Speakers and presenters
Speakers and presenters for Lifestyle Medicine 2020 are being announced progressively as they are confirmed. Please keep checking back for updates! You can also check out the program here.
Masters of Ceremonies
Master of Ceremonies
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.
Master of Ceremonies
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.
Special guest speaker
Dr Michael Mosley
Michael Mosley is one of the BBC’s most recognisable faces, responsible for some of the most high-profile science and history documentaries of recent years. He is now perhaps best known for the Horizon documentary Eat, Fast, and Live Longer which sparked a national conversation; a diet followed by everyone from Miranda Kerr to Mervyn King; and a bestselling companion book, The Fast Diet, co-authored by the Evening Standard journalist Mimi Spencer. His subsequent books including Fast Exercise, and The Eight Week Blood Sugar Diet, also shot to the top of the bestseller lists.
Michael studied PPE at Oxford, and first worked as an investment banker before realising this really wasn’t the industry for him. He retrained as a doctor as the Royal Free Hospital in London but soon realised that this wasn’t really the industry for him either! At this point he joined the BBC, and hasn’t looked back. He has worked behind the camera as a producer, working with Sir David Attenborough, John Cleese, Jeremy Clarkson, Professor Robert Winston and Professor Alice Jones among others. He has served as executive producer of such successes as Trust Me, I’m a Doctor; Superhuman and QED and devised and produced three of the most popular science and history programmes of the last decade: Pompeii – The Last Day, Supervolcano and Krakatoa. He has also made a number of business programmes, including Trouble at the Top and Back to the Floor. His programmes are multi award-winning, and have been nominated for both BAFTA and Emmy awards.
As a presenter, Michael has made a dozen series for the BBC, including Medical Mavericks ; Blood and Guts; Inside the Human Body; The Truth About Exercise ; Pain, Pus & Poison and The Genius of Invention . When Trust Me, I’m a Doctor returned to BBC Two for a second series, Michael acted as presenter too.
Michael is also an award-winning print journalist. He writes for the Mail on Sunday, The Times and The Independent, and is a regular columnist for BBC Focus Magazine and the specialist science magazine, Eureka. In 1995, he was named Medical Journalist of the Year by the British Medical Association.
Michael is an experienced speaker, having worked extensively in both public speaking and television and radio broadcast environments. His style is both informative and lively, and he is expert in communicating complex topics in an engagingly accessible style to a variety of audiences.
Prof Garry Egger
AM, MPH, PhD, MAPS, FASLM
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.
Georgie has significant and broad-ranging leadership, policy and service delivery experience in the community, public and private sectors.
Georgie was appointed as the CEO of beyondblue in May 2014 where she has led a significant expansion of effort and results in service innovation, suicide prevention and digital solutions.
Previously, she helped set up and was the Deputy CEO of the National Mental Health Commission, providing independent advice to government on reform.
From 2006-2012, Georgie had national responsibility for mental health, suicide prevention, substance misuse, cancer and chronic disease policy and programs as a senior executive at the Commonwealth Department of Health. She led the development of a significant whole of government mental health Budget package and the strategy and development of legislation to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products in Australia – a world first.
Georgie has also led national reforms to lift Australia’s organ and tissue donation rates and worked in the HIV/AIDS sector in Australia and the UK.
Margaret Moore/Coach Meg, is a coaching geek. Following a 17-year career in the biotechnology industry, founded the Wellcoaches School of Coaching for health professionals in 2000, a strategic partner of the ACSM since 2002, which has trained more than 12,000 coaches in 50 countries. Margaret is co-founder and co-chair of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, and co-director of the Coaching in Leadership & Healthcare conference offered by Harvard Medical School. Moore teaches coaching psychology at Harvard University Extension School and transformational leadership at Harvard Medical School’s Office of Global Education. She is co-author of 18 peer-reviewed articles and 6 book chapters on coaching, the ACSM-endorsed Coaching Psychology Manual published by Wolters Kluwer, and Harvard Health Books Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life and Organize Your Emotions, Optimize Your Life.
Prof Gregory Phillips
Professor Gregory Phillips is a Waanyi and Jaru medical anthropologist. He leads change in cultural safety and decolonisation in community, academic, government and corporate organisations. He wrote a world first Indigenous health curriculum framework for all medical schools in Australia and New Zealand, founded the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network, and established the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation in the wake of the federal apology to Indigenous Australians. His PhD examined culture, race and power in medical schools, his research masters in medical science investigated PTSD and addictions in remote Aboriginal communities, and his Bachelor of Arts is in Aboriginal Studies and Government. He is CEO of ABSTARR Consulting and Professor of First People’s Health in the School of Medicine at Griffith University.
