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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! Darren and Joanna will also be speaking during the program.

carolinewest150x200Dr Caroline West, MBBS

Dr Caroline West specialises in Lifestyle Medicine and is well known for her appearances on Guide to the Good Life, Beyond Tomorrow, Good Medicine, Beyond 2000, 60 minutes and George Negus Tonight.

As a medical practitioner she has extensive clinical experience helping clients make healthy changes for life. Her philosophy is simple: a healthy lifestyle anchors wellness, boosts energy, longevity and peak performance.

She has been described as a “medico who brings solutions to the real health issues of real people”. As a leader in the field of healthy lifestyle and preventative medicine Dr West communicates the latest in medical advances not only to her clients but also to a broader audience through her work as a media doctor.

As Director of the healthy consultancy group Healthy Difference, Dr Caroline West also provides advice, coaching, seminars, strategic health planning and workshops and keynotes for corporate and community based groups. Dr West is also a lecturer with Southern Cross University in the school of Lifestyle Medicine and Health Promotion.

Darren_Morton150Dr Darren Morton, BEd (Hons), MAppSc, PhD

Darren Morton is a sought after speaker, having delivered hundreds of lifestyle-related presentations to corporate, education and community groups throughout Australia and internationally. He is a key developer of (and presenter in) the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP), which is a leading Lifestyle Medicine intervention now used in over 10 countries.

Darren has authored numerous academic and popular publications centred around optimising the effectiveness of Lifestyle Medicine interventions. He has written several books, published articles in leading medical and scientific journals and contributes regularly to popular magazines. His contributions to the Australian Health and Fitness industry earned him the Australian Fitness Network Author of the Year award.

Darren is a recipient of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council award for outstanding contributions to student learning in the University sector. Darren is a lead researcher and the Course Coordinator for Postgraduate Studies in Lifestyle Medicine within the Lifestyle Research Centre at Avondale College of Higher Education (NSW).

Dr Joanna McMillan, BSciNutr&Diet (Hons), PhD

Dr Joanna McMillan’s ever-growing following is the result of her high profile within the media, health and fitness industries.

Having completed a Bachelor Degree in Science with First Class Honours in Nutrition and Dietetics in Scotland, Joanna moved to Australia and won a scholarship to complete her PhD with The University of Sydney.

Today, Joanna is the founder of Get Lean and a regular on Australian television and radio. She has authored 6 books with the latest being Get Lean Stay Lean. She has a weekly column in Sunday Life and writes for several magazines and online blogs. She is also a proud ambassador for Diabetes Australia, The Skin & Cancer Foundation, FoodBank NSW/ACT & Muscular Dystrophy.

Special guests

Prof Tim Flannery

Professor Tim Flannery is one of Australia’s leading voices on climate change. An internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer, conservationist and inspiring community leader, Professor Flannery was named Australian of the Year in 2007.

A well known media personality, he has hosted numerous TV series, including The Future Eaters, Wild Australasia, Islands in the Sky and Bushfire, ABC’s Two in a Tinnie, and Foxtel’s Coast Australia. His books include the global best seller The Weather Makers.

Professor Flannery has held various academic positions including director of the South Australian Museum in Adelaide, Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Museum and Visiting Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.

Tim is a founding member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, a director of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, and has served on the International Board of WWF. He co-founded and was appointed Chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council in 2007, became Australia’s Chief Climate Commissioner in 2011, and founded the Australian Climate Council in 2013.

Tim Flannery is an inspiring and motivating leader, with a proven track record for engaging people around critical issues, and creating community groups that can effectively respond.


Dr David Katz is the immediate past President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He is a two-time diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a board-certified specialist in Preventive Medicine/Public Health. He has received two Honorary Doctorates.

Dr Katz has published roughly 200 scientific articles and textbook chapters, and 15 books to date, including multiple editions of leading textbooks in both Preventive Medicine, and nutrition. He is recognised globally for his expertise in nutrition, weight management and the prevention of chronic disease, and has a social media following of well over half a million.

In 2015, Dr. Katz established the True Health Initiative to help convert what we know about lifestyle as medicine into what we do about it, in the service of adding years to lives and life to years around the globe. He was the founding director of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center.

Robyn Williams AM

Robyn Williams AM is a Science journalist and broadcaster. Robyn Williams presents RN’s The Science Show and Ockham’s Razor. He has conducted countless interviews with scientists on ABC TV on programs such as Quantum and Catalyst, narrated the Nature of Australia series and appeared in World Safari with David Attenborough.

Outside the ABC, Robyn has served in various capacities, including president of the Australian Museum Trust, chairman of the Commission for the Future, and president of the Australian Science Communicators. In 1987, he was proclaimed a National Living Treasure.

