Conference – Saturday 26th


SATURDAY 26th Jan – Conference Itinerary

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast and registration
9:00 – 10:10 Powhiri and mihi / Welcome
10:15 – 10:40 Welcome address:

Plant-based diets – the year that was

This talk will cover the 2018 news you might have missed for in the lifestyle and plant-based world!


Morgen Smith

10:45 – 11:00 Morning tea
11:05 – 11:45

Integrating lifestyle approaches into a novel general practice

Pene Brown will talk to his experience of lifestyle change. Reweit Ropiha is the CEO of Turanga Health, and along Dr Patrick McHugh will talk to a new wellness cafe. The focus of this will be on wellness and healthy lifestyle changes.

Pene Brown, Reweti Ropiha, Dr Patrick McHugh
12:00 – 1:10

Reflections on a career as a Pioneer (skype)

Interactive audience session. Dr McDougall is THE pioneer physician in the use of lifestyle medicine. He joins us for an interactive skype session.

Dr John A McDougall
1:10 – 2:05 Lunch
2:05 – 2:50

Shining the light on sleep health

Let’s not forget about the other pillar of health: sleep! There is much to gain from tending to and optimising sleep and circadian health. This session will provide a brief introduction on what sleep is and how it affects you and your clients.

Lora Wu
2:55 – 3:55 Plant based practices:

Online health focusing on bowel disease

Shukul and Shamiz run a health consultancy which focuses on helping those with (in particular) bowel related disease, like inflammatory bowel disease. They examine what has made their business work and successful. They will also discuss some practical tips for working with clients online.

Plant based eating and wellness as part of a physiotherapy practice

Brad is nothing if not passionate about the plant-based diet for his patients. Brad gives his story,  empowering habits (with an emphasis on the plant based eating) along with what information works best.

Shukul and Shamiz Kachwalla

Brad Dixon

4:00 – 4:15 Afternoon tea
4:20 – 5:00

The challenges of Incorporating Plant-Based Nutrition into Clinical Practice

Whole food, plant-based nutrition is the safest, most effective therapy for many chronic diseases but prescribing it to patients in medical practice is more difficult than one might anticipate. Malcolm shares his experience with introducing ‘nutrition as medicine’ to the diverse array of patients that attend a general medical practice, and then matching his approach to the patient. This is a lifestyle medicine approach, utilising the skills of behaviour change coaching, but woven into the chaotic and time pressured environment of real-life medical practice. Malcolm will discuss the patient resources he prescribes, the issue of dietary perfection vs pragmatism as well as some of the barriers and strategies that might lead to better time management and reimbursement.

Dr Malcolm MacKay
5:00 – 6:00 Dinner
6:00 – 8:00


The Big Fat Lie

Research shows that 80% of heart attacks and a third of cancers would be prevented if New Zealanders took up a whole foods, plant based lifestyle. This film calls for a radical change in government health policy, to state that heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and many diseases and cancers can be prevented or reversed by adopting a whole foods, plant based lifestyle.

Q & A post


Grant Dixon