Go Well

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The Go Well podcast is presented by Cate Mercer, Editor/Publisher of The Art of Healing magazine, bringing you interviews that will inspire and motivate you to live your life

in as healthy a way as possible and to your fullest potential. Topics cover all aspects of what it takes to be a fully functional human, including the physical (nutrition + movement), mental, emotional, social, spiritual and environmental.

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Our podcast this week is with Professor Carlo Leifert, who  is one of the world leaders in organic farming research, food production systems, and sustainable farming and food security.  Using a unique, new intervention study design, an international team of experts led by Professor Carlo Leifert (Southern Cross University, Australia; University of Oslo, Norway) and Professor Chris Seal (Newcastle University, UK) compared the effect of a healthy diet (Mediterranean type) with a habitual Western diet and they also compared the effect of conventionally produced foods with organic food on intake of pesticides, a group of environmental pollutants with known negative health effects. The study's main finding was that switching from a “Western” to a Mediterranean diet with high fruit and vegetable consumption resulted in more than 3-times higher total insecticide and organophosphate intake. Listen in to find out more.

Nov 22

24 min 33 sec

Michael Leunig is an Australian cartoonist, writer, painter, philosopher and poet. His commentary on political, cultural and emotional life spans more than fifty years and has often explored the idea of an innocent and sacred personal world. The fragile ecosystem of human nature and its relationship to the wider natural world is a related and recurrent theme. He describes his approach as regressive, humorous, messy, mystical, primal and vaudevillian - producing work which is open to many interpretations and has been widely adapted in education, music, theatre, psychotherapy and spiritual life. In this podcast, Cate talks with him about what it takes to be constantly in the public eye, and his role as cartoonist.

Nov 16

38 min 14 sec

This week on the Go Well podcast, Cate talks with yoga teacher Jane Mallick about different aspects of yoga, with a focus on how we can bring it more into every day life. After a successful corporate career in social health research and educational studies, Jane experienced a major health crisis herself, and turned to yoga for healing. She is now a dedicated and passionate yogini who has been practising yoga for almost forty years and teaching for ten. Jane is further inspired by the divine feminine to share the teachings that have helped her, by supporting others to create a life of ease, grace and on that is full of potential.     

Nov 2

25 min 46 sec

In this podcast, Cate talks with Professor Wendy Moyle who is Program Director for the Healthcare Practice and Survivorship Program (HPS) (5 Research Groups) in the Menzies Health Institute Queensland at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.  Wendy’s research expertise is in dementia, depression and delirium. She has focused her research on finding evidence for best practice in the care of older people and, in particular, those with dementia, and improving quality of life, and evidence for managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) using controlled trials to test psychosocial interventions. She has a keen interest in technologies and, within a social robotics laboratory, she develops and evaluates assistive technologies and social robots. She works with a multidisciplinary team of researchers from Australia and internationally, in particular from the UK and Japan, and has received two International Women’s Day Awards: an International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame (Sigma) for her research (2019); and she has been recognised by Robohub as one of 30 women in robotics globally you needed to know in 2019. She has also won an international award for social robotics from Analytics Insight (2020).

Oct 25

26 min 21 sec

In this podcast Cate talks with Professor Jayashri Kulkarni from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia about women's mental health. Jayashri founded and directs the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc), which is a large group dedicated to discovering new treatments, new understanding and new services for people with a range of mental illnesses. Jayashri Kulkarni graduated in Medicine from Monash University in 1981 and became a Fellow of the College of Psychiatrists in 1989. She has conducted ground-breaking clinical research since then and is internationally acknowledged as a leader in the field of Women’s Mental Health, in particular for her innovative work on reproductive hormones and mental illness. She is the current President of the International Association for Women’s Mental Health working in the field of women’s mental health and developing specific treatments that are tailored to suit women’s needs biologically, socially and psychologically. Her work has been published in many national and international peer-reviewed publications. To date, Professor Kulkarni has authored in excess of 200 papers, 23 book chapters and 40 other publications. Jayashri received an Order of Australia (AM) in 2019 for her services to Psychiatry.

Sep 16

24 min 51 sec

Ros is Positivity Resilience and Wellness Coach, Author and Director of LaughLife Wellbeing Programs, along with being a leading provider of laughter wellness, positivity and mindfulness programs. She is also Adjunct lecturer at the School of Public Health and Psychology at La Trobe University and coordinator of a world first Laughter, Resilience and Wellbeing online short course for professionals.  Ros is also author of the book “Laughing At Cancer – How To Heal With Love, Laughter and Mindfulness, part memoir and part healing guide, written following her shock diagnosis of bowel cancer. Ros is presently working on her next book documenting laughter’s effect on mind, body and spirit.