Mandy Nolan

Mandy Nolan is a true renaissance woman. Comedian, Author, Journalist, Humour Therapist & Comedy Coach: Nolan is as at home on the stage as she is on the page. Able to captivate audiences from a diverse socio economic, age and gender demographic: from the rough and tumble of a late night comedy clubs across the country to the considered and measured corporate performances for VIEW Club, or Sydney’s Parliament House or Olivia Newton John’s Invitation Only Private Party.

Mandy will be our special guest at the Gala Conference Dinner on Saturday night, and has promised an encore performance on Sunday afternoon.

Invited speakers

Dr Sujata Allan, MBBS, DCH

Dr Sujata Allan is a GP registrar and is on the national management committee of Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA). She has spoken at community events and conferences around NSW and interstate about the impact of air pollution, fossil fuels and climate change on health, and has organized several educational events for health professionals on climate change and health. She completed the Australian Community Organising Fellowship in 2016. Doctors for the Environment Australia is a non profit organization of doctors and medical students, dedicated to raising awareness of the health impacts of environmental degradation and climate change, and advocating to promote public health.

Rachel Arthur, BHSc, BNat (Hons)

Rachel Arthur is a respected and widely published Australian naturopath specialising in integrative nutrition. With over 20 years’ experience in both the clinic and the classroom, Rachel has become one of Australia’s leading nutritional educators & mentors, delivering post-graduate training & mentoring to naturopaths, allied health care professionals and doctors alike. Regularly asked to speak at key conferences & contribute work to authoritative texts, while still maintaining a busy private practice, Rachel’s ongoing enthusiasm for the field and for education make her presentations both inspiring and empowering experiences for all attendees.

David Beard, BPE, GDipBus, MSc

David Beard is an Exercise Physiologist. David is able to help clients make sustainable lifestyle changes that lead to improved health and performance, using technologies once only available at universities and hospitals. David specialises in metabolic health, weight management and chronic diseases (such as diabetes, fatty liver, metabolic syndrome and energy-related disorders).

David was the first Exercise Physiologist in WA employed in the Aged Care industry where he helped numerous seniors to improve their health and wellbeing. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and spent two years at the University of Arizona completing his Masters Degree. He also has post-graduate qualifications from the University of Western Australia and Edith Cowan University.

David is the WA Chair of Exercise and Sports Science Australia. He is on the External Advisory Committees for the School of Health Sciences at Notre Dame University and the Exercise Science and Rehabilitation program at Curtin University.

A/Prof Renee Bittoun

Renee Bittoun has over 30 years experience within the smoking cessation field. Renee has been invited to be a keynote speaker at many international conferences and also to conduct ‘Master-classes’ in Smoking Cessation around the world. She was awarded the prestigious Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand President’s Award in 2009 for her contribution to tobacco control.

Renee is the author of numerous books on smoking and quitting both for the public and for practitioners, and has published many research articles on tobacco dependence and cessation. She has conducted clinical trials of many treatments for tobacco dependence, including both pharmacotherapies and behavioural interventions.

Renee’s initiatives include starting one of the world’s first Smokers’ Clinics at St. Vincent’s Hospital (Sydney), founding the Journal of Smoking Cessation (where she is the Editor-in-Chief) and establishing the first Australian University course on Nicotine Addiction and Smoking Cessation at the University of Sydney (which she continues to teach). She is Director of the Smokers’ Clinics in the SW Sydney Area Health Service, President of the Australian Association of Smoking Cessation Professionals, Head of the Smoking Research Program at the Brain and Mind Centre (University of Sydney) and an inaugural member of the international Society for Research in Nicotine and Tobacco.

A/Prof Colin Butler, BMedSci (Hons), BMed, DTM&H, Dip Epi, MSc (Epi), PhD

Adjunct Professor Colin Butler has honorary positions at the Australian National University and the University of Canberra. He worked as a GP in Tasmania full time from 1988-96 before focussing mostly on academic public health. In 2009 the French Environmental Health Association named him as one of “a hundred doctors for the planet”. In 2014 he became the first contributor to the health section of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report to be arrested for civil disobedience, protesting the Maules Creek coal mine. He is editor of the book “Climate Change and Global Health” and senior editor of “Health of People, Places and Planet: Reflections Based on Tony McMichael’s Four Decades of Contribution to Epidemiological Understanding”. He has published over 200 articles, chapters and letters in scholarly journals, since 1991, the first of which was a letter to the Medical Journal of Australia about ecological loss, climate change and the risk to our species. In 2001 he helped to found Doctors for the Environment, Australia.

In 1989 Colin co-founded the NGOs BODHI and BODHI Australia. These NGOs today with partners in India and Bangladesh to promote health and development. A website with some of his publications is here.

