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Speakers and presenters

Speakers and presenters for Lifestyle Medicine 2020 will be announced soon. 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

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

Caroline West

Dr Caroline West


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

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

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

Darren Morton

Dr Darren Morton

BEd (Hons), MAppSc, PhD, FASLM

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

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

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

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

Joanna McMillan

Dr Joanna McMillan

BScNutr &Diet (Hons), PhD, FASLM

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

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

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

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

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