Sep 9

26 min 54 sec

Well I don’t know about you, but think we are getting a bit sick of the bad news. So this week we have dug a bit deeper to find some good news, which includes a woman who has fulfilled her dreams by opening a bookstore in her later age (instead of buying a house) and has just celebrated her 10th anniversary; a company that turns cremation ashes into elegant stones, why self-love may not be selfish and is in fact a key for collective healing; is pursuing happiness bad for the environment?; how having someone listen to you improves your brain health; and how carers can get help during the pandemic. And this week Cate's interview is with fellow radio presenter at 94.9 MainFM, Chloe Wrzesinski. Chloe is a seventeen year old school student, living and studying in Castlemaine and has an avid passion for writing fiction and painting as well as studying languages. Chloe hopes to pursue her studies in the real world after completing VCE, by travelling abroad and teaching English in Japan. After completing year twelve, she also hopes to get published and further a career as an author.

Aug 24

24 min 48 sec

Cate's interview this week is with Daniel Montelone who shares his personal story of living with chronic pain, and how this has informed his professional life as podiatrist and strength and conditioning coach. Daniel has developed a passionate interest in the management of chronic pain and biomechanical therapy and loves to help people understand how their body works and how strong they really can be.  He has been featured on ABC national news for his work as an ambassador for National Pain Week, increasing awareness about chronic pain, and has been instrumental in developing course content in a new subject being delivered at La Trobe University; Empathy and Compassion in healthcare. 

Aug 17

24 min 25 sec

Dean Mighell is the Founder, Director and a Practitioner of The Path of the Horse. The Path of the Horse aims to assist people of all ages and from all walks of life who seek better mental health and wellbeing. Their work helps people become more self-aware about themselves and enables them to make clearer choices about their lives. Further, the work with horses helps heal, manage, build resilience, and means after people leave they can often enjoy improved relationships and maintain better mental health. Horses have an amazing ability to release stress and a truly unique capacity to share their empathy with humans. They never judge, they are completely honest and are our much-loved assistants in the healing process. They are great listeners too.

Aug 9

22 min 7 sec

If having a life purpose resonates with you, listen in to this podcast with author and life coach Shannah Kennedy, as she really does provide a lot of information, value and tips in this interview with Cate.  Author of Simplify, Structure, Succeed and The Life Plan, Simple Strategies for a Meaningful Life, and Plan B, Shannah is also an accredited Advanced Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation and a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner. From individual coaching to group facilitation and workshops, her client portfolio spans CEOs and senior executives, entrepreneurs and sporting leaders, to parents and corporate groups. 

Aug 9

23 min 15 sec

This week's podcast follows National Pain Week and the release of the 2021 National Pain Survey by Chronic Pain Australia, completed by 2233 people living with chronic pain nationwide. Cate speaks with Alexandra Hordern and Fiona Hudson from Chronic Pain Australia (CPA): Alexandra has family members who have experienced chronic pain for several decades, and joined the board of CPA to help amplify the voice of people living with chronic pain, and reduce the stigma people living with chronic pain face. Fiona is a Pain Management Clinical Nurse Consultant with the Hunter Integrated Pain Service NSW, Australia and has worked in all aspects of pain service delivery over the last 22 years. Fiona is currently Vice President of Chronic Pain Australia.

Aug 2

21 min 36 sec

In this podcast, Cate talks with Professor Paula Brough about employee wellbeing when they are working away from the workplace in their homes. Paula is Professor of Organisational Psychology and Director of the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, and her primary research and teaching areas are occupational stress and coping, employee mental health and wellbeing, work engagement, work-life balance, workplace conflict (bullying, harassment, toxic leadership), and the psychosocial work environment. Paula assesses how work environments can be improved via job redesign, supportive leadership practices, and enhanced equity to improve employee health, work commitment, and productivity. Paula has authored over 60 industry reports, over 150 journal articles and book chapters, and has produced 9 scholarly books based on her research. Paula is an Associate Editor of Work & Stress, and is Board member of Journal of Organizational Behaviour, International Journal of Stress Management, and the BPS Work-Life Balance Bulletin. Paula is a Fellow of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology and a Fellow of the Asia Pacific Academy for Psychosocial Factors at Work.     

