hobbs in 2014. Since then he has co-authored The 21st Century Food Course, completed the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition, worked part-time as a general practitioner, and spoken at events in New Zealand and Australia. He has experience helping hundreds of people transform their lives by adopting a whole foods plant-based lifestyle. Luke is a current Board Member of Doctors for Nutrition.

Caryn Zinn

Dr Caryn Zinn


Dr Caryn Zinn is a New Zealand Registered Dietitian and a Senior lecturer and researcher at AUT, with 23 years of experience in the nutrition industry. She started off her career as a public health dietitian, and then entered academia in 2000, maintaining her clinical practice as a dietitian throughout. Her research and clinical practice focus on the application of an integrative dietary approach to metabolic health and sports performance.

She has established herself globally as a leading dietitian and advocate of a whole-food, low carbohydrate, healthy fat (LCHF) nutrition approach for optimal health and disease prevention and management. She has co-authored four books as part of the What the Fat? Series, which has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide.

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What people have to say about this conference

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


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


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


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


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


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


I met so many interesting people and learned a lot.


Thank you for organising such an amazing event!


This conference was very impressive.


The best Lifestyle Medicine conference yet!


This conference had it all!


Thanks very much for this fantastic opportunity!

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


One of the very best conferences I have ever attended.

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The Conference was, again, outstanding!


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

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


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


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


Keep doing it! I found this conference excellent – best in years!


This 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.


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.


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


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!


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


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


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

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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!

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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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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!


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

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


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

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


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


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

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


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.


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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