Wellbeing is a guide to a healthier lifestyle and is heard nationally in Australia via the Community Broadcasting Association.

The program began at 2NURFM in 1994 when Professor Rob Sanson-Fisher was the host, and other hosts include Dr Virginia Reid, Riley Taylor, Jane Klein and Iris Nichols. The executive producer is Graham Wilson.

If you would like to suggest topics we could cover please let us know. You can contact us on wellbeing@2nurfm.com.

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Latest Editions

28 Nov 2019, 10am

28 Nov 2019, 10am Wellbeing Dr Delcourt is a Senior Research Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health, where she leads the neurology program and is also a clinical neurologist. The rate of stroke, adjusted for age, is going down in Australia, but because we are an ageing population, stroke is an increasing burden. There are good treatments, and there are also lifestyle choices we can make to lower the risk. For more information visit The George Institute for Health

14 Nov 2019, 10am

14 Nov 2019, 10am Wellbeing A new large-scale study has shown that older people can muti-task as well as those in their twenties – with some learning. "Contrary to common belief, our brain continues to develop throughout our lifespan. This development is implemented differently in the minds of the young and old, ill and healthy," says Professor Karayanidis.

29 Aug 2019, 1pm

29 Aug 2019, 1pm Wellbeing Dean O’Rourke specialises in bio-feedback breathing analysis and clinical training technologies for the optimisation of breathing and orofacial function. He works with sufferers of a broad range of chronic conditions such as asthma, respiratory allergies, recurrent respiratory infections, pre ortho and orthodontic conditions, sleep disorders, chronic pain management and anxiety disorders. He also specialises in advanced sports specific breathing training for elite sports performance.

22 Aug 2019, 1pm

22 Aug 2019, 1pm Wellbeing SHED-IT Recharge is a trial of 120 men who will receive new, cutting-edge strategies on feeling mentally well, along with existing resources designed to teach them how to lose weight, become more active and improve their diet without eating like a rabbit.

9 May 2019, 1pm

9 May 2019, 1pm Wellbeing Robyn Latimer OAM, President of the Turette Syndrome Association of Australia Inc. discusses Turette syndrome, a nuerological disorder characterised by rapid, repetitive and involuntary muscle movements and vocalisations called tics, and often involves behavioural difficulties.

18 Apr 2019, 1pm

18 Apr 2019, 1pm Wellbeing Tim Roberts, Emeritus Professor, School of Enivronmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle, is acknowledged as an expert in the area of chronic pain, fatigue and autism. The premise behind his approach is that all disease has a molecular basis. His research consistently finds that there is a distinct profile obtained that correlates with a particular symptom set. The data are used to propose to the clinician treatment options that often are aimed at normalising the metabolism of the individual.

7 Feb 2019, 2pm

7 Feb 2019, 2pm Wellbeing With 35% of Australians deemed to be obese, Professor Garry Egger gives a timely warning on the health risks of obesity and what to do about it.

6 Dec 2018, 11am

6 Dec 2018, 11am Wellbeing An independent study has found that air pollution produced by New South Wales coal-fired power stations causes 279 deaths in the state. The research undertaken by epidemiologist Dr Ben Ewald is the first of its kind in Australia, and his analysis also found that 233 babies are born with a low birth weight (less than 2.5kg), and 369 people in NSW develop Type 2 diabetes due to air pollution from burning coal for power.

13 Sep 2018, 10am

13 Sep 2018, 10am Wellbeing Naturopath, Peter Mullen, discusses anxiety, what triggers it, and how to manage it from a whole person perspective. Peter studied Naturopathy at the NSW College of Natural Therapies and has diplomas in herbal medicine, homeopathy and remedial therapy. He has also undertaken further study in clinical nutrition and natural fertility management. He is an advanced Hemaview Practitioner and a Frequency Specific Microcurrent Practitioner.

6 Sep 2018, 10am

6 Sep 2018, 10am Wellbeing Associate Professor Jane Muir is Head of Translational Nutrition Science in the Department of Gastroenterology, Central Clinical School, Monash University. Her primary focus has been assisting with the development of new diet therapies to treat and control diet-related gastrointestinal dysfunction. A major focus of her research involved a new area of carbohydrate research involving poorly absorbed short chain carbohydrates (called FODMAPs). FODMAPs stands for Fermentable Oligo- Di- and Mono-saccharides And Polyols).