Jul 26

17 min 50 sec

In this interview we are very grateful to Glenn Williams for sharing his story about becoming addicted to opioid prescription medication, and his experience of attending The Melbourne Clinic (a privately run addiction clinic) in Victoria, Australia. The psychiatrist he engaged with during his rehabilitation period was also Dr Steven Chau who was interviewed on the Go Well podcast:  Episode 1 Season 6 podcast.

Jul 5

25 min 58 sec

In this interview with Natalie Cook from Torrens University, Cate and Natalie discuss accessibility to Australia's newest university, and the range of health qualifications on offer. Natalie is a dedicated senior manager with a passion for accessible healthcare and sustainable wellbeing, Natalie brings more than 25 years of experience in higher education, and environmental NGOs. Serving as the Director of Innovation, Industry and Employability for Health and Education at Torrens University and Think Education, she applies her extensive experience in relationship management, communication and strategic direction to the student experience, ensuring that their efforts translate seamlessly into a successful career via industry immersion, integrated learning practices and innovative, updated curriculum design.

Jul 5

18 min 10 sec

This week Cate talks with Rob Prugue from People Reaching Out to People (PROP®), which is a mental health education program focused on addressing the underlying stigma often associated with depression and anxiety. “Much of mental health ‘awareness’ is littered with harmful stigma, borne out of outdated social standards, and as long as this is even partially influenced by such restrictive and debilitating social stigma, the ability to engage empathetically with loved ones, friends and workmates is compromised” says CEO Rob Prugue. Put together by recognised academics and licensed practitioners, PROP is a Tutorial Series which is delivered electronically in four modules; each module taking no more than ten minutes to read. The purpose? That through education, social stigma can be changed to empower people to engage with friends and loved ones who are experiencing depression or anxiety in much the same way as they would if they were battling with a physical medical condition.  It takes a village.

Jul 5

27 min 7 sec

On this week’s Go Well podcast, Cate talks with Dr Jean Spinks about medication safety. Dr Spinks is a trained health economist, pharmacist and health systems researcher, and is currently a Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Health Economics at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. Her research focuses broadly on the integration of medication and medication services in primary care. Current projects involve the development, implementation and evaluation of an Indigenous Medication Review Service, innovative pharmacist workforce models of care, and consumer preferences for medication services. She has also published in the areas of medicines pricing, complementary medicine use and the disposal of unwanted medicines. Jean has worked in community and hospital pharmacy in Australia and internationally in the Asia-Pacific region, including in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Tonga. 

Jun 28

25 min 42 sec

In this interview Cate talks with Dr Steven Chau, about prescribed medications, addiction, and what to look out for.  Dr Steven Chau is a senior consultant psychiatrist at The Melbourne Clinic in Australia, and is part of the Addiction Unit Team, helping patients recover through the 28-day in-hospital rehabilitation program. He is also involved with the Psychiatric Advice and Consultation Service and provides telephone support to General Practitioners to enhance their treatment of patients with mental illness. Integral to Dr Chau’s patient-focussed care style is the development of strong professional therapeutic relationships. He sincerely believes in a holistic approach to recovery from addiction supporting the biopsychosocial model of healthcare. Dr Chau is also particularly passionate about public health promotion and enhancing mental health literacy. Dr Chau completed his psychiatry training at The Austin Hospital which allowed him to acquire experience across various unique settings including treating members of the Australian Defence Force, patients with a forensic history at The Thomas Embling Hospital, as well as patients coping with cancer.

Jun 23

18 min 5 sec

Trish Thompson is a clinical counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice in Melbourne, Australia. Trish was formerly a secondary school teacher and then school counsellor for many years before completing her Masters of Counselling.  She now works with individuals, couples and other relationship structures and has also facilitated therapy groups for many years.  Trish has taught in a number of counselling training programs, including the Bachelor of Counselling program at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. She has worked in a number of community based settings, particularly with the LGBTIQ+ community.

Jun 9

22 min 12 sec

In this interview Cate talks with Emma Van Daal about Therapeutic Arts Practice. Emma is a psychotherapist and arts therapist who is passionate about supporting infants, children and families, and adult women moving through the challenges of life, mental health, and relationships. She is especially passionate about the field of trauma, particularly early life trauma, with a strong interest in early intervention. Emma has recently finished her Professional Doctorate in Therapeutic Arts Practice using arts-making-as-inquiry methods to inquire into the lived experiencing of anorexia which includes a graphic novel. Emma lives in Melbourne, Australia with her partner, has far too many art projects on the go, and is about to open a new practice approaching children's and family mental health in a creative and play-full way.