Prof Susan Prescott
MD, PhD, FRACP
Susan Prescott is a Professor of Paediatrics in the School of Medicine at the University of Western Australia. She is a Paediatrician and an Immunologist at the Perth Children’s Hospital. Susan is a Founding Director of the ORIGINS Project at the Telethon KIDS Institute, a $26 million legacy project based at Joondalup Health Campus examining how the environment influences health throughout life, and how we can improve this.
She is also founding Director of inViVO Planetary Health, an global initiative of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). This interdisciplinary network is focused on the links between personal and planetary health through social and ecological justice.
Her interests and expertise are focused around early life risk factors for inflammation as an antecedent (and preventive target) for a broad range of noncommunicable diseases (NCD), with a particular interest in early onset NCDs such as allergy, obesity and mental health. She isthe Founding President of the multidisciplinary ‘DOHaD’ Society in Australia and New Zealand (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease).
She works at the highest international level of her field, and is a former Director of the World Allergy Organisation (WAO), andformer Head of Children’s Allergy Immunology Research at University Of Western Australia.
In addition toover 300 scientific publications, she is also author of several booksfor an international public audience:The Allergy Epidemic – a Mystery of Modern Life, The Calling,and Origins – Early Life Solutions to the Modern Health Crisis, and most recently The Secret Life of Your Microbiome: Why Nature and Biodiversity are Essential to Health and Happiness – 2018 Gold Medal winner of the Independent Publishers Book Awards (health), and 2017 Finalist in the Foreword Reviews Indies Book awards.
She has received numerous prizes, awards and fellowships including a Winston Churchill Fellowship. Over the course of her career Susan has raised over $52 million in research funding as Chief Investigator. In 2009 she was awarded a prestigious Practitioner Fellowship (2009-2018) by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and in 2010 her work was recognised in the “10 of the best” in Australia. Susan cares deeply about the social determinants of health, and takes a holistic approach to life.
Her inspiration to study medicine came from her grandmother, one of the few women to study medicine in the 1930s, and her love of research and academia was inspired by her grandfather Sir Stanley Prescott, former Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia.
Speakers and presenters
Prof Charles Abraham
BA, DPhil, CPsychol, FBPsS, FEHPS, FHEA
Professor Charles Abraham PhD is Director of the Melbourne Centre for Behaviour Change. He is an applied social and health psychologist specialising in behaviour change and translational health research. He employs a range of quantitative, qualitive and review methods to research many behaviour-change challenges. His research focuses on the design and evaluation of behaviour-change interventions, including those using digital and group-based components. Areas of application include preventive behaviour patterns (e.g., weight loss), health service usage (e.g., increasing engagement with relevant health services) and management of long-term illnesses (e.g., diabetes, heart failure and persistent pain). He has held scientific advisor positions with the UK Department of Health, the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the UK House of Lords. He was one of 7 psychologists included in a list of the leading 100 practising scientists in the UK (produced by the UK Science Council in 2014). He has published more than 220 peer-reviewed journal articles, has a Google Scholar h-index of 69 and, in 2018, was listed as a “world-class researcher selected for exceptional research performance, demonstrated by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1%, by citations for field and year, in Web of Science”. He is also a practising Health Psychologist, registered by the UK Health and Care Professionals Council. For an introduction to his research see here.
Prof Kaarin Anstey
Professor Kaarin Anstey is Scientia Professor of Psychology, Director of the University of New South Wales Ageing Futures Institute, and a Senior Principal Research Scientist at Neuroscience Research Australia. Anstey also co-Directs the Australian Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration and is Chair of the International Research Network on Dementia Prevention. Anstey’s research programs focus on the causes, consequences and prevention of cognitive ageing, dementia, and common mental disorders in adulthood. Dr Anstey is Principal Investigator on the PATH Through Life project which is a population-based study of young, middle-aged and older adults who have been followed for 20 years focusing on risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia. Anstey is also an investigator on several multi-domain risk reduction trials. She led the Body Brain Life project in Primary care, is a co-investigator on the Mind Your Brain Trial and the soon to commence AU Arrow trial which is funded by the Australia Medical Research Future Fund and the US Alzheimer’s Association. Anstey is a member of the Governance Committee of the Global Council on Brain Health and was a member of the WHO Guideline Development Committee for the guidelines on risk reduction for cognitive decline and dementia.
Dr Emma Beckett
Dr Emma Beckett is a lecturer in Food Science and Human Nutrition and a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellow at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Emma works in molecular nutrition, studying gene-nutrient-environment interactions. She is interested understanding how the differences in our genes and lifestyles interact with our nutrition to determine health and disease risks, particularly the consequences of these interaction for healthy aging. Emma is also a passionate science communicator, focusing on empowering the public to interpret nutrition research. She appears regularly in print, online, on radio and television. She has won several research and communications awards, including being named as a NSW Young Tall Poppy in 2017.
