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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 get early bird pricing – extended for a limited time.


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

MBBS, FASLM

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.


Invited speakers

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

Bruce Arroll

Prof Bruce Arroll

MBChB, PhD, FRNZCGP

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

MA MB BChir Dip Clin Ed PhD FRCP PFHEA

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

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

MBBS, BMedSci, PhD, FRACP

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.

Dr Wayne Cutfield

Dr Wayne Cutfield

BHB, MB, ChB, DCH, MD, FRACP

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.

Karen Day

Dr Karen Day

RN, RM, MA, PhD, FACHI

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.

Garry Egger

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.

A/Prof Margarete Ezinwa

A/Prof Margarete Ezinwa

MD, MPH

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

MBChB, FRNZCGP

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.

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.

Matire Harwood

Dr Matire Harwood

MBChB, PhD

Dr Matire Harwood is hauora Māori researcher and clinician. Matire sits on a number of boards and advisory committees including Waitemata DHB, the New Zealand Expert Advisory Group for Health Research and Performance Based Research Funding assessing panel for Health. In 2017 she was awarded the L’Oréal UNESCO New Zealand ‘For Women In Science Fellowship’ for her work in indigenous health.

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. 

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

CNZM, MBChB, PhD(Cape Town), MA DM(Oxf), HonPhD(N-W S Af), FFPHM, FRACP, FRSNZ

Jim Mann has been Professor in Human Nutrition and Medicine at the University of Otago and Consultant Physician (Endocrinology) in Dunedin Hospital for 25 years. In the preceding years he lectured at the University of Oxford and worked as a Consultant Physician in the Radcliffe Infirmary. 
 His research has principally been in the fields of lipids and carbohydrates as they relate to coronary heart disease and diabetes and in the field of obesity. He is also the Director of the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research (EDOR), the WHO Collaborating Centre for Human Nutrition and Principal Investigator for the Riddet Institute, a National Centre of Research Excellence at Massey University, Palmerston North. More.

Simon Matthews

Simon Matthews

MHlthSci, MAPS, FASLM

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.

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.

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

PhD

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.

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Dr Michelle Reiss

MBChB, LMCC, CCFP, FRACGP, FASLM

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”.

Julia Rucklidge

Prof Julia Rucklidge

PhD, CPsych, FNZPsS, MNZCCP

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

PhD, MHSc

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.

Boyd Swinburn

Prof Boyd Swinburn

MBChB, MD, FRACP, FNZCPHM

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 (www.informas.org) 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.

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.

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.

More speaker announcements are on their way…  Please check this page again soon!


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

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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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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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

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