Program 2017-06-20T14:27:44+00:00
Who & Why?

Conference streams and workshops

Stay tuned for 2017 program announcements!

Overarching theme

  • Planet Consumption – Primary care, public and planetary health converge in Lifestyle Medicine

Streams (Main Conference)

  • You can lead a horse to water – Behaviour change and Psychological Medicine
  • Don’t bite the hand that feeds – Public and planetary health converge
  • The brain you can change – Harnessing the power of the gut-brain axis
  • Scientific abstracts – Oral abstracts and poster presentations

Workshops (Pre-conference)

  • Mission Possible – Enhancing the Lifestyle Prescription and multidisciplinary team
  • Tackling the hard stuff – ‘Normal’ excesses and Addiction Medicine
  • Where’s Gutbusters when you need it? – Should the focus even be on obesity?
  • Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs) – and now introducing… Programmed SMAs

More information about each of the conference streams and pre conference workshops follows.

Main Conference 5pm Friday – 5pm Sunday

You can lead a horse to water – Behaviour change and Psychological Medicine

“You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink”. This theme will investigate facilitating behaviour change in clinical practice with focused psychological strategies stemming from an understanding of models of mind, attachment, trauma and resilience. We will explore CBT derived strategies for different life stages, Motivational Interviewing, behavioural activation, cognitive analysis and restructuring – leading towards more functional attitudes and beliefs. The focus will be on strategies, tools and techniques for more effective practice.

Don’t bite the hand that feeds – Public and planetary health converge

Nine years since obesity became a National Health Priority Area, it is an inconvenient truth that obesity is still on the rise, driven by over consumption and under activity, amongst other things.  Likewise for metabolic syndrome, heart disease and stroke, dementia and cancers. Consumption is also driving climate change, food insecurity and health inequity.  This theme will investigate both the effects and the causes, but more importantly, solutions with particular focus on the modifiable aspects of policy, society and environment at a public health, community and individual level.

The brain you can change – Harnessing the power of the gut-brain axis

Neurogenesis occurs much later in life than previously thought and we can change our brain chemistry via the gut, therefore by what we eat and how we live. Consider that 90% of our serotonin is produced in the gut! The Gut-Brain axis has implications for avoiding cognitive decline and dementia, reversing symptoms of chronic disease, for healthy ageing generally, and for performance enhancement.  This theme will explore the application of the latest gut-brain science with focus on strategies to improve mental and physical health, cognitive function and performance.

Scientific abstracts – Oral abstracts and poster presentations

This stream provides the opportunity for researchers, scientists, clinicians, educators and public health professionals to present their work in the standard scientific ‘oral abstract’ or ‘poster presentation’ format. Post-doctoral level applicants can participate in the scientific stream but will not be eligible for the scholarships or awards which are for applicants up to PhD candidate level.


Pre-conference workshops 10am-5pm Friday

Mission Possible – Enhancing the Lifestyle Prescription

With Lifescripts resources in Australia withdrawn since 2014, it seems funding is still limited for addressing the cause, namely behavioural, social and environmental factors. Green Prescriptions (for physical activity only) are still current in new Zealand. More resources and tools for practitioners are needed. In this stream you will hear from dietitians, exercise physiologists, psychologists, nutritionists, doctors and others about how to write better lifestyle prescriptions and how to best utliise the multidisciplinary team.

Tackling the hard stuff – ‘Normal’ excesses and Addiction Medicine

There is a popular theory that the opposite of addiction is connection. No doubt reflective of a wider societal problem. Excess and addiction is rife in our society, whether sugar, tobacco, alcohol or other drugs, illicit and pharmaceutical.  This workshop investigates facilitating smoking cessation, promoting alcohol awareness and reducing alcohol consumption, the area of food addiction, and other sometimes socially acceptable excesses from a biochemical, psychological and societal standpoint.

Where’s Gutbusters when you need it? – Should the focus even be on obesity?

Many of us will remember Gutbusters from the ‘90s, a culturally appropriate and gender specific weight loss program for men, headed by Prof Garry Egger. Tailored weight loss strategies for women were also available at the time from ‘Professor Trim’. Twenty years on the obesity problem is out of hand. Is BMI even relevant?This workshop will investigate where we have been and where we are going, the latest science, and will explore strategies for facilitating weight loss, models of practice to support delivery and facilitation of weight management, and propose solutions at individual, primary care and community levels.

Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs) – and now introducing…Programmed SMAs

Recently being taken up by Primary Health Networks (PHNs) for chronic disease management, SMAs are a revolutionary way of managing and improving chronic disease in primary care utilising GPs, practice nurses, dietitians, EPs, psychologists and the multidisciplinary team as facilitators. They are, “A series of consecutive individual medical consultations in a supportive group setting where all can listen, interact, and learn.” As such an SMA is a both an individual consultation and a group education session. Become an ASLM Registered SMA Practitioner or Facilitator by attending this workshop and follow-up assessment.


The program from the 2016 conference is shown below for your information. Stay tuned for 2017 program announcements.

The program is jam-packed and features numerous concurrent sessions. Each two hour session is structured as a self-contained module with it’s own learning objectives, allowing delegates to choose the sessions of most interest.

To ensure real value, all concurrent sessions (with the exception of the scientific stream and some workshops on Friday) will be filmed for later viewing on our website so you won’t miss a moment of the days you register for!

Please note, the program will be updated regularly until the event so there may be some changes to sessions or speakers.

Read below or download the 2016 program here