Dr Peta Stapleton – Clinical & Health Psychologist  Program Director – Clinical Masters of Psychology, Associate Professor, School of Psychology Faculty of Society & Design, Bond University

Associate Professor Peta Stapleton is a registered Clinical and Health Psychologist and is Program Director of the Masters of Clinical Psychology program at Bond University (Queensland).

Peta is a world leader and researcher in Emotional Freedom Techniques (‘psychological acupuncture’). In 2014 Peta was awarded the American Harvey Baker Research Award for meticulous research by the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology.

In 2015 Peta received the Global Weight Management Congress Industry Professional Award of Excellence, and named the Gold Coast Woman in Business.

In 2016 she was awarded the greatest contribution to the field of Energy Psychology by the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology.

Dr Susan de Jersey, Senior Dietician, Nutritionist, Queensland Health

Dr Susie de Jersey is an Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian and the Principal Research Fellow for Allied Health Professions at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Queensland University of Technology.

She has completed undergraduate degrees in nutrition and dietetics, human movement studies, and a Master of Public Health.  Her PhD aimed to understand more about health behaviours associated with overweight in pregnancy with a particular focus on health cognitions and excess weight.

Susie’s clinical expertise and research is in the area of maternal health particularly the management of chronic disease including diabetes and overweight in pregnancy.

A key focus of Susie’s work is finding ways to support women achieve healthy lifestyles in pregnancy.

Professor Ian Caterson, Foundation Director, Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders, The University of Sydney

Ian Caterson is a medical graduate from the University of Sydney and undertook his clinical training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He is currently Director of the Boden Institute of Obesity Nutrition Exercise and Eating Disorders and Boden Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Sydney and Sydney LHD. He is an Endocrinologist working at RPAH and is Academic Clinical Director of the Charles Perkins Centre RPA Clinic. He established the first multi-disciplinary weight management service in Australia.

He has been president of both the Australian Diabetes Society and the Australasian Society for the Study of Obesity (now ANZOS) & is president of the World Obesity Federation.

He is a recognised expert on obesity, its causes, prevention and management.

Ms Nicole Gibson, CEO, The Rogue and Rouge Foundation

Nicole is known as a multi-award winning social entrepreneur, but she prefers to be seen as an unstoppable messenger of love and human potential.

When Nicole was 18 years old, she established a Not-for-Profit and grew it to sustainability, while completing multiple national speaking tours. At 20 years old, she was a finalist for the Young Australian of the Year and listed as one of Australia’s top 100 most influential women at 21, shortly after taking out the Pride of Australia Medal. She’s made the front cover of the Yellow Pages, and has been featured in The Financial Review, and starred in a documentary aired on prime-time national TV.

Nicole is a fierce ambassador for mental health, innovation and connection after recovering from her own terrifying lived experience with anorexia nervosa through her teenage years. She was the youngest Commonwealth Commissioner for Mental Health in history during her 3 year term, advising directly to the Australian Federal Health Minister and Prime Minister. Nicole has facilitated workshops and presentations with over a quarter of a million Australians. She is a skilled and experienced motivational speaker and facilitator, developing her own facilitation methods early on in her career, which continue to evolve.

Dr Amy Talbot, Clinical Psychologist, Dr Amy Talbot & Associates


  • Dr Steven Allender, Professor, Faculty of Health, Deakin University
  • Professor Nuala Byrne,  Head, School of Health Sciences, University of Tasmania