Prof David Cameron-Smith

Professor David Cameron-Smith is the Chair in Nutrition, Liggins Institute and University of Auckland. David is a biochemist specialising in the analysis of how adipose tissue and skeletal muscles respond to diet and exercise. His work spans from the molecular mechanisms through to the clinical consequences of alterations in lipid and protein metabolism from athletes to the aged.

David obtained his PhD in nutritional biochemistry from Deakin University, Australia. He undertook postdoctoral training at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, investigating endocrine disturbances and lipid metabolism in obesity. Returning to Deakin University, he established a clinical research programme focusing on the dynamic gene and signalling responses to nutrition and exercise.

Mary Cavanagh

Mary Cavanagh has a passion for health and well-being and supporting people to make positive lifestyle changes in their lives. Mary and Susan Miller share the project management and delivery of group behaviour change training for New Zealand’s Healthy Start Workforce project. This project delivers workforce development programs to New Zealand and Australian health practitioners (mainly those who work with pregnant women, parents and families with young children). Mary and Susan have managed and delivered projects for various health, community and corporate groups. Mary has a masters in psychology.

Dr Terence Chong, MBA, MBBS, CertOldAgePsych, MPsychiatry, FRANZCP

Dr Terence Chong is a Research Fellow at the Academic Unit of Psychiatry of Old Age, Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne. This unit is part of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Cognitive Health. He is also a consultant psychiatrist at Epworth Healthcare and St Vincent’s Health.

He has an interest in dementia risk reduction and optimising cognitive health, particularly through lifestyle interventions such as physical activity. In 2016, he co-authored an editorial in the Medical Journal of Australia about therapeutic advances and risk factor management in dementia and is keen to raise public awareness in this area.

Prof Marc Cohen, MBBS(Hons), PhD(TCM), PhD(Elec Eng), BMedSci(Hons)

Professor Cohen is a registered medical practitioner with degrees in western medicine, physiology, psychological medicine and biomedical engineering. He is currently Chair of the Australasian Spa and Wellness Association, a Board Member and Past-President (from 2000-2007) of the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA), a member of the RACGP-AIMA Joint Working party on Integrative Medicine and a Board Member of the Global Wellness Summit as well as sitting on the Editorial Board of a number of international journals.

Prof Cohen is extremely active in organising conferences on holistic and integrative medicine. He is also a sought after conference presenter and has been an invited speaker at more than 40 international and 60 national conferences in more than a dozen countries. He is a regular media contributor. This includes articles in major Australian newspapers, appearances on ABC Radio National and many regional stations Australia-wide, and television appearances on ABC, SBS, Channel 7 and Channel 9 news, current affairs and lifestyle programs.

Fiona Cosgrove, MScExSci, MScCouns

Heading up one of Australia’s leading Health and Wellness Coach Training organisations, Wellness Coaching Australia, Fiona Cosgrove is a leader in the emerging field of coaching for positive lifestyle behaviour change. Combining theories from Coaching Psychology, Behaviour Change and Positive Psychology, Wellness Coaching helps individuals overcome resistance to change using a supportive, and not prescriptive, coaching model approach.

Fiona brings over 25 years of experience in the health, fitness and wellness industries, bringing a vast depth of experience ranging from health club owner, university lecturer, keynote speaker, wellness coach trainer, counsellor, author and National General Manager of The Golden Door group of health retreats and spas.

She holds Masters Degrees in Exercise Science and in Counselling and is a certified and licensed Wellness Coach. Fiona is passionate about helping individuals and organisations be the best they can be by using coaching to empower people to take responsibility for their own change process. She has trained over 2000 health professionals in coaching skills and is currently heading up a Consortium to move towards credentialing of this new and important field.

Dr Samantha Coulson, PhD, GCResComm, BHlthSc, AdvDipNut, AdvDipHerbMed

Samantha Coulson has been researching and educating practitioners about the human microbiome and end-organ function in states of health and disease for the last 8 years and has been in the field of integrative medicine for 12 years. Samantha received her PhD from the University of Queensland, School of Medicine investigating the role of the gastrointestinal microbiota in the pathophysiology and symptomology of osteoarthritis with a focus on the ‘prebiotic’ type effect of green-lipped mussel and glucosamine. This has led to her interest in exploring the more accurate mechanisms of action for nutraceutical ingredients by incorporating the metabolic potential of the gastrointestinal microbiome and resultant metabolites that may explain the true therapeutic effects observed. She has extensive experience in product research & development, clinical research, postgraduate student supervision, regulatory affairs and manufacturing with numerous publications and conference presentations in the field of the microbiome.

