The Health Docs concept, philosophy and content is under constant review and feedback, from both course participants and experts in their fields. It is an honour to have the following international experts in their respective fields support The Health Docs project.
Professor Boyd Swinburn is Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health at the University of Auckland and Co-Chair of World Obesity Policy & Prevention section. He trained as an endocrinologist and has conducted research in metabolic, clinical and public health aspects of obesity. His major research interests are centred on community and policy actions to prevent childhood and adolescent obesity, and reduce, what he has coined, the ‘obesogenic’ environments. He has been an international advisor on many government committees and the World Health Organisations. He co-chaired the Lancet Commission on Obesity.
Jane is a health strategist, advising the government, university and social enterprise sector. She is Chair of Open Arms, Chair of STREAT and Chair of the Centre for Mental Health at Swinburne University. She is the Founder and Non-Executive Director of InnoWell. She has over twenty years’ experience as a C-Suite Executive with high profile organisations, beyondblue: the national depression initiative and reachout.com and was the founder and CEO of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre raising over $100M in capital. In recognition for her achievements in entrepreneurship she won the category of Social Enterprise for 2015’s Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group 100 Women of Influence, and was a Victorian Finalist in the 2017 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
Professor Morgan is a Gumilaroi man from Walgett western NSW and an adjunct Professor at Wollotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle. He is a highly respected and acknowledged Aboriginal educator/researcher who has worked extensively throughout Australia and internationally in the field of Aboriginal knowledge, self-determination and social and restorative justice and learning for over forty years. He is currently Chair of the Board of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Education and Research (BATSIER) and the inaugural Chair of the Council of the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE).
Professor Felice Jacka is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow at Deakin University where she is director of the new Food & Mood Centre. She is founder and president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR) and immediate past president of 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 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.
Murat is a trained Clinical Neuropsychologist and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow. As well as being BrainPark's Founding Director, Murat is the leader of the Addiction and Mental Health Program within the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health. His work combine's neuroscience withlifestyle and technology-based immersive interventions (such as physical exercise, mindfulness mediation, yoga, virtual reality, and cognitive training) to enhance therapeutic outcomes (such as improved cognitive, mental and brain health) and create accessible treatments that can be self-administered.
Professor Garry Egger is considered one of Australia’s leading authority on lifestyle and chronic disease. He provides counsel to the Australian medical community, Federal Government and the World Health Organisation. He is a Professor of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross university and an Advisor to the World Health Organisation. He was a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council Committee on the Prevention of Obesity in Australia, is the principal author of the initial NH&MRC ‘Clinical Guidelines for Weight Control and Obesity Management’. In 2012 he received an Australia Medal for his services to medical education and health promotion.
Professor Jim Lagopoulos is the Director of the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience - Thompson Institute. Jim's research is focused on the translation of discoveries made using animal models into real-world treatment options for humans. Jim's research programs are focused on youth mental health, lifestyle medicine, healthy brain ageing and dementia, PTSD, and traumatic brain injury. In 2012, Jim was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers in Science alongside his appointment of Editor of World Journal of Neuroscience.