Tim is the Managing Director of Semantic Consulting, a consulting firm focused on leading digital change in healthcare. Tim helps organisations with digital health strategy, and is passionate about enabling engaged patients, activating carers, the use of mobile solutions in health, consumer health technology, precision medicine, consumer genomics, pharmacogenomics and many other components of digital health that are disrupting healthcare in positive and exciting ways.
Tim advises digital health startups in Australia, the US, Canada and the UK, with a particular focus on personalised medicine. He is known for his thought leadership on Twitter (@timblake1978) and through his blog.
Tim has formerly held roles as Chief Information Officer of the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services (and member of the Tasmanian Health Executive Team), Director of Rural eHealth Strategy at New South Wales Health and Strategic Advisor at Australia’s National eHealth Transition Authority (NEHTA) and the Commonwealth Dept of Health.
Tim is an active contributor to the team building the emerging FHIR health data standard, and is currently the Secretary of the Board of HL7 Australia, the organisation driving the creation and localisation of health data standards for the Australian health system.
RN, A&E Cert, BHScN, Accredited Immuniser, GAICD
Karen Booth is President of the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) and a veteran of primary health care reform.
Karen holds several committee and advisory group positions at Australian Government Department of Health level. She is the only nurse representative on the Primary Health Care Advisory Group, established to develop advice to Government on short, medium and long term opportunities to reform the primary health care system. Karen is the only nurse representative on the Primary Health Reform Steering Group, formed to provide independent expert advice on the development of the Primary Health Care 10-Year Plan as part of the Government’s Long Term National Health Plan.
Karen has worked as a primary health care nurse and nurse manager in general practice since 1998. Her roles include acute care, preventative health and chronic disease management, care coordination, data management, accreditation, staff training and mentoring, and practice management.
Karen’s true passion is preventative health care and utilising surveillance and health checks to identify health problems so that care can be initiated early to prevent damage to a person’s health and wellbeing. Key to this is the development of systems to utilise skills of the whole general practice team to support health prevention activity and care.
Karen has participated in advisory groups for APNA, the Australian Medicare Local Alliance, Nursing in General Practice Program, New South Wales Health, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Practice Nurse Clinical Education, Sydney University, and Health Pathways Advisory Group for Inner West Sydney Medicare Local/Sydney Local Health District.
Karen holds committee and advisory group positions including the General Practice Roundtable, the National Immunisation Committee, the Advisory Committee for Safety of Vaccine (Ministerial appointment). Karen has participated in several advisory groups for the RACGP including the Pandemic Taskforce and the review of the Pandemic Flu Kit, the Infection Control Standards and Quality Health Records.
Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Telephone Health Coach Coordinator at My health for life, Diabetes Queensland.
Dr Nic Brayshaw
Dr Nic Brayshaw is a family general practitioner in Geelong, with 35 years of broad and varied professional experience.
He has a longstanding passion for promoting equity in health, and prevention through empowerment and inclusion.
Currently these interests are pursued through roles with the Western Victorian PHN, with Partners in Prevention Geelong, through Research into community attitudes & literacy around chronic diseases, and as a member of RACGP working group for “Shaping a Healthy Australia”.
Dr Adam Castricum
MBBS, FACSEP, MSpMed(Res)
Dr Adam Castricum has been a Fellow of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP) since 2008 and works clinically, heading up the Medical Department at Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre, Melbourne. He completed his Research Masters at Melbourne University in 2008 on exercise induced asthma in elite swimmers. Adam was President of ACSEP from early 2016 to early 2019 and during this time sat on the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) where he strongly advocated for equality and diversity in medicine. Adam is an official mentor to indigenous doctors and actively involved in teaching ACSEP Registrars. Adam is a member of the Male Champions of Change Health advocating for gender equality in the medical specialities and in health leadership positions. From 2008-2016, Adam was the Chief Medical Officer for Athletics Australia including the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympic Games, and also worked with the Hawthorn Football Club from 2014-2017. Adam is passionate about improving indigenous, regional, and remote health outcomes, doctors’ mental health, and ensuring that specialist Sport and Exercise Medical care is accessible to all members of the community.
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.
Prof Barbora de Courten
MD, PhD, FRACP, MPH
Dr. Barbora de Courten a Professor at Monash University and Specialist Physician. She has a PhD in epidemiology, extensive training in clinical trials from the National Institutes of Health, US, and is a Master of Public Health. She has expertise across the translational research continuum from human mechanistic studies to clinical trials and public health interventions through to practice.