30 Aug 2018, 10am

30 Aug 2018, 10am Wellbeing Associate Professor Simon Keely (Gastrointestinal Research Group at the Hunter Medical Research Institute) is focused on studying the cellular processes of digestive disease and infection. The group is particularly interested in mucosal inflammation and how tissues adapt to conditions of oxygen deficiency (hypoxia) in inflamed tissue. This is particularly relevant to chronic inflammatory diseases such as the inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD); Crohn’s disease & ulcerative colitis.

16 Aug 2018, 10am

16 Aug 2018, 10am Wellbeing A new drug to treat osteoarthritis is expected to give millions of Australians relief from pain.

2 Aug 2018, 10am

2 Aug 2018, 10am Wellbeing Led by the Organ and Tissue Authority, DonateLife Week is a key part of the Australian Government’s national reform program to increase organ and tissue donation and transplantation outcomes. Lucinda Barry is the CEO of the Organ and Tissue Authority and, having worked as a trauma nurse, has a passion for her topic.

22 Mar 2018, 11am

22 Mar 2018, 11am Wellbeing The Global Women’s Health Program focuses on research into long-term consequences of non-communicable diseases, sex and gender analyses, and women-specificic health issues.

8 Mar 2018, 11am

8 Mar 2018, 11am Wellbeing Eileen Lavis, physiotherapist, Complete Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy, has some tips on how women can live a healthier life.

23 Nov 2017, 11am

23 Nov 2017, 11am Wellbeing Prof. Niels Birbaumer discusses new ways to help people suffering from depression, anxiety, ADHD, addiction, dementia, the effects of a stroke, or even the extremes of locked-in syndrome.

9 Nov 2017, 2pm

9 Nov 2017, 2pm Wellbeing Manager of Death Cafe, Ruth Boydell, discusses how to to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.

2 Nov 2017, 2pm

2 Nov 2017, 2pm Wellbeing Jane Klein speaks with Emeritus Professor Trevor Parmenter, whose passion is adults with a developmental disability.

26 Oct 2017, 2pm

26 Oct 2017, 2pm Wellbeing Jane Klein speaks with some of the people who contribute to the improvment of the lives of the vietnamese people through improved health.

5 Oct 2017, 2pm

5 Oct 2017, 2pm Wellbeing Professor Hans Diehl discusses lifestyle choices that result in optimal health.

3 Aug 2017, 1pm

3 Aug 2017, 1pm Wellbeing Associate Professor Tracy Burrows combines psychology, medical radiation imaging and biochemistry in the hunt for more effective dietary assessment methods and treatment of childhood obesity.

27 Jul 2017, 1pm

27 Jul 2017, 1pm Wellbeing Stuart Loveday, CEO, Hepatitis NSW, discusses the cause and management of Hepatitis.

6 Jul 2017, 1pm

6 Jul 2017, 1pm Wellbeing Kristin Osborn discusses lymphoedema, sharing the latest in technology, education, techniques and advice for correcting malfunctioning lymphatic systems.

25 May 2017, 1pm

25 May 2017, 1pm Wellbeing Julie Heraghty, CEO, Macular Disease Foundation, discusses a group of Australians who are caring for their parents, and also their own children or grandchildren but who may be negelecting their own health.

4 May 2017, 1pm

4 May 2017, 1pm Wellbeing Educator, author, nutritionist and naturopath Barbara O’Neill talks about her journey of natural healing.

23 Mar 2017, 2pm

23 Mar 2017, 2pm Wellbeing Today’s kids are well connected to smart devices and social media platforms. Growing up digitally offers exciting opportunities, but also has its challenges.

16 Mar 2017, 2pm

16 Mar 2017, 2pm Wellbeing Naturopath, Peter Mullen describes what Naturopathy can do for your health.

2 Feb 2017, 2pm

2 Feb 2017, 2pm Wellbeing Julie Heraghty and Associate Professor Lisa Keay discuss access to vision aids and technologies for older Australians.

22 Dec 2016, 2pm

22 Dec 2016, 2pm Wellbeing Dr Blanche Grube discusses how what is used to fill or repair our teeth might be connected to a variety of health issues.

1 Dec 2016, 2pm

1 Dec 2016, 2pm Wellbeing Ingrid Airlie talks her organisation I Am Here, a place to give carers and their loved ones an opportunity to rejuvenate from trauma events.

17 Nov 2016, 2pm

17 Nov 2016, 2pm Wellbeing Dr Peggy Kern discusses how to turn our feelings into a more positive direction.

6 Oct 2016, 2pm

6 Oct 2016, 2pm Wellbeing Julie Hergarty is the CEO of the Macular Disease Foundation and she reminds us about the importance of early detection. Ruth Cameron also joins to program to talk about how she manages her macular disease.