Prof Robin Daly, PhD, FSMA

Professor Robin Daly holds the position of Chair in Exercise and Ageing within the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Deakin University in Melbourne. Robin is recognised as a world leader in the area of exercise and nutrition to prevent and manage diseases such as osteoporosis, sarcopenia, falls and fractures. His research also focuses on health issues related to vitamin D and dietary protein, chronic inflammation and the management of type 2 diabetes, certain cancers and cognitive related disorders. He has designed and completed many human clinical intervention trials, and his work has contributed to national and international exercise and nutrition consensus guidelines and the implementation of ‘real-world’ evidence-based exercise programs for older adults and those with chronic diseases.

Dr Tim Denton, MBBS

Tim Denton was born in Melbourne in 1953, relocating to Geelong in 1979 after graduating in Medicine from Monash University. At Geelong Hospital he completed 3 years of residency before travelling through northern India, after which he worked for a year with the Pitjantjatjarra and Ngatatjarra people in Central Australia, learning the value of primary health teams in a remote setting.

Returning to Geelong in 1983 he established his own general practice in North Geelong where Tim worked until in 1998 when he and his family relocated to Maningrida in Central Arnhem Land for 2 ½ years. Tim qualified as a GP radiologist and set up a radiology service in Maningrida. From 2002 Tim has work at Surfcoast Medical Centre’s Anglesea Practice.

He has chaired the boards of GP Association of Geelong (2008-2009); Kardinia Health Board (2009-2016); Barwon Medicare Local (2011-2015) & West Victoria Primary Health Network (2015). Tim also worked for 5 years as a GP at Headspace Geelong, from 2009. Tim is a fellow of the Australian Medical Acupuncture College, graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is shortly to commence as medical director at Kardinia Health, the Geelong Superclinic.

Prof Rob Donovan, BPsych (Hons), PhD

Rob Donovan is Senior Principal Research Fellow in the School of Sport Science Exercise & Health at the University of WA. He is the Founder and Principal of Mentally Healthy WA’s Act-Belong-Commit campaign.

A registered psychologist, he has held academic positions in marketing in several US universities and been a Visiting Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.

He has had extensive commercial marketing and advertising research experience for a variety of state and national clients, and began his marketing career in the marketing department of a major brewery. In 1974 he founded Donovan Research, which was absorbed first by NFO WorldWide and is now part of TNS Research.

He has an international reputation in social marketing and health promotion with around 235 (co-authored) books, book chapters and refereed journal articles, and a similar number of technical reports. He has a broad range of research and program experience in the health and social policy areas, including alcohol, tobacco and drugs, road safety, sun protection, the built environment and physical activity, child abuse, domestic violence, racism, doping in sport, suicide prevention and mental health. He has provided expert witness testimony on the marketing practices of the tobacco, asbestos and pharmaceutical industries, and has served on many state and national committees on a variety of topics.

He was recently Deputy Chair of the WA Ministerial Council on Suicide Prevention, Vice-president of the Board of Relationships Australia WA, and a member of the Mates in Construction WA Board. He was a Foundation member representing the Australian Government on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Education Committee (2000 – 2012) and continues to Chair the Agency’s Social Science Research Sub-Committee.

garry150Prof Garry Egger AM, PhD, MPH, MAPS

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 Mary Emeleus, MBBS, BSc(Med), FRACGP, MMH, FASPM

Mary completed Medicine at UNSW, and completed her internship in the Illawarra, NSW. She gained her Fellowship in General Practice in 2001 and completed a Masters’ Degree in Mental Health (Psychotherapy) in 2004, having always had a particular interest in mental health and counselling. She worked at headspace Townsville for four years from its inception and continues to work at headspace Cairns where she sees young people aged 12-25 for holistic health care with a focus on mental health. She also works in a private general practice and has been involved in Medical Education in various capacities since 2005.

Having previously worked in the School of Medicine at JCU, Mary returned in 2016 as a part time Medical Educator for Generalist Medical Training (who train General Practitioners), and it is in this capacity that she is involved at MICRRH. She is also involved in a number of national mental health organisations and enjoys teaching counselling skills to medical students and doctors.

Danielle Fairbrother, BHSc (Nat)

Danielle Fairbrother is the Head of Clinical Education and Services at Metagenics, Health World Ltd, where she oversees the delivery of technical education, seminars and clinical support to natural healthcare practitioners, doctors and pharmacists throughout Australia and New Zealand. Having worked in the natural medicine industry for over 15 years, Danielle has developed a strong passion for sharing the science on nutritional herbal and lifestyle interventions known to optimise clinical outcomes and improve patient’s quality of life.

