Board & Management

ASLM is managed by a volunteer board of doctors, allied health practitioners and public health professionals, dedicated to making a difference to the health and wellbeing of Australians and New Zealanders, and to improving our health system to better prevent, manage and treat the ‘lifestyle’-related conditions responsible for at least 70% of the burden on our society, communities and families.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, MBChB, DRANZCOG, FRACGP (President)

Hamish is a co-founding owner of the Ochre Health Group, and is the Director of Medical Services. Hamish is a NZ medical graduate with experience in General Practice, Emergency Medicine and Obstetrics. Hamish worked in Bourke NSW for 5 years as a GP Obstetrician and since 2006 has been based in Sydney as the Director of Medical Services. Hamish is an examiner for the RACGP Fellowship exam. Hamish is involved with clinical governance, GP research, quality improvement, and clinical support for doctors in the Ochre Health Group.

Prof Garry Egger AM, MPH, PhD, MAPS (Vice President)

Prof Garry Egger is known around the world as one of the pioneers of Lifestyle Medicine. He is a Professor of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University and an Advisor to the World Health Organisation and several Government and corporate bodies in chronic disease prevention. He has qualifications in behavioural biology and epidemiology. He has worked in public, corporate and clinical health for over 4 decades. He is the author of 30 books (including five texts) over 160 peer-reviewed scientific and research articles and numerous popular media articles on health and fitness. In the 1990s Dr Egger initiated the GutBusters, men’s waist loss program, the first of its kind in the world. He started training programs for Fitness Leaders in Australia in 1982, was one of the initiators of the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association (ALMA) in 2008 and runs training programs in Lifestyle Medicine for doctors and allied health professionals around Australia and the Pacific. He recently received an Australia Medal for his services to medical education and health promotion. His recent interests and publications concern the link between obesity, climate change and economic growth.

A/Prof John Stevens, RN, BA, PhD (Treasurer)

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.

Tanja McLeish (Secretary)

Tanja has been in the general practice network for more than two decades including roles nationally with the former Australian General Practice Network as the Principal Advisor Chronic Disease as well as roles within the state-based organisation of General Practice NSW, and the formerly known North West Slopes Division of General Practice and Central West Division of General Practice. Tanja was previously employed as CEO of the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association and remains as Secretary on the Board of ASLM. Tanja has returned to the Primary Health Network with a passion for lifestyle medicine, prevention and management of chronic disease, research, change management, quality improvement strategies and best practice business systems to improve patient health outcomes as well as clinician wellbeing. With a thirst for knowledge Tanja has qualifications in psychology, exercise science, health coaching and medical sciences. With her passion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, Tanja also holds credentials in cultural awareness and safety and is licensed to use the Flinders University Chronic Condition Management Tools as part of the Closing the Gap Program. After several years of training in Gestalt Psychotherapy and Neuro-linguistic Programing (NLP) with a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy as well as workplace training and assessment, Tanja’s appetite for change management and her desire for the world to be at one with nature has her now undertaking a Masters in Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy as well as an Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy.

Dr Kate Marsh, PhD, MNutrDiet, BSc, GC(Diab Edn & Mgt)

Kate is an Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Credentialled Diabetes Educator working in private practice in Sydney and has a particular interest in vegetarian nutrition and plant-based diets, and the dietary and lifestyle management of diabetes and polycystic ovary syndrome. She was awarded the inaugural Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) of the Year in 2015. Kate is the convenor of the DAA National Vegetarian and PCOS Discussion Groups, chair of the ADEA Editorial Advisory Group, a member of the Diabetes Australia Medical Education Scientific Advisory Committee, on the editorial board for Diabetes Management Journal, and a board member for the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. She is the editor of the Australian Diabetes Educator, and a regular contributor to Diabetic Living Magazine. Kate has published articles in a number of nutrition and medical journals on the topics of PCOS, insulin resistance, glycemic index, diabetes, and vegetarian diets. She is also co-author of The Low GI Guide to Managing PCOS, The Low GI Vegetarian Cookbook, Low GI Gluten-Free Living, and The Bump to Baby Diet, and has authored a number of textbook chapters on PCOS, pregnancy and vegetarian nutrition.

Shivaun Conn, BSc(Nutr)Hons, APD, AN

Shivaun Conn is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), Accredited Nutritionist (AN) and Health Coach, with an honours degree from the University of Sydney. Shivaun is the director of Discovery Health Coaching and has worked for over 13 years as a dietitian, health coach and presenter. She currently coaches individuals in nutrition, lifestyle, and health behaviour change, and develops nutrition programs across a range of sectors. She has a special interest in behaviour change, preventative health, nutrigenomics and the management of irritable bowel syndrome. Shivaun has co-authored the ‘ALMA Eating Plan for People and Planet’, the Australian Institute of Fitness’ course ‘Nutrition Coach’ and regularly presents at health conferences around Australia. For more information on Shivaun visit www.discoveryhealthcoaching.com.

Dr Flavia Fayet-Moore, BSc(Hons), MNutrDiet, RNutr, APD, PhD

Flavia Fayet-Moore is an accredited practicing dietitian, registered nutritionist and sports nutritionist with a special interest in assessment of nutritional status, dietary intake, eating behaviour and chronic disease prevention. Flavia graduated form the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science (Nutritional Sciences Specialist and Biology Major). She obtained her Master of Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Sydney and went on to complete a PhD in nutrition. Flavia’s experience includes working as a project manager and researcher at the University of Sydney, director of Nutrition Research Australia and author. She is an Honorary Associate of the University of Sydney, member of the Dietitian’s Association of Australia, the Sports Dietitians of Australia and the Nutrition Society of Australia.

