An evening with Dr David Katz

Lifestyle, environment and chronic disease: a confluence of causes


6pm-9pm, Thursday 11 August, 2016

Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium,
University of Sydney


Co-hosted by the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine and the Charles Perkins Centre.

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“Lifestyle as medicine has the potential to prevent up to 80% of chronic disease; no other medicine can match that. In addition, it is potentially inexpensive and even cost-saving; free of all but good side effects; safe and appropriate for children and octogenarians alike. It is, quite simply, the best medicine we’ve got.”

David Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP
President, American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Founding Director, Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center

Join us for a memorable evening with Dr David Katz, Anja Taylor, Prof Stephen Simpson, Dr Joanna McMillan and Prof Garry Egger.

The ‘confluence of causes’ driving the chronic disease epidemic requires a ‘whole of systems’ approach, from primary prevention through to clinical practice, from federal down to local government policy, from community measures through to our own awareness as individuals for the health of our families.

Representing the intersection of public health and clinical practice, Lifestyle Medicine provides a multidisciplinary, multi-system approach to both prevention and chronic disease management.  Better still, Lifestyle Medicine promotes modification of the determinants of health and the causes of disease, whether systemic, environmental or behavioural.

Hear about the confluence of causes and the complexities of improving a nation’s health from Profs Stephen Simpson and Garry Egger.  Garry tackles ‘Is obesity really a problem? (or is it what causes obesity that is the problem), while Stephen explains how ‘Improving health is more than a medical challenge’.

ABC TV Catalyst presenter, Anja Taylor, speaks on ‘Getting the message across through science journalism’.  Dr Joanna McMillan makes it personal by busting 10 myths and misconceptions about diet and exercise, and Dr David Katz answers the question, ‘If lifestyle is the medicine, what is the spoon?’

It was an evening with gravitas and a touch of class to celebrate the growth of Lifestyle Medicine in Australasia and around the world.

Watch the videos here


Watch the videos here


davidkatz150x200Dr David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM

David Katz is the founding director (1998) of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, and current 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. Recognized globally for expertise in nutrition, weight management and the prevention of chronic disease, he 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.  More about David

Our MC for the evening is ABC TV’s Catalyst presenter, Anja Taylor. Anja also speaks on ‘Science journalism: getting the message across‘


Anja Taylor, Catalyst, ABC TV

Anja joined the Catalyst team in 2006 as a researcher and producer and became a reporter in 2011.

After graduating with a journalism degree Anja dedicated the next ten years to being an actor. Appearing in a variety of roles in TV and film, it was playing the part of a marine biologist in the US series Flipper which suddenly immersed her in the world of science. She was hooked. Anja enrolled in science at Macquarie University, gave up acting and landed a job as a researcher for the National Geographic series Next Wave. Since then she has swum with elephants in Thailand, unearthed fossils in Antarctica and chased everything from Great White Sharks, to ambulances, to onycophora.  More about Anja


Prof Stephen Simpson AC, FAA, FRS

Professor Stephen Simpson, AC is Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre, and a Professor in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney, and Executive Director of Obesity Australia.

Stephen Simpson, together with David Raubenheimer, developed an integrative modelling framework for nutrition (the Geometric Framework), which was devised and tested using insects. This has since been applied to a wide range of organisms, from slime moulds to humans, and problems, from aquaculture and conservation biology to the dietary causes of human obesity and ageing. He has also revolutionised understanding of swarming in locusts, with research spanning neurochemical events within the brains of individual locusts to continental-scale mass migration.  More about Stephen


Dr Joanna McMillan, BSc(hons), R.Nutr, APD, PhD

Dr Joanna is one of Australia’s favourite and most trusted health and wellbeing experts. She is a PhD qualified nutrition scientist and Accredited Practising Dietitian, and a former fitness instructor, giving her the sound credentials required to help us all make head or tail of the increasingly confusing nutrition and health messages in the media.

Joanna is a regular on television, radio and in print media, and is the founder of Get Lean, an online lifestyle change program. She is a proud ambassador for Diabetes Australia, The Skin and Cancer Foundation and FoodBank.  More about Joanna


Prof Garry Egger AM, MPH, PhD, 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.  More about Garry