Dr Steve Fraser, PhD, AEP, ESSAM

Dr Steve Fraser is Discipline Leader: Clinical Exercise in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University, and is also the Director of Deakin’s Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology. He is passionate about exercise for the prevention and management of common chronic diseases, with a particular focus on cancer, as well as chronic kidney disease, diabetes, and obesity. He has considerable experience in the development and implementation of clinical exercise intervention trials, with a focus on integrating AEPs in clinical settings to improve health outcomes in individuals with chronic disease. Dr Fraser has published >40 manuscripts in relation to clinical exercise. He is currently Vice President of the Council for Heads of Exercise Sport and Movement Science as well as a member of the Exercise and Sport Science Australia Accreditation Council.

Prof Felice Jacka, BA, PGDipMedSci, PhD

Professor Felice Jacka is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow at Deakin University where she is director of the new Food and Mood Centre. She is founder and president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR) and 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.

Dr Nirala Jacobi, BHSc, ND (USA)

Dr. Nirala Jacobi, BHSc, ND (USA) graduated from Bastyr University in 1998 with a doctorate in naturopathic medicine. She practised as a primary care physician in Montana for 7 years before arriving in Australia.

Nirala is considered one of Australia’s leading expert in the treatment of small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), a common cause of IBS. In 2016, she presented her Bi-phasic Diet Protocol at the SIBO Symposium in Portland, Oregon. In 2017 she presented at the Integrative SIBO conference in Chicago. She was also the main organizer of the first Australian SIBO Summit held in Melbourne and Sydney in October 2016.

Nirala is the medical director for SIBOtest, an online testing and educational service for practitioners. She is passionate about educating practitioners and lectures nationally and internationally about the assessment and treatment of SIBO.

When she is not actively researching or lecturing, Dr Jacobi can be found in her busy practice in the Northern Rivers.

Dr Jason Kaplan, BSc(Med), MBBS(Hons), FRACP, FCSANZ

Dr Jason Kaplan is a specialist adult cardiologist and physician. Dr Kaplan studied Medicine at UNSW and graduated with Honours in 1999 then completed his Internal Medicine Training at St George and Prince of Wales hospitals and Adult Cardiology training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Prior to training in cardiology, Dr Kaplan completed additional advanced training in medical oncology and pharmacology. His training in these areas allows Dr Kaplan to adopt a more holistic approach to patient care, particularly those with multiple medical issues.

Dr Kaplan has completed additional training in cardiac imaging in Australia and has spent time at the MAYO clinic in Minnesota, USA. He performs transoesophageal echocardiography, pharmacological stress (dobutamine) echocardiography and has brought the use of contrast echo and strain imaging to Macquarie University Hospital.

He is an accredited specialist in Cardiac CT and personally evaluates all his patients’ scans.

Dr Kaplan has been a part of the team bringing minimally invasive robotic cardiac surgery to Macquarie University providing 3D echocardiography services to peri-operative patients and is part of the Structural Heart Disease team at Macquarie University assessing patients prior to minimally invasive cardiac procedures.

Dr Helen Macpherson

Dr Helen Macpherson is a 2016 NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow at the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN), Deakin University. Her research focuses on healthy cognitive ageing, ways to enhance cognition in older people and dementia prevention. Dr Macpherson has conducted numerous randomised controlled trials to investigate the cognitive effects of nutritional interventions including multivitamins, glucose, cocoa, and whole diet change. Her research investigates mechanisms of action including cardiovascular changes and direct effects on brain function using a range of neuroimaging modalities including EEG and MRI.  Dr Macpherson is currently researching the effects of dietary supplementation combined with physical activity on brain health and cognitive function in older people with Type 2 Diabetes.

Paul Martin OAM, BSc (Hons), DipClinPsych, DPhil, Hon FAPS

Paul R. Martin is a Professor in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University. He is a clinical and health psychologist who completed his training at the Universities of Bristol and Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and a Fellow of the International Association of Applied Psychology. He has held a number of professional leadership positions including National President of the Australian Behaviour Modification Association, and Director of Science and then President of the APS. He was President of the 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology held in Melbourne in 2010.

His main research interest has been headache and migraine, with subsidiary interests in stress, depression (including postnatal depression), and social support. He has authored/edited eight books and 153 journal articles and chapters. His research program has received extensive funding including 12 Project Grants from NHMRC (he is the primary investigator on eight of these grants), and grants from beyondblue and the Austrian Science Fund. In 2003 he received a Centenary Medal “For service to Australian society and medicine”, and in 2015 he received a Medal of the Order of Australia “For service to medicine in the field of psychology”.