Barbora’s vision is to establish innovative, safe and scalable strategiesthat target insulin resistance through lowering inflammation to prevent and treat type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and related conditions including polycystic ovary syndrome, gestational diabetes, obesity related infertility and musculoskeletal disorders and more recently neurodegenerative diseases as well as associated mental health impact these chronic diseases often have. Her goal is that her research findings will ultimately translate into treatment guidelines, reduced morbidity and mortality and reduced health-care costs. She is passionate about holistic research approaches to preventing chronic diseases by promoting health as she believes this will impact not only the health of individuals but also will be beneficial to our society and environment we live in.
She has worked in a variety of international settings, as reflected by her appointments at prestigious institutions in the USA (NIH), Australia (Baker IDI, Monash University) and Europe (University of Copenhagen and Steno Diabetes Centre). She enjoys an active national and international research network. She is an author on over 150 publications and more than 300 presentations at national and international meetings. She is on the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council and Diabetes Australia Research Trust grant review panels, the Lead Fellow for Continuing Professional Development on the Adult Medicine Division Council for Royal Australasian College of Physicians, a council member of Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society and a member of several conference organizing committees including Australian Diabetes Society, American Diabetes Society (Clinical Nutrition sub-committee) and the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society. Since joining Monash University in 2014, she has supervised 8 PhD students.
Sharon Curtain is a dietitian and health coach with twenty years experience in clinical and corporate nutrition. Beginning her career in primary health care, she has worked in the public health system, in the healthcare industry and has an in depth knowledge of food regulations and the food industry.
Sharon is passionate about nutrition education and communication with a focus on finding practical solutions to the challenges and barriers to achieving a healthy lifestyle. Her interest in better supporting clients in behaviour change lead to her studying health coaching and beginning her health coaching business Campaign Healthy. She is also the co- founder and developer of the evidence based qualification, the Diploma of Health Coaching, launching in February 2020.
Sharon completed a Bachelor of Science at Melbourne University and a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics at Deakin University, Melbourne.
Dr Sandro Demaio
Dr Sandro Demaio is a medical doctor and globally-renowned public health expert and advocate.
Having held the role of Medical Officer for non-communicable conditions and nutrition with the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development at the World Health Organization, Dr Demaio was previously the CEO of the EAT Foundation, the science-based, global platform for food systems transformation.
In his pro bono work, Dr Demaio co-founded NCDFREE, a global social movement against chronic disease which reached more than 2.5 million people in its first 18 months. In 2015, he founded festival21, assembling and leading a team of experts in staging an unprecedented free celebration of community, food, culture and future in his hometown of Melbourne. In 2018, he also established an independent, not-for-profit foundation focused on improving the health and nutrition of Australians.
He has published 30 scientific papers and more than 90 articles. He is also the author of the Doctor’s Diet, a cookbook based on science and inspired by a love of good food.
Besides his role as VicHealth CEO, Dr Demaio also co-hosts the ABC television show Ask the Doctor – an innovative and exploratory factual medical series broadcasting across Australia and around the world.
Dr Demaio originally trained and worked as a medical doctor at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. He holds a Masters degree in public health, a PhD in non-communicable diseases and has held fellowships at both Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
A/Prof Rob Donovan
Rob Donovan (PhD Psychology) is Adjunct Professor in the School of Human Sciences at the University of Western Australia. He is the originator of the constructs in WA’s Act-Belong-Commit mental health promotion campaign, which is diffusing internationally. He has an international reputation in health promotion and social marketing, and has (co-)authored over 250 journal articles, books and book chapters across marketing, psychology and public health, and a similar number of technical reports for government and non-government organisations across a variety of health and social policy areas.
After a commercial marketing career which included a stint in the Swan Brewery and the founding of a market research consultancy, he returned to academia in the early 1990s. He has taught in US and Australian university business schools and been a Visiting Scientist with the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (AIDS Information & Education Program) in Atlanta, Georgia. He has conducted research and program development across a broad range of health and social policy areas, including alcohol, tobacco and drugs, physical activity and the built environment, early childhood & parenting, preparing for retirement, child abuse, domestic violence, racism, doping in sport, suicide prevention, mental health promotion, and health promotion in General Practice. Until recently he has been Vice-president of the Western Australian Board of Relationships Australia, deputy chair of the Western Australian Ministerial Council on Suicide Prevention, a board member of Mates in Construction WA, and chair of the scientific advisory group of RUOK? He was a Foundation Member of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Education Committee and currently chairs the Agency’s Social Sciences Research Expert Reference Group.