Dr Chris Ganora, MBBS, BMedSc, MPH, FRACGP

Chris obtained his medical degree from the University of Sydney. He has subsequently worked in multiple locations around rural and urban Australia, throughout numerous fields of medicine ranging from Indigenous health, addiction medicine and adolescent health. This broad clinical experience drew him passionately towards the field of public health in which he achieved his Masters, also from the University of Sydney. He is passionate about systems of health service provision and strengthening the bonds between care providers and community grass roots. Having always been a lover of the outdoors, transcultural interactions and a generally varied and diverse existence, he is naturally drawn to a more holistic and lifestyle-driven practice style.  He more recently obtained his GP fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. He strives to promote health as far more than what doctors can discuss within a standard medical consultation!

Dr Sam Manger, MBBS, BSc, FRACGP

Dr Sam Manger completed his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and his undergraduate Bachelor of Science from the University of Queensland. He is now a General Practitioner with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) in South East Queensland with a strong focus on lifestyle medicine and community collaboration. He is a Medical Educator with James Cook University and Generalist Medical Training, and is also completing a Masters in Public Health (MPH).

His passion for health and neuroscience has evolved into reflecting on how to change individual and social behaviour to lead to a more healthy, sustainable and ethical culture. He is a founding National Board Director of the Australia wide Transitions Film Festival. The TFF was founded in 2012 and has screened hundreds of positive and solutions focussed films, forums and events around Australia on the transition to a sustainable and ethical culture. He is also a former Committee Member of Doctors for the Environment Australia SA, founder of multiple community organisations, public speaker, permaculture practitioner, and bush survival student.

Dr Cameron McDonald, BSc, MNutrDiet, PhD

Cam has trained in both Exercise Physiology and Dietetics and Nutrition in Sydney and the Gold Coast respectively. Currently, he is conducting research for his PhD at the University of QLD that is focusing on optimising body composition through nutrition and exercise for breast cancer survivors.

Cam works privately as a dietitian and exercise physiologist, runs team and individual exercise sessions and has a passion for improving outcomes for his clients with evidence based lifestyle medicine.

Stephen Penman, MAppSc(Res), GC(Tert Teach Learn)

Stephen Penman is Executive Director (CEO) of ASLM. He is also a PhD candidate at University of Western Sydney developing an online comprehensive lifestyle change program. Previously, Stephen was CEO of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) from 2008 to 2013. From 2004 to 2008, while a Masters by Research candidate at RMIT University, Stephen conducted the widely regarded ‘Yoga in Australia’ study, assisted with research into the attitudes of General Practitioners and Nurses to complementary therapies and was also appointed inaugural Course Co-ordinator of ‘Wellness, Health Enhancement and Lifestyle Management’, an online course he delivered for three years both as an undergraduate elective and as a core unit in the Master of Wellness at RMIT. During this time he also served as Vice President and then President of Yoga Australia. Earlier in his career, Stephen was Royalties Manager, then I.T. Manager and then Financial Controller of an intellectual property licensing company. He brings a strong business, financial and information technology background, academic credentials in both research and online teaching and learning, and a passion for health and well-being to ASLM.

Monique De Costa, BPhys

Monique De Costa is the Executive Assistant at ASLM. She is also a registered physiotherapist and certified pilates/fitness instructor. Monique has worked in sub-acute rehabilitation, community health, private practice and local sporting clubs. She has a special interest in women’s health and nutrition, and has undertaken post-graduate training in nutritional medicine for chronic pain and inflammation. In her role as Networking Events Coordinator for Moral Fairground, Monique also works with other not-for-profits and social enterprises to promote awareness around sustainability and ethical business. Monique continues to practice at a women’s health clinic in Melbourne where she focuses her skills on clinical pilates for injury prevention and management.

Jordhana Clark, BHSc (Nat), AdvDip (YT)

Jordhana Clark is the Education Coordinator at ASLM and is responsible for all matters relating to the ASLM Fellowship program, ongoing education and training. She is also currently completing the final year of her Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) at the Southern School of Natural Therapies and has particular interest in mental health and wellbeing. Jordhana trained with the Australian Institute of Yoga therapy and has several years experience as a qualified yoga teacher, holding an Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching. She has also campaigned with the Wilderness Society and completed training the field of permaculture. As a Naturopath, Yoga teacher and sustainability enthusiast, Jordhana is passionate about creating Lifestyle changes to support the health and wellbeing of not only individuals, but society as a whole, and she is delighted to contribute her energy to this growing field of Lifestyle Medicine.

Cameron Elliott, BSc, BBusMan, BBehSci (Psych Hons)

Cameron Elliott manages the Open Health initiative. He is passionate about helping people live healthy happy lives in which they are free to reach their full potential and thrive. Prior to joining the Lifestyle Medicine Foundation he spent five years working as monitoring and evaluation and policy development consultant for government and non-government organisations working in the health and environment sectors. He has also worked in a progressive think tank where he was involved in policy research in the areas of social justice and the environment. Cameron currently volunteers as a facilitator with several organisations devoted to promoting positive social change including the Centre for Sustainability Leadership and The Weekly Service.

About ASLM
Events