Prof Robyn McDermott MBBS, PhD, MPH, FAFPHM

Robyn McDermott is Professor of Public Health Medicine at the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention James Cook University, Senior Clinical Research Fellow (Queensland),  NHMRC Practitioner Fellow and Professor of Public Health in the School of Population Health (UniSA) and the Sansom Institute for Health Research (South Australia).

Her research includes the prevention and management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, especially in indigenous people in Australia, and the social, nutritional and evolutionary determinants of health and disease.

Tabitha McIntosh, DipNutr, AdvDipNaturop, BMedSc, PGDipNutrEnvMed

Tabitha McIntosh is an experienced and respected Naturopath, clinical Nutritionist and educator. After attaining her Bachelor of Medical Science (UNSW 2001), she went on to pursue her passion for Integrative healthcare by completing an Advanced Diploma Naturopathy & Diploma Nutrition (2005), and Postgraduate Diploma in Nutritional & Environmental Medicine (Swinburne, 2006).

Tabitha has run her own private clinical practice in Woollahra, Sydney for over a decade. A focus of her practice is working with women, couples, families and infants, educating around the hidden dangers of environmental chemicals. Tabitha is proud to have published her first book, co-authored with Dr Sarah Lantz, on nutritional and environmental health solutions, called One Bite at a Time: Reduce Toxic Exposure and Eat the World you Want. The book outlines practical strategies, effective solutions for protecting the next generation, and concrete steps that can be taken each day to both reduce chemical exposures, and to live happier, heartier lives.

Susan Miller

Susan Miller has a passion for health and well-being and supporting people to make positive lifestyle changes in their lives. Susan and Mary Cavanagh share the project management and delivery of group behaviour change training for New Zealand’s Healthy Start Workforce project. This project delivers workforce development programs to New Zealand and Australian health practitioners (mainly those who work with pregnant women, parents and families with young children). Susan and Mary have managed and delivered projects for various health, community and corporate groups. Susan has a law degree.

Michael Moore AM, PGDipEd, MPopHealth

Michael Moore AM is the CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia and is the President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations. He is the chair of a number of health networks. Michael is a former Minister of Health and Community Care and was an Independent member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly for four terms from 1989 to 2001. He was Australia’s first independent Minister when he was appointed as Minister of Health and Community Care. In 2017 he was honoured by being made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

Michael is a former teacher, small business owner and consultant who holds a post-graduate diploma in education, a master’s degree in population health from the ANU, is a Visiting Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, and an adjunct professor with the University of Canberra where he is a PhD Scholar examining a framework for planning or evaluating health advocacy. He is widely published. He is also a political and social columnist who has served on a range of academic and community Boards.

Dr Monica Moore, MBBS

Dr Monica Moore graduated in 1983 and undertook initial training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Motivational Interviewing in 1996. As well as further training in CBT and ACT, Dr Monica Moore has completed the Advanced Certificate of IPT, Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis, Certificate of EFT, and EMDR.

Dr Moore has coordinated the Sutherland MHPN since its inception in 2009, and is a founding member of the Australian Society for Psychological Medicine. She has been involved in training GPs and allied health clinicians since 2002, with RACGP, PDP Seminars, GP Synergy, CESPHN, Australian Society of Hypnosis, Black Dog Institute, GPCE, NSW Institute of Psychiatry, Rural Doctors Association, Sphere, and the Sutherland Division of General Practice.

Danielle Pere, MPM

Danielle Pere is the Associate Executive Director at the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and has over the 15 years of health care policy experience relating to Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care, and the Affordable Care Act. At ACPM she is responsible for providing oversight, management, and program development for federal grants, leads ACPM’s strategic initiatives around Lifestyle Medicine and health systems transformation, and develops and advances ACPM’s strategic business lines relating to certification. Prior to her current role, Ms. Pere was the Director of Field Mobilization for the Alliance for Retired Americans, AFL-CIO. In that role, she developed and managed the organizations legislative and political campaigns related to health care and retirement security.

Ms Pere holds a BA in Biology and Political Science from Whittier College, a Certificate in Project Management & Development from the University of Delaware, a Certificate in Program Design and Assessment form the University of Pennsylvania and Masters Degree in Public Policy Management from Georgetown University.

kim-poyner-200Kim Poyner, 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.

A/Prof Geraint Rogers, BSci, PhD

Dr Geraint Rogers is a molecular microbiologist and microbial ecologist. Geraint studied molecular microbiology at the University of Edinburgh, before completing a PhD at King’s College London developing culture independent molecular strategies to analysing chronic lung infections associated with cystic fibrosis. Geraint went on to work at King’s College London for nine years as a Senior Research Fellow, before moving to Brisbane in 2013 to take up as research position at the Mater Research Institute, University of Queensland.

