Health & Wellness Summit 2015

Health & Wellness Summit 2015

The Swift Fitness Health & Wellness Summit 2015 will be held at the Box Hill Town Hall on Sunday September 13th 2015 from 8:00am to 5:00pm. The event offers a fantastic line-up of speakers specifically selected as leaders in their fields of expertise.
They consist of professional doctors, dieticians, health journalists and movement specialists whom will present their own unique information on how you can improve your own health and wellness.




Health & Wellness Summit 2015 Speakers


Craig Harper

Craig Harper is one of Australia’s leading presenters, writers and educators in the areas of high-performance and personal transformation. Craig has been an integral part of the Australian fitness landscape since 1982 and in that time has worked as an exercise scientist, corporate speaker and consultant, university lecturer, AFL conditioning coach, radio host, TV presenter, writer and successful business owner. In 1990 Craig established Harper’s Personal Training, which evolved into one of the most successful businesses of its kind in the country and inhabited the Australian fitness landscape for almost a quarter of a century. As well as having written for the Herald Sun, numerous magazines, authoring five books and hosting his own radio show (the Science of Sport) on Melbourne radio, these days Craig still works with teams and individuals on a regular basis and delivers more than one hundred and thirty corporate presentations annually.

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Peter Brukner is a specialist sports and exercise physician currently working with the Australian cricket team. Peter is the founding partner of Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre in Melbourne and Professor of Sports Medicine at Latrobe University. A founding Executive Member of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians, he served two terms as President and played a key role in establishing sports medicine as a medical specialty in Australia. Peter is the co-author of the widely used text book Clinical Sports Medicine and has been team physician for professional football clubs as well as national athletics, swimming, soccer and men’s hockey teams including Olympic and Commonwealth Games. Peter was the Socceroos Team Doctor at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and more recently Head of Sports Medicine and Sports Science at Liverpool Football Club.

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Rod Tayler

Dr Rod Tayler is a Melbourne based anaesthetist with an interest in low carb, moderate protein, higher fat diets. He established Low Carb Down Under in 2012. Rod has since organised over 20 low carb events around Australia, and developed an extensive collection of Youtube videos by local and overseas low carb experts.

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Ken Sikaris

A graduate of the University of Melbourne, Dr Sikaris trained at the Royal Melbourne, Queen Victoria, and Prince Henry’s Heidelberg Repatriation Hospitals. He obtained fellowships from the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists in 1992 and 1997 respectively. Dr Sikaris was Director of Chemical Pathology at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne between 1993 and 1996. A NATA-accredited laboratory assessor, Dr Sikaris specialises in Prostate Specific Antigen, cholesterol and quality assurance and is currently chair of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry Committee on Analytical Quality. His expertise is highly sought and he has presented extensively at national and international symposiums. Dr Sikaris is a Senior Fellow of St Vincent’s Clinical School and a Clinical Associate in Biochemistry at the University of Melbourne. He joined Melbourne Pathology in 2003.

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Vicky Kuriel

“Vicky Kuriel is a Low Carb High Fat (LCHF)/Paleo Dietitian and the co-founder of Acacia Health. Her qualifications and experience cross the spectrum in the health, nutrition and fitness industries. She has 16 years experience in consulting, presenting, lecturing, training, instructing and writing and is recognised as a pioneer of Pilates in Australia.

Vicky is a proud proponent of a Low Carb, High Fat lifestyle. Her beliefs, recommendations and dietary protocols are therefore largely contrary to the Australian Dietary guidelines. She shares these beliefs passionately, advocating a whole food, unprocessed, clean lifestyle inline with LCHF principles.”

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Nathan Quinn

Nathan Quinn is an Exercise Scientist with 12 years experience in the Health and Fitness Industry.  He has created and delivered the Certificate 3 & 4 practical courses for the Personal Training Academy, the Exercise Prescription and Rehabilitation unit at part of the Melbourne Institute of Massage Therapy’s Advanced Diploma, the Freestyle Movement Specialist (FMS) series for Fitness First Asia and was awarded runner up best Health and Wellness Program at the Occupational Health and Safety Awards for his work with Fairfax Media.  Nathan is passionate about providing trainers with the latest research and tools to help them achieve optimal client performance.