Dr Ingrid Edshteyn
Dr. Ingrid’s academic studies in cognitive science, eastern philosophy, and osteopathic medicine come together in her role as the Founder and Director at Valia Lifestyle. Her passion for wellness originated in 2004, when Dr. Ingrid established Cornell University’s Meditation & Yoga Club and when she served as President of Cornell’s Seven Spirits Kung Fu organization. She saw directly the power of cultivating strength and health for both the body and the mind with these traditions. Her course of study continued to medical school and residency training in Preventive Medicine, when she simultaneously earned her Executive Masters in Public Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School. She now holds two additional Board Certifications, as a Diplomate of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine and of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Exploring and integrating the varied elements of wellness and fitness is her passion. Dr. Ingrid is fortunate to share her love for lifestyle as medicine in her work at UCLA’s Weight Management Center and with the Valia Lifestyle Strength & Conditioning Coaches, crafting unique programs for empowering body and mind.
BAppSc, BSc, MHlthSc, GrCertTertEd, MScMed, Assoc. Fellow ANZAHPE
Kylie joined the ACSEP National Office team in the role of National Training Coordinator in March 2019. Kylie is an osteopath with a background in osteopathic education and has recently completed a Master’s degree in Pain Management at the University of Sydney. Kylie has led several research projects investigating pain knowledge, attitudes and beliefs and simulated learning in osteopathic education and practice. Kylie is also an associate fellow of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE), the peak organisation for practitioners involved in the education and training of health professionals in Australia and New Zealand.
Selected Publications (ORCID):
- Fitzgerald, K., Denning, T., Vaughan, B. R., Fleischmann, M. J., & Jolly, B. C. (2019). Simulation can offer a sustainable contribution to clinical education in osteopathy. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, 27(1), 38.
- Vaughan, B., Mulcahy, J., Fitzgerald, K., & Austin, P. (2019). Evaluating Patient’s Understanding of Pain Neurophysiology. The Clinical journal of pain, 35(2), 133-139.
- Fitzgerald, K., Fleischmann, M., Vaughan, B., de Waal, K., Slater, S., & Harbis, J. (2018). Changes in pain knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of osteopathy students after completing a clinically focused pain education module. Chiropractic & manual therapies, 26(1), 42.
- Fitzgerald, K., Denning, T., & Vaughan, B. (2017). Simulated learning activities as part replacement of clinical placements in osteopathy: a case study. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 26, 44-48.
Dr Kate Gregorevic
BSc, MBBS(Hons), FRACP, PhD
Dr Kate Gregorevic is a geriatrician and general physician at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She completed her medical degree and PhD at the University of Melbourne and is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians. She works in acute medicine and the community setting. Her research interests include frailty, and the impact of life course events on health status in older age. She regularly writes for The Age/ Sydney Morning Herald on health topics and her first book on healthy ageing will be published by Pan Macmillan in 2020. She is one of the founders of Project Three Six Twelve, an online exercise and health education course for women in their forties and beyond, with a focus on resistance training, positive nutrition and mental wellbeing.
Prof Gilles Guillemin
Prof Gilles Guillemin has been working in the fields of Neuroimmunology and tryptophan metabolism for more than 20 years.
He is the Co-funder of the MND and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Centre, The Co-funder of the Macquarie University MND Biobank and the Head of the Neuroinflammation group at Macquarie University.
Prof Guillemin’s team is one of the world’s leading research groups working on the involvement of the tryptophan catabolism (via the kynurenine pathway) in human neurodegenerative diseases.
He demonstrated the roles of this pathway in multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, suicide…
He is the President of the International Society for Tryptophan Research and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal for Tryptophan Research.
He has published more than 250 peer reviewed scientific articles. His current h-index is currently 62 and has more than 14,500 citations.
A/Prof Craig Hassed
Associate Professor Craig Hassed OAM has been working at Monash University since 1989 where he has been teaching within the Faculty of Medicine. He now also teaches into a number of other faculties and is coordinator of mindfulness programs across Monash University. His teaching, research and clinical interests include mindfulness, mind-body medicine, lifestyle medicine, integrative medicine and medical ethics. Craig developed and integrated into the Monash medical curriculum the world-first mindfulness-based healthy lifestyle course called the Health Enhancement Program. He has authored over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is regularly invited to speak and run courses in Australia and overseas in health, educational, government and corporate contexts. Craig has collaborated with a number of Australian and international universities helping them to integrate similar content. Craig was the founding president of Meditation Australia, is a regular media commentator, and has published 13 books and 14 book chapters. Craig featured in the documentaries, The Connection, and My Year of Living Mindfully. He co-authored with Richard Chambers the two free online Mindfulness courses in collaboration with Monash University and FutureLearn, both of which are rated by Class Central as the leading mindfulness courses and among the leading online courses in the world for any subject. In 2019 Craig was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to Medicine.
Intervention Lead at My health for life, Diabetes Queensland.