Over this time, Geraint has established an extensive and unique research program focused on polymicrobial infection, with a particular focus on chronic bacterial infections of the lower respiratory tract. In addition, Geraint has active research projects focusing on various gastrointestinal conditions, upper respiratory infections, and liver dysfunction. The projects that he leads span from the basic science of microbe-microbe and microbe-host interaction, to randomised controlled trials of pharmacological and non-pharmacological disease interventions. The ultimate aim of his research programme is to improve our ability to understand and treat bacterial infection and dysbiosis.

Dr Oscar Spalter

Oscar Spalter is a Physician Cardiologist. Oscar has from the very beginning focused on preventive medicine as the most important aspect not only in cardiology but also in medicine. He sees the patient in a holistic way by trying to understand what has led the person to have such illness.

Oscar has been successful due to his optimism and perseverance. He has managed to develop a close and friendly relationship with his patients in which his empathy encourages them to follow his suggestions. Oscar believes he should not just give orders to his patients but also accompany them throughout the process. For example, when he prescribes physical activity, which is the basis for a change in lifestyle, not only does he tell them what to do but he also goes with them to do it. The success he has achieved with each of his patients is what motivates Oscar to continue with this approach.

Assoc Prof Peta Stapleton, BA, PGDip, PhD

Associate Professor Peta Stapleton is a registered Clinical and Health Psychologist. Peta is a world leader and researcher in Emotional Freedom Techniques (‘psychological acupuncture’). She was awarded the greatest contribution to the field of Energy Psychology by the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology in 2016.

Peta has numerous other awards including the American Harvey Baker Research Award for meticulous research by the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology in 2014. Peta received the Global Weight Management Congress Industry Professional Award of Excellence in 2015, and was also named the Gold Coast Woman in Business in the same year.

Peta is Program Director of the Masters of Clinical Psychology program at Bond University (Queensland).

John150A/Prof John Stevens, BA, RN, PhD, FACN

John Stevens is a health scientist and Associate Professor (Adj.) with Southern Cross University’s School of Health and Human Sciences in Australia. He is also the Director of a number of companies engaged in the Health Education and Research.

In the past John has been Head of the School of Nursing and Health Practices (SCU), the Director of Post Graduate studies (which included convening and teaching the first ever Master’s Award in Lifestyle Medicine – and which he continues to teach) and Director of Professional Development and Enterprise.

He has over 60 peer reviewed publications including books on dementia and obesity management. In 2008 John co-founded the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine and remains an executive member of the Board.

A/Prof David Sullivan, MBBS, FRACP, FRCPA, FCSANZ

Dr David Sullivan is a physician and chemical pathologist in the Department of Clinical Biochemistry at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. This includes conjoint appointment as Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney Central Clinical School.

David has a long-term interest in lipid metabolism with particular emphasis on the environmental component (especially dietary) of gene – environment interactions contributing to cardiovascular disease. He has been involved in the early use of many forms of lipid-lowering intervention and has a particular interest in interventions arising from nutritional principles, such as the cholesterol-lowering effect of plant sterols. His other main interest is the improvement of detection and management of severe inherited dyslipidaemia, such as that seen in Familial Hypercholesterolaemia.

David has experience in several international clinical posts, including registrarship at the MRC Lipoprotein Unit, Royal Postgraduate School of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital, London and co-ordination of international clinical studies from the World Health Organization reference lipid laboratory in Wageningen, Netherlands.

Paul Taylor, GradCert(Neuroscience of Leadership), MScExSc, MScHumNutr

A former British Royal Navy Aircrew Officer, Paul is an Exercise Physiologist, Nutritionist, Neuroscientist and Affiliate Faculty at The University of San Francisco. He is the Director of The Body-Brain Performance Institute, where he delivers Executive Performance, Resilience and Leadership workshops to large companies such as Medibank, NAB, Johnson & Johnson, Oracle, SAP and Woolworths. He is also the founder and former owner of The Personal Training Academy and his BioAge software is used by many health clubs, including a global roll-out with Fitness First.

In 2010 Paul created and co-hosted the Channel ONE HD TV series Body and Brain Overhaul, and has appeared regularly on The Biggest Loser TV series as a consultant. In 2010 and 2015, he was voted Australian Fitness Industry presenter of the year. His latest venture is Ritualize, a wellbeing website and program that is currently being rolled out to a number of Corporations following a successful clinical trial.

In addition to an extensive background in health and fitness, Paul has a proven track record in leadership, management and dealing in high-pressure situations, through his former roles as an Airborne Anti-submarine Warfare Officer and a Helicopter Search-And-Rescue Crew Member with the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, and has undergone rigorous Combat Survival and Resistance-to-Interrogation Training. In 2012, he practiced what he preaches about resilience training and became a professional boxer, and he is currently undertaking a PhD in Medical studies with the University of Tasmania.

