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 Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Principal Research Fellow Allied Health- Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

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 Timothy Gill, Professor of Public Health Nutrition & Research, University of Sydney

Tim Gill is Professor of Public Health Nutrition at the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders within the Charles Perkins centre at the University of Sydney. He has wide experience as an academic and within government departments and health agencies and has authored several key reports and scientific papers on nutrition, obesity and chronic disease. His research focuses on improving food environments and tailoring of advice for the prevention and management of obesity.

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, Director & Senior Clinical Psychologist, The Talbot Centre

Dr Talbot is the director, founder and senior clinical psychologist at The Talbot Centre, a leading centre of excellence and innovation in the development, evaluation, dissemination and delivery of multidisciplinary health services. She has published multiple articles about neuropsychological functioning in eating disorders and more recently about feeding disorders across the lifespan. She was the invited co-author of the Treatment of ARFID article in the recent publication,” The Encyclopedia of Eating Disorders” and provides clinical consultation, supervision and training to clinicians Australia wide who work with patients and families affected by feeding difficulties.

Dr Talbot has a unique gift for translating scientific information and clinical concepts into accessible know how and practical strategies that facilitate improved health for individuals and community wide attitude shifts. Her current focus is on increasing awareness of and early identification of feeding disorders and on improving the intervention evidence base to allow for better outcomes for these families.

Dr Milan Piya, Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University

Dr Milan Piya is a Senior Lecturer in Diabetes at the School of Medicine, Western Sydney University. As an Endocrinologist in Camden and Campbelltown Hospitals, he is part of the multidisciplinary metabolic and obesity service where a publicly funded bariatric surgery unit is planned from 2019. He completed his Endocrinology training in the UK, and his PhD in Obesity and Metabolism at the University of Warwick in 2013. He has published several papers on obesity, biomarkers and diabetes. He has worked in three major obesity/bariatric centres in the UK over the last 10 years, before moving to Sydney last year.

Mr Chris Thornton, Clinical Director and Principal Clinical Psychologist, The Redleaf Practice

Chris Thornton is a Clinical Psychologist and is the Clinical Director of The Redleaf Practice, a multidisciplinary private practice that specialises in the outpatient treatment of eating and related disorders. Chris has 25 years’ experience working on inpatient units, day programs and outpatient services both in Australia and New Zealand. He has been trained by the developers of Family Based Treatment and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Enhanced. Chris has a commitment to the provision and dissemination of evidence based treatment.

Chris is a past president of the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders. He has presented nationally and internationally and authored numerous scientific papers into the treatment of eating disorders.

Professor Marj Moodie, Faculty of Health, Deakin University

Professor Marj Moodie is the current Head of Deakin Health Economics at Deakin University. In her role as a health economist, Marj’s research is focussed on economic evaluation and priority setting, primarily in the field of obesity, non-communicable diseases and stroke. She has conducted the economic evaluation of a wide range of preventive interventions for obesity, including several large community-based obesity prevention projects based in Victoria, Australia and the Pacific. She has been a leading player in the successful ACE (Assessing Cost-Effectiveness) priority setting studies around obesity, both in Australia and the United States of America. Professor Moodie supervises a team of researchers and PhD students working on the economics of obesity, and also coordinates the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Obesity Policy and Food Systems.

Invited Featured Speakers

Ms Jane Martin, Executive Manager, Obesity Policy Coalition