Prof George Jelinek
Professor George Jelinek has professorial appointments in public health at the University of Melbourne and Monash University. He had a long and distinguished career in emergency medicine, being appointed the first Professor of Emergency Medicine in Australasia at the University of Western Australia in 1996 and editing the MEDLINE-indexed journal Emergency Medicine Australasia for over 30 years. Following a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 1999, Prof Jelinek turned his attention to recovering from that illness, developing and releasing several books on a multi-modal lifestyle-based program, the Overcoming MS Program, which has gained in popularity in the MS community since. Following establishment of the international not-for-profit charity Overcoming MS in 2011, Prof Jelinek founded and led the Neuroepidemiology Unit at the University of Melbourne in 2015, publishing around 40 papers on the lifestyle risk factors that predict health outcomes for people with MS. Twice a state finalist for Australian of the Year in 2008 (WA) and 2016 (Victoria), George continues to facilitate residential lifestyle-based retreats for people with MS in Australia, the UK and Europe. He remains fit and well and enjoys swimming, running and travel.
Dr Liliana Laranjo
MD, MPH, PhD
Liliana Laranjo (MD MPH PhD) is a Medical Doctor (General Practitioner) with a Master of Public Health from Harvard University, and a PhD in Health informatics. Her current research focuses on person-centred health informatics, evidence-based digital health and lifestyle behaviour change. Dr Laranjo works at the Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia).
A/Prof Anna Lewi
Heart Health Manager at the Heart Foundation, Queensland
A/Prof John Litt
MBBS, Dip RACOG, MSc(Clin Epid), FAFPHM, FRACGP, PhD
Dr John Litt is a retired academic GP and a public health physician who previous was the Associate Professor in the Discipline of General Practice at Flinders University. He was also the Deputy Chairman of the National Quality Committee of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) for 18 years. His teaching activities focussed on coordinating the teaching of general practice in the Flinders University MD program and arranging placement for medical students in the Flinders University Medical Course.
His major clinical and research interests are in prevention and its implementation. He has expertise in lifestyle counselling (especially smoking cessation), immunisation (especially in older adults), and screening. He has over 130 refereed publications (journal articles, book and book chapters) including co authorship of the Australian General Practice Smoking Cessation Guidelines and its updates and the RACGP prevention guidelines.
On study leave in Ireland in 2011 he helped the Irish College of GPs develop and training package for GPs and their staff to assist patients with both self-care and self-management for a range of chronic conditions. He has co-authored a chapter on Bullying in the last two editions of the RACGP Abuse and Violence Monograph.
He has been a member of several national committees, consortia, and Scientific Advisory Committees including NHMRC, Cancer Australia, the Lung Foundation, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance and Freemasons Centre for Men’s health)
He has been the leading driver of the RACGP green book, Putting Prevention into Practice and evidence-based review of effective implementation strategies for prevention activities in the GP setting. He was the editor of the first two editions and on the Editorial board for the latest 3rd edition.
He has run counselling workshops on lifestyle change, motivational interviewing and brief behavioural intervention for GPs, Divisions and practice nurses for 25 years in most States in Australia.
In 2016, he was awarded a Lifetime achievement award by the Lung Foundation and presented with the Rose-Hunt medal, the RACGP’s highest award for one of its members for his long- standing contribution to the RACGP.
In June 2019 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday honours for his contribution to prevention in general practice, especially in the area of immunisation in adults and older persons.
Dr Edward Maile
Edward is an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in General Practice at Imperial College London, combining clinical work as a GP with research and teaching. He co-led the development of Imperial College School of Medicine’s new Lifestyle Medicine and Prevention module and will chair its Advisory Board.
His passion for lifestyle medicine began as a medical student when he co-founded Move Eat Treat, a non-profit aiming to increase provision of lifestyle medicine education in undergraduate curricula. He has significant experience in research, education, policy and management. His research focusses on health policy, previously publishing in fields including cancer, medical education and global health.
He began his clinical and academic training as an Academic Foundation Doctor at Oxford University. Prior to Imperial, he worked in health policy at NHS England as Clinical Fellow to the former National Medical Director, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh. He previously held tutoring roles at Harvard and Oxford and has a strong interest in innovation, having advised several healthcare technology start-ups.
He holds a Master of Public Health from Harvard University, where he was a Kennedy Scholar; a BSc (Hons) in Genetics and qualified in Medicine from the University of Manchester. Away from work he enjoys hiking, music and is an enthusiastic but inept surfer.
Dr Wolfgang Marx
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 an honorary research fellow at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, La Trobe University, and Bond University. Wolfgang’s current research program covers a broad range of projects involving the use nutraceuticals for mental health, fatigue, and cognition. Of particular interest is the role of polyphenols – compounds found abundantly in spices, fruits, and vegetables – in mental health and the gut microbiome.