Dr Wei-Peng Teo

Dr Teo is Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University. He is an early-career researcher with a research focus on developing novel rehabilitation strategies to optimising neuromuscular function and brain health. Dr Teo graduated with a PhD in 2013 from the University of Western Australia under the supervision of Professors Gary Thickbroom and Frank Mastaglia. Currently, Dr Teo’s research focus includes the use of non-invasive brain stimulation, exercise and virtual reality therapy to improve motor and cognitive function in people with neurological disorders (i.e. Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease) and stroke.

Dr Marlene Tham, MBBS, FRACGP

Dr Marlene Tham is a weight loss clinician and obesity researcher. She runs Melbourne Weight Loss providing a medical weight loss service and co-ordinates multi-disciplinary weight management programs for people with mental illness and those with significant co-morbidities.

She has recently launched Medical & Mind Weight Loss – an online CBT Weight Loss program for those who live remotely or want to address their weight online.

Dr Tham’s academic work includes investigating the impact of psychotropic weight gain and evaluating Primary Care weight management at the University of Melbourne where she is a Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry.

Dr Michelle Thunders, BSc (Hons), PhD

Michelle Thunders is a Senior Lecturer (Health and Life sciences). She is a Human Geneticist, with a broad range of teaching and research experience within the human health and molecular biology domain. Genetics, molecular systems and epigenetics are just a few of many important factors crucial to understanding and enhancing human health and her research focus is in enabling precision health advice and treatment based on genomic data, an approach to health and disease that understands, and is informed by, a multitude of interdisciplinary determinants. Her main focus lies with trying to identify lifestyle responsive therapeutic targets as well as using genomic data as early warning indicators in health risk assessment. Outside of work she enjoys yoga, soccer, cooking and keeping up with her children.

Prof Anna Timperio

Anna Timperio is Alfred Deakin Professor and NHF Future Leader Fellow in the School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University. Dr Timperio’s research is focused on understanding the range of influences on physical activity, eating behaviours and weight status, particularly among children and adolescents, and over critical life transition periods (e.g., childhood to adolescence, adolescence to young adulthood). She is involved in several longitudinal studies that examine individual, social and environmental influences on behaviour. A major focus of her recent work has been understanding and measuring neighbourhood food and physical activity environments. Dr Timperios other research interests include: physical activity measurement; the behavioural epidemiology of weight control; and evaluation of health promotion and public health interventions.


Professor Tim Usherwood’s research is concerned primarily with the development and evaluation of strategies to improve health outcomes in chronic disease (with a particular focus on vascular disease) and on access to care by marginalised communities.

Tim is Professor of General Practice at the University of Sydney; Honorary Professorial Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health; Deputy Head, Sydney Medical School Westmead; and Deputy Chair of Western Sydney PHN. He is Chair of the General Practice and Primary Care Clinical Committee of the MBS Review.

John Van Der Kallen, MBBS, BSci(Med), FRACP

John Van Der Kallen is a Rheumatologist in Newcastle. John graduated from the University of NSW and spent time training in many rural areas of NSW. He completed his Physicians training in the Hunter and completed his rheumatology training in Leiden in the Netherlands. He subsequently set up the Fracture Liaison Service in the Hunter New England Area Health Service. He now works as a Rheumatologist in private practice in Georgetown. John is the chair of NSW Doctors for the Environment which is focused on the health impacts of climate change as well as other environmental influences on our health.

Robert-Verkerk-200Dr Robert Verkerk, BSc, MSc, DIC, PhD, FACN

Robert Verkerk PhD is an internationally acclaimed scientist with over 30 years experience in sustainability, specifically in the fields of agriculture, food production and healthcare. He has Masters and Doctorate degrees from Imperial College London, where he continued his research for a further 7 years as a postdoctoral research fellow.

In 2002, he founded the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl), an independent non-profit organisation established in 2002 that promotes natural, sustainable and bio-compatible approaches to healthcare – using ‘good science’ and ‘good law’. Its four core activities are education and awareness-raising, research, legal and advocacy. ANH-Intl’s mission of ‘love nature, live naturally’ covers a wide range of issues related to natural health.

Prof Luis Vitetta, BSc(Hons), PhD, GradDip IntegrMed, GradDip NutrEnv

Luis Vitetta is Director of Medical Research at Medlab Clinical and Professor with University of Sydney, Sydney Medical School. Between the years 2007 – 2013 Luis Vitetta was the Director and Professor of the Centre for Integrative Clinical and Molecular Medicine at the University of Queensland, School of Medicine. Luis has an interest in nutrition, probiotics and immune function, as well as Mind Body Medicine.