Jun 9

23 min 57 sec

All Yumiko Kadota ever wanted was to be a surgeon. Young, gifted and dedicated, Yumiko graduated her medical degree with Honours, and was well on her way to becoming an outstanding plastic and reconstructive surgeon. She spent fourteen years studying, working 70+ hour weeks, on call for days at a time, working at numerous hospitals across two states, doing whatever was asked of her – because that’s what was needed to become a doctor. Work life balance was non-existent. Her personal life was one of bargaining with friends and loved ones, a constant cycle of cancelling plans and making up for them. In 2018, she quit. Fourteen years of working towards her dream had taken its toll: the mental, physical and emotional strain had brought her to a tipping point. In this podcast Presenter Cate Mercer talks with Yumiko about the years she spent working in a world where she needed to stay calm and professional in the face of racism, sexual harassment, sexism, chauvinism, discrimination, favouritism, ageism. A world enshrouded by a professional code of silence. Where the pressures and stresses of heavy workloads drove people to suicide. Where people were afraid to report inappropriate behaviour. Where Yumiko fantasised about the level of injury required for her to be exempt from performing surgery. 

Jun 2

17 min 10 sec

In this interview, Presenter of Go Well Cate Mercer speaks with Ronni Kahn AO, social entrepreneur and founder of food rescue charity in Australia OzHarvest. OzHarvest is a non-denominational charity that rescues excess food which would otherwise be discarded. The food is then distributed to charities that support the disadvantaged and vulnerable around Australia. OzHarvest now "delivers the equivalent of 25 million meals a year that would otherwise be dumped". Ronni also created the NESTprogram – Nutrition, Education & Sustenance Training – which aims to educate vulnerable Australians about nutrition and healthy eating, providing valuable life skills to disadvantaged and marginalised communities. Ronni has been known to say that "If food waste was a country, it would be the third biggest emitter of carbon and methane gas after the US and China".

Jun 2

19 min 38 sec

Presented Cate Mercer talks with Carla van Laar who is an Artist and Arts Therapist who currently lives and works in Victoria, South Eastern Australia, on the traditional lands of the Boon Wurrung people in Inverloch. Carla has 30 years’ experience working with people and the arts for health and wellbeing in community organisations, justice, health and education contexts. She has also lectured and supervised Art Therapy students and insists on being part of a creative revolution in which art re-embodies lived experience, brings us to our senses, makes us aware of the interconnectedness of all life and is an agent of social change. 

Jun 2

21 min 14 sec

Michael has a Master of Creative Industries from Queensland University of Technology, and a professional career that spans across senior executive government positions. With a lived experience of mental illness, Michael was diagnosed with treatment resistant depression ten years ago. Today, Michael manages his illness with a healthy lifestyle, medication and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). He spends his spare time nurturing his creative passions which include outback photography and videography.

May 19

25 min 53 sec

Debra is an author and psychologist consulting on everything from relationships to panic, depression, anxiety and grief. The desire to continually deepen her understanding of psychology led to her PhD with her thesis on love and emotional intelligence won the Relationships Thesis Award from The Australian Psychological Society. Debra’s research has been published in peer-reviewed journals in Australia and the US including Spirituality in Clinical Practice and The International Journal of Yoga Therapy. 

May 19

25 min 38 sec

Miranda Mueller lives in the Dandenong Ranges of Victoria, Australia. Her business Go to Ground, is a herb and vegetable seedling nursery, that adds to her simple lifestyle, rich with activism and a love of all things green. Miranda’s passion however is permaculture and she regularly opens her farm gates to encourage others to reconnect with the art of growing food, for people's health as well as for the earth's wellbeing.

May 19

17 min 15 sec

Dr Elissa Burton is a qualified sports scientist and Senior Research Fellow at Curtin University in Western Australia (WA). Elissa’s research focuses on helping older adults to live in their home for as long as they choose, through healthy living strategies. Much of Elissa’s work has been with older adults who receive home care services, preventing falls in this population, and encouraging healthy older adults to participate more in strength and balance training. Elissa is currently conducting a large NHMRC research study in WA for people living with mild cognitive impairment to reduce the rate of cognitive decline and falls and improve physical health and quality of life.