FASLM, MHlthSci, DipIBLM, MAPS
Simon is a Psychologist, Board Certified Lifestyle Medicine Professional and Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. He supports people to achieve their goals of living healthier, more purposeful lives and has worked with government, corporate, banking and not-for-profit organisations to help their staff to understand the value of healthy lifestyle and to practice the principles of living well.
Simon is the CEO Of Wellcoaches® Australia. The premier school of evidence based health coaching, Wellcoaches® trains health professionals to assist their clients to achieve long lasting health behaviour change.
He writes and presents on lifestyle medicine approaches to great mental health and the role of health coaching in sustained behaviour change.
When not working, Simon also loves talking about his other passions as a Pilot, Barista and self-taught cook.
MCAP, FASLM, Adv.Dip.G.Psych.
Tanja has been in the general practice network for more than three decades including roles nationally with the former Australian General Practice Network as the Principal Advisor Chronic Disease as well as roles within the state-based organisation of General Practice NSW, and the formerly known North West Slopes Division of General Practice and Central West Division of General Practice. Tanja was the previous CEO of the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association and remains as Secretary on the Board of ASLM. Tanja has returned to the Primary Health Network with a passion for lifestyle medicine, prevention and management of chronic disease, research, change management, quality improvement strategies and best practice business systems to improve patient health outcomes as well as clinician wellbeing. With a thirst for knowledge Tanja has qualifications in psychology, exercise science, health coaching and medical sciences. With her passion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, Tanja also holds credentials in cultural awareness and safety and is licensed to use the Flinders University Chronic Condition Management Tools as part of the Closing the Gap Program. After several years of training in Gestalt Psychotherapy and Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) with a Master Degree in Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy as well as training tools such as workplace training and assessment, Tanja’s appetite for change management and her desire for the world to be at one with nature has her now undertaking further studies on Mind Health and Nutrition including an Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy. Tanja is also the Team Leader, Drug, Alcohol and Indigenous Mental Health for the HNECCPHN and maintains a private clinical practice outside of her PHN role.
Prof Peter Meikle
Professor Peter Meikle is the Head of the Systems Biology Domain, co leads the Obesity and Lipids Program and is Head of the Metabolomics Laboratory at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. He is Editor in Chief of Metabolites, the official Journal of the International Metabolomics Society. His research has a focus on the dysregulation of lipid metabolism associated with metabolic diseases including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular and Alzheimer’s disease and its relationship to the pathogenesis of these disease states. This work is leading to new approaches to early diagnosis and risk assessment, and to the development of new lipid modulating therapies for chronic disease.
A/Prof Adrienne O’Neil
Associate Professor O’Neil is Director of Heart & Mind Research and Deputy Director of the Food and Mood Centre at Deakin University in Australia. A behavioural scientist and epidemiologist, she leads a program of research focussing on the relationship between mental disorders and cardiometabolic conditions, including shared risk factors, pathways and lifestyle based interventions. A/Prof O’Neil has been involved in several seminal dietary and lifestyle based intervention trials including the Australian Diabetes Prevention project (2007), Proactive Heart trial (2012). MoodCare trial (2014), and the recent SMILES trial (2017) which was the first study to show that the Mediteranean diet was efficacious in improving clinical depression in adults. She is funded by the Heart Foundation of Australia and the Wilson Foundation.
BPharm, MPS, AACPA
Neil qualified from the Victorian College of Pharmacy in 1985 with his first appointment being in the pharmacy at Prince Henry’s Hospital, Melbourne. After working as a locum in rural Victoria, he owned and operated a community pharmacy in Highett, implementing forward dispensing and pharmaceutical care, before establishing his consultancy. He was accredited as a consultant pharmacist for undertaking medication reviews in residential care facilities in 1998.
Neil is widely appreciated for the research, professionalism and forward thinking of his presentations to pharmacists, general practitioners, community groups and aged care staff on a variety of topics. With a particular interest in Quality Use of Medicines and care of people with dementia, he has developed a number of resources to support these ideals.
He has been a member of numerous Medication Advisory Committees, including Chair of one regional MAC. He has served on a number of other committees with the National Prescribing Service, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and Asthma Educators Association of Victoria.
RN, Practice Nurse, Health Coach
Kim is the Founder of MediCoach, winner of the 2015 APNA Best Practice Award in Nursing for Chronic Disease Management, and now nominee for Hesta Nurse of the Year. Kim has been invited to work with the World Health Organisation on obesity prevention workshops. She presents at national conferences, currently tours with APNA as a keynote presenter on enhanced nurse led clinics, Pilot to Practice program and Chronic disease and Healthy ageing workshops. Consultant to PHNs, Health Insurances and Medical centres developing sustainable frameworks to decrease financial health burdens.
