Speakers and presenters
Speakers and presenters for Lifestyle Medicine 2020 will be announced progressively. Please keep checking back for updates!
In the meantime, why not explore the inspiring speakers from Lifestyle Medicine 2019 here for a taste of what to expect.
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
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 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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
MHlthSci, MAPS, FASLM
Simon Matthews is the CEO of Wellcoaches® Australia, a Registered Psychologist, Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine, and Member of the Australian Psychological Society.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Louise is the President of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians. She practises at North Sydney Sports Medicine Centre and is a co-founder of myscoreit, a health tech start-up to measure patient reported outcome measures in musculoskeletal care. Her clinical interests include persistent pain, issues facing women athletes and utilising a holistic, biopsychosocial model of care.
Dr Cheryl Wilson
Dr Cheryl Wilson is a General Practitioner with a Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
She completed her Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada prior to graduating from Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario with the Award of Academic Excellence for her diploma in Sports Injury Management.
She completed her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at Flinders University, graduating with the Moore Stephens Prize, Staff Prize in Surgery and John Gladstone Sweeney Prize in Orthopaedics. She is an International Board of Lifestyle Medicine Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician.
Cheryl owns Living Well with Dr. Wilson, where she enjoys practicing ‘slow medicine’ focusing on her special interests in Lifestyle Medicine, Sports injuries and Musculoskeletal Medicine, while complementing goal coaching with hypnosis. She has a Foundation Certificate in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy and is a Professional member with The Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists.
Prior to her medical career, she was a Certified Athletic Therapist. She owned Wilson Therapy Services clinic. She was the Head Athletic Therapist at Mount Allison University working with eleven varsity teams as well as managing and practicing in the Sports Therapy Clinic. She was the first female in Canada to work as an Athletic Therapist with a professional Ice Hockey Team.
Prof Murat Yücel
Murat is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow. As well as being BrainPark’s Founding Director, Murat is Leader of the Addiction and Mental Health Program within the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health. His work combine’s neuroscience with lifestyle and technology-based immersive interventions (such as physical exercise, mindfulness meditation, yoga, virtual reality, and cognitive training) to drive the creation of a new generation of lifestyle and technology-based tools and strategies that enable engaging and effective monitoring and enhancement of mental wellbeing, particularly for people with compulsive behaviours; from unhealthy habits through to addictions and obsessive compulsive disorder. Yücel has recently been named in the 1% of the most Highly Cited (HiCi) researchers in the world by Thomson Reuters, for the fourth time (2015, 17-19).
Dr Colin Zhu
Dr. Colin Zhu is a primary care physician who is Board-Certified in family practice and Lifestyle Medicine. Passionate about the intersection of medicine, food, and nutrition, Dr. Zhu trained as a chef and a health coach at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health & Culinary Arts and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City following completion of his medical degree.
In medical practice known as locum tenens, Dr. Zhu has spent the last four years in a series of contract physician roles that include time in Nevada, where he worked with a Native American population at a tribal-run outpatient clinic, a Veterans Affairs system in Louisiana and a county medicine department in Santa Cruz, California that runs its own homeless shelter. A fourth position found him at a community health clinic in Seattle with a diverse refugee population. Currently, he works in Los Angeles.
His traveling work has been featured in publications such as The DO, MedPage Today, and Stat News. To share his unique blend of medical knowledge with a wider audience, Dr. Zhu launched TheChefDoc website, an online wellness and lifestyle education platform which has been featured in Jarry Magazine, OWaves, and Brit + Co. Colin is also the author of “Thrive Medicine: How To Cultivate Your Desires and Elevate Your Life.“ A book on enhancing emotional wellness. Also is the podcast host of Thrive Bites which he interviews health and wellness experts from all over the world and distills concise insights for your community.