May 12

20 min 22 sec

Ronni Kahn is a social entrepreneur and founder of Australian food rescue charity OzHarvest that distributes food to the disadvantaged around Australia. OzHarvest delivers the equivalent of 25 million meals a year that would otherwise be dumped. Ronni also created the NESTprogram – Nutrition, Education & Sustenance Training – which aims to educate vulnerable Australians about nutrition and healthy eating, providing valuable life skills to disadvantaged and marginalised communities.

May 12

19 min 38 sec

Dr Ben Milbourn, Ph. D is Senior Lecturer, (teaching and research) in Occupational Therapy, Curtin School of Allied Health-Curtin University, Western Australia. Ben trained as an occupational therapist (OT) in the United Kingdom (UK), working in New Zealand, Australia and the UK practising occupational therapy in mental health and disability.  Ben is a member of Curtin Autism Research Group (CARG) and is interested in research with a strong community focus, working alongside autistic individuals to promote social inclusion, wellbeing and positive mental health. Ben is passionate about co-produced research and developing strengths-based programs in the community. In this conversation with Cate Mercer, Autism and lived experience is discussed.

May 11

22 min 47 sec

Carla van Laar is an Artist and Arts Therapist. Carla currently lives and works in Victoria, South Eastern Australia, on the traditional lands of the Boon Wurrung people in Inverloch. Carla has 30 years’ experience working with people and the arts for health and wellbeing in community organisations, justice, health and education contexts. She has also lectured and supervised Art Therapy students at a number of institutions and in 2018 received an Artist Fellowship at RMIT’s creative research lab, “Creative Agency”. She insists on being part of a creative revolution in which art re-embodies lived experience, brings us to our senses, makes us aware of the interconnectedness of all life and is an agent of social change. Carla’s first book “Bereaved Mother’s Heart” broke social taboos about maternal grief, and her latest book “Seeing her stories,” is based on her Doctoral research and continues her mission of making unseen stories visible through art.

May 11

21 min 14 sec

Karin Lindgaard has a PhD in philosophy from Swinburne University in Australia and is a registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist. In this podcast, Cate Mercer asks Karin to explain embodiment therapies, and how they can be useful as a different approach to mental health and wellness. Karin has also written a book about feeling and embodiment entitled Taking Heart and Making Sense: Feeling in the Body in the World.

May 11

21 min 14 sec

In this podcast, Cate Mercer talks with Dr Jodie Lowinger who is an award-winning clinical psychologist; international expert in anxiety, mindset and resilience; and CEO/Founder of The Anxiety Clinic in Sydney, Australia, where she has helped thousands of adults, children and adolescents with anxiety, stress, mood and behavioural challenges. Dr Jodie is on a heart-driven mission to equip people with practical, proven techniques to relieve anxiety, stress, worry and fear and build resilient, high-performing and empowered action. She is a High Performance and Mindset Coach to global business leaders and elite athletes, where she helps them engage in mindset, performance and resilience strategies to succeed. Dr Jodie has received the University Medal for Psychology (UNSW) in Australia, and has worked and trained at Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital and St Vincent's Hospital Anxiety Disorders Unit. She is also author of the book: "The Mind Strength Method: Four Steps to Curb Anxiety, Conquer Worry and Build Resilience." 

May 11

17 min 53 sec

Over the past 20 odd years Robert has been challenging and transforming the food and agricultural system in Australia. As a former organic dairy farmer and market gardener he has become known as a practical and hands on social entrepreneur working at the systems end of changing the way business can pivot away from the malaise the current food system works. In 2004 he founded Food Connect, a dynamic multi-farmer food distribution enterprise with an innovative community-based distribution system. In 2009, the Food Connect Foundation was launched to increase the scope of the fair food movement internationally and across Australia. Robert is a member of the national board of Australian Social Enterprise Advisory Group, co-founder of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, and a founding member on the Board of The global software organisation Open Food Network.  Robert loves his blended family of four children, and his favourite foods are beer, butter and good bread.