Kim is a Level 3 graduate of Wellness Coaching Australia, mentor’s graduating nurses, a consulting health & wellness coach, and draws on 11 years as an Intensive Care Nurse. During the past nine years as Team Care Coordinator at a large medical centre on Victoria’s Surf Coast Kim has implemented a framework that’s seen care planning revenue increase ten-fold.
Dr Joe Raphael
DrPh, FACLM, MBA, MA, LMFT, CHES, HAPM
Joe Raphael, DrPH, FACLM, MBA, MA, LMFT, CHES, HAPM, earned his BA and BS from St. Mary’s College, Moraga, his MA in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Loma Linda University, and a DrPH Preventive Care Specialty from Loma Linda University. He is a multi-state Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He is an American College of Lifestyle Medicine Fellow, a certified health education specialist, and a board-certified holistic alternative psychology master.
Dr. Joe is Chair of the Clinical Practice Management Committee, and participant in the Happiness Science and Positive Health, Executive, Reimbursement, and Lifestyle Medicine Provider Network committees. He has supported purposeful collaboration towards transforming healthcare aligning and engaging within the Society of Behavioral Medicine, American College of Healthcare Executives and the American College of Sports Medicine. He has been an internationally featured speaker, frequent publisher and featured in syndicated media. His research has been published in major media, medical journals and textbooks. He has held clinical, research, advisor, consultant, and executive roles in Start-Ups, Software as Service companies, Population Health, Behavioral Medicine, and medical clinics. He is an authority in transforming healthcare through operationalizing Lifestyle as Medicine.
Dr Michelle Reiss
MBChB, LMCC, CCFP, FRACGP, FASLM
Dr. Michelle Reiss is a General Practitioner, a Director of Mingara Medical and the founder of the Lifestyle Medicine Centre on the Central Coast of NSW which runs the “I Can Change Me” Lifestyle Medicine program.
She is a Certified Physician of the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine; holds Fellowship with the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine and with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners; and is GP advisor on the Healthy Weight and the Diabetes taskforce of the HNECC Primary Health Network and Hospital District.
She has a passion to shut the revolving door to lifestyle induced conditions and to make a difference by delivering a program that could change a person’s life, for good, forever. The Lifestyle Medicine Centre is working towards defining successful new models of primary care for chronic disease management and reversal. Their focus is patient-centred, value-based and uses an onsite inter-disciplinary team.
Prof Con Stough
Professor Con Stough is Professor of Cognitive Neurosciences at the Swinburne Centre for Human Psychopharmacology (CHP) at Swinburne University. The CHP is a leading research institute studying the effects of a wide range of nutraceuticals, functional foods and pharmaceuticals on cognitive, brain and mental health and currently houses its own 3T MRI and multi-channel MEG machines dedicated to nutrition studies. He has an extensive track record in research and consulting and has published more than 250 peer reviewed international papers in the area of cognition, biological psychology, psychiatry and psychopharmacology. He has also attracted more than 30 million dollars in research grants over the last 10 years from National and International government and Industry sources. In the nutrition area he has held grants with Nestle, GSK UK and India, Blackmores, Soho Flordis, Horphag and more than 30 other international companies. Professor Stough was on the advisory panel for the International Society for Intelligence Research and editorial board for the journal Intelligence and many other journals and was an invited member of the Neuroscience Panel of the World Economic Forum. He is also Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He is currently involved in one of the most comprehensive clinical interventions to improve cognitive function in the elderly using nutritional supplementation called the Australian Research Council Longevity Intervention (ARCLI) funded by the Australian government together with several international companies. This research is leading to a better understanding of the biological targets to improve cognition and well-being in the elderly as well as linkages between the microbiome at the species and family levels and a wide range of psychological, cognitive and well-being measures in healthy older participants. His current research interests are focused on understanding how to improve brain and cognitive function with evidenced based nutraceuticals and nutritional interventions, the efficacy of medicinal cannabis products and how to improve emotional intelligence in school children.
Dr Peter Tenni
Peter has been a pharmacist for over 40 years and has worked in teaching hospitals, Universities and Aged care institutions in Western Australia and Tasmania. Peter is the director of Consultant Pharmacy Services (CPS), a medication review company that conducts comprehensive reviews of medication use for people in their home and residential aged care setting. Peter, with PHN Tasmania and local geriatricians and specialists, has developed a range of guidelines for the appropriate “deprescribing” of commonly used medications. In this workshop, Peter will outline the factors to be considered in deprescribing of medications and assist the attendees to apply these principles to some case studies.