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Nicole Bijlsma

Nicole Bijlsma is a woman of passion, and her passion lies in environmental medicine. She first became interested in building biology a a result of two events that occurred in her life: the first was when she began to notice the connection between many of her patients’ ill health and their homes. The second was her infertility problem. The cause of her ten miscarriages was eventually identified as an immune disorder (which was diagnosed by a US reproductive immunologist) which she now suspects arose from long term exposure to a high electromagnetic field (sleeping next to the meter box). After relocating to another bedroom, their sleep improved and she gave birth to twins one year later.

Nicole is an accomplished naturopath, acupuncturist and building biologist who has been in clinical practice since 1989. She is the bestselling author of Healthy Home Healthy Family which featured on every major television network and numerous radio programs. She is the founder of the Australian College of Environmental Studies ( established in 1999 to educate people about the health hazards in the built environment. Nicole is an ambassador for the Mindd Foundation, and is a popular public speaker having lectured at various tertiary institutions and at wellbeing and medical conferences to integrative GPs (ACNEM) and health practitioners. Nicole and her husband Mark are the manufacturers of the Australian made Abode cleaning products range which is rapidly becoming the number one cleaning product line in health food stores across Australia.

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David Gillespie

David Gillespie is a recovering corporate lawyer, co-founder of a successful software company and consultant to the IT industry.

He is also the father of six young children (including one set of twins). With such a lot of extra time on his hands, and 40 extra kilos on his waistline, he set out to investigate why he, like so many in his generation, was fat.

He deciphered the latest medical findings on diet and weight gain and what he found was chilling. Being fat was the least of his problems. He needed to stop poisoning himself.

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Damon Gameau

As an actor Damon Gameau has starred in several feature films including Rolf de Heer’s The Tracker, and Robert Connolly’s Balibo opposite Anthony LaPaglia for which he was nominated for an AFI award. On the other side of the camera, he wrote and directed the 2011 winning Tropfest short film, Animal Beatbox.

‘That Sugar Film’ is his first feature film and had its world premiere at IDFA in late 2014 and then went on to screen at Berlinale 2015 where it was bought by Samuel Goldwyn Films who released Super Size Me in the USA. It is currently the second highest grossing Australian documentary of all time. The accompanying book, That Sugar Book is now a best seller and will be translated and released in a host of countries including the UK and USA.

Damon is a passionate advocate for good health and is determined to help people find a happier way of living.

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Jacqui Kirkland

Jacqui first worked in hospital laboratories at the time AIDS and Hepatitis C were broadly making their presence known.  She then moved into the chemical industry supplying both big & small businesses with their chemical requirements, before going on to homeschool her children and run her own businesses.  An intriguing journey which has allowed Jacqui to observe our modern world from many perspectives  and to identify some of the challenges we each face. Challenges whichraises questions such as,  what are we doing to ourselves &  how do we stop the disturbing ‘inevitability’ of modern disease?  This led to her great passion, whole foods & healing through lifestyle choices.  Jacqui  founded her own company, Grateful Harvest,  producing and supplying fermented beverages & foods.  Her great passion is to help people make the connection between gut health and the health of their body & mind.  This passion has led Jacqui to connect with worldclass leaders in this area, whose work she loves to share, allowing each of us to discover the potential for change held within.

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Jenny Ravlic

Jenny is the owner of Additive Education and helps families and individuals avoid nasty food additives that can cause behaviour, health and learning problems.  Jenny is experienced in FAILSAFE, dairy-free and additive-free living with her family of boys, solving many issues from rashes on faces and asthma coughs to disruptive behavioural problems and motor tics.

Jenny has a background in training and development. Jenny will guide you through the pitfalls of shopping in the modern day supermarket when it comes to nasty food additives so you can achieve better mental and physical health for you and your family.

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Georgia Harding

Georgia is a Naturopath (19yrs exp.) author, mother and passionate health educator. On her website (Well Nourished) she shares fad-free health advice and intolerance/allergy friendly recipes to inspire people to live happy, healthy lives and create delicious food memories. Georgia is committed to supporting the health of this generation and especially loves to help parents feed their children ‘well’.  She endeavours to simplify nutrition and make cooking nourishing meals achievable for everyone.

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