May 11

23 min 57 sec

On this week's podcast, Cate talks with Yumiko Kadota. All Yumiko ever wanted was to be a surgeon. Young, gifted and dedicated, Yumiko graduated her medical degree with Honours, and was well on her way to becoming an outstanding plastic and reconstructive surgeon. She spent fourteen years studying, working 70+ hour weeks, on call for days at a time, working at numerous hospitals across two states, doing whatever was asked of her – because that’s what was needed to become a doctor. Work life balance was non-existent. Her personal life was one of bargaining with friends and loved ones, a constant cycle of cancelling plans and making up for them. In 2018, she quit. Fourteen years of working towards her dream had taken its toll: the mental, physical and emotional strain had brought her to a tipping point. Yumiko had spent years in a world where she needed to stay calm and professional in the face of racism, sexual harassment, sexism, chauvinism, discrimination, favouritism, ageism. A world enshrouded by a professional code of silence ... where the pressures and stresses of heavy workloads drove people to suicide ... where people were afraid to report inappropriate behaviour ... where Yumiko fantasised about the level of injury required for her to be exempt from performing surgery. On this podcast you will hear all about Yumiko’s rugged journey through ambition and dedication, to exploitation, eventual collapse – and beyond.

May 11

17 min 10 sec

Dr Liz Isenring is passionate about improving lives via evidence-based nutrition and wellness consulting. Dr Liz is a Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics, Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist. Recognised as an international nutrition and wellness expert, she has published over 150 peer-reviewed scientific papers and books, received AUD 4, 000, 000 in research support and is a highly sought-after keynote speaker. Her work is used by over 40 counties and helped hundreds of thousands of people to improve their nutrition and health.

May 11

18 min 29 sec

In our podcast this week, Cate talks with Dr Michael Mosley about Sleep. Dr Mosley is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fast Diet, The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet, The Clever Guts Diet, The Fast 800, and Fast Asleep. Dr Mosley trained to be a doctor at the Royal Free Hospital in London before joining the BBC, where he spent three decades as a science journalist and executive producer. Now freelance, he is a well-known television personality and was named Medical Journalist of the Year by the British Medical Association.

May 11

20 min 17 sec

In our podcast this week, Cate Mercer talks with Dr Michael Mosley about Weight Loss and Fasting. Dr Mosley is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fast Diet, The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet, The Clever Guts Diet, The Fast 800, and Fast Asleep. Dr Mosley trained to be a doctor at the Royal Free Hospital in London before joining the BBC, where he spent three decades as a science journalist and executive producer. Now freelance, he is a well-known television personality and was named Medical Journalist of the Year by the British Medical Association.

May 11

24 min 56 sec

Our podcast with Cate Mercer today, is with Dr Simon Wilksch; BPsych (Hons), PhD (Clinical Psychology), who is both a researcher and clinician in the area of eating disorders. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, leading research projects in the area of eating disorder risk factors, prevention, early intervention, and improving treatment experience and outcomes for patients and their families. He also runs a clinic of nine therapists providing treatment to over 300 children, adolescents and adults each year who are experiencing an eating disorder. Together with Tracey Wade, he has developed Media Smart, a school-based eating disorder risk reduction program that has been found to have a range of beneficial outcomes for adolescents with eating disorders in large-scale randomised control trials (RCTs).

May 11

18 min 46 sec

On this week’s podcast, Cate  interviews Dr Gillian Ross, best selling producer of yoga and meditation CDs and ABC author of four books on science, spirituality and self-transformation including Consciousness V Catastrophe: Reflections on the Next  Stage of Human Evolution. Dr Ross talks about the growth of consciousness, yoga nidra and how to do it at home, and what it means to be an evolutionary mystic.

May 11

21 min 52 sec

In this interview, Cate Mercer talks with Dr Arne Rubenstein who was motivated to leave Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine to create programs that could provide much-needed answers and tools to support young men and women be more happy and motivated about life. His book The Making of Men and has won multiple awards and Dr Arne was nominated in 2008 for Australian of the Year for his work. He is now internationally recognised as an expert on Childhood Development and Rites of Passage. His programs have been attended by over 200,000 people in more than 20 countries around the world and are also in more than 50 schools around Australia.

May 11

22 min 18 sec

In this podcast Cate Mercer talks with Teri Licntenstein, Practising Dietitian, sports dietitian, nutritionist about a report (2020) that compares the nutritional value of processed plant-based foods with processed conventional foods such as sausages, hamburgers and chicken-style pieces. Teri Lichtenstein is the director of FoodBytes, a nutrition consultancy that empowers brands and organisations to communicate nutritional information to a broad range of audiences including health professionals and consumers. The findings from the report are quite revealing, with the plant-based foods providing equal if not more nutritional benefits. If you care about your food and what you eat, this is a really good one to listen too.

May 11

17 min 34 sec