15 Sep 2016, 1pm

15 Sep 2016, 1pm Wellbeing Liptember is a campaign dedicated to raising funds and awareness for women’s mental health and the initiative is discussed by Professor Louise Newman, the Director of the Centre for Women’s Mental Health at the Royal Women’s Hospital and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne.

21 Jul 2016, 1pm

21 Jul 2016, 1pm Wellbeing Dr Virginia Reid talks to Dr Angel Alonzo who has worked at the Black Dog Institute since 2008, co-ordinating the clinical research trials of the Sydney Neurostimulation Centre involving novel brain stimulation techniques such as transcranial Direct Current Stimulation and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for the treatment of depression.

21 Jul 2016, 1pm

21 Jul 2016, 1pm Wellbeing Dr Virginia Reid talks to Dr Jackie Maybin about relief for heavy menstrual bleeding. Dr Maybin is a researcher at the Centre for Reproductive Biology at the University of Edinburgh.

14 Jul 2016, 1pm

14 Jul 2016, 1pm Wellbeing Dr Virginia Reid talks to John Elder Robison, an adult with autism who is the author of the three books RAISING CUBBY, LOOK ME IN THE EYE, and BE DIFFERENT.

7 Jul 2016, 1pm

7 Jul 2016, 1pm Wellbeing Professor Bruce Neal discusses a nutrition app, Foodswitch, that help you find out what is in the food you’re eating and suggests simple, healthier solutions. At the George Institute for Global Health, Professor Neal is Senior Director, Food Policy Division, and Chair of the Australian Division of World Action on Salt and Health.

23 Jun 2016, 1pm

23 Jun 2016, 1pm Wellbeing Dr John Van Der Kallen discusses the affects of climate change and how to mitigate these.

16 Jun 2016, 1pm

16 Jun 2016, 1pm Wellbeing Dr John Van Der Kallen discusses the effects of cimate change on human health.

9 Jun 2016, 1pm

9 Jun 2016, 1pm Wellbeing Dr Meredith Prain discusses deafblindness and how those affected can enjoy a high quality of life.

2 Jun 2016, 1pm

2 Jun 2016, 1pm Wellbeing Julie Heraghty, CEO of the Macular Disease Foundation, discusses what is being done to manage macular disease.

Dr Candice Delcourt, stroke as a neurological condition

Dr Delcourt is a Senior Research Fellow at The George Insititue for Global Health, where she leads the neurology program and is also a clinical neurologist. The rate of stroke, adjusted for age, is going down in Australia, but because we are an ageing population, stroke is an increasing burden. There are good treatments, and there are also lifestyle choice we can make to lower the risk.

Dr Candice Delcourt

Dr Candice Delcourt

Professor Frini Karayanidis, multi-tasking and other cognitive issues

A new large-scale study has shown that older people can muti-task as well as those in their twenties – with some learning. “Contrary to common belief, our brain continues to develop throughout our lifespan. This development is implemented differently in the minds of the young and old, ill and healthy,” says Professor Karayanidis.

Professor Frini Karayanidis

Professor Frini Karayanidis

Dean O’Rourke, breathing therapy

Dean O’Rourke specialises in bio-feedback breathing analysis and clinical training technologies for the optimisation of breathing and orofacial function. He works with sufferers of a broad range of chronic conditions such as asthma, respiratory allergies, recurrent respiratory infections, pre ortho and orthodontic conditions, sleep disorders, chronic pain management and anxiety disorders. He also specialises in advanced sports specific breathing training for elite sports performance. Read more.

Dean O’Rourke

Dean O’Rourke

Dr Myles Young, men’s health

Myles Young from The University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition, is committed to improving men’s health through gender targeted and sustainable weight loss programs. The SHED-IT research study has been redeveloped with a renewed focus on helping men lift their mood, not just lose weight.

Professor Tim Roberts, chronic fatigue syndrome

Tim Roberts, Emeritus Professor, School of Enivronmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle, is acknowledged as an expert in the area of chronic pain, fatigue and autism.

The premise behind his approach is that all disease has a molecular basis. His research consistently finds that there is a distinct profile obtained that correlates with a particular symptom set. The data are used to propose to the clinician treatment options that often are aimed at normalising the metabolism of the individual.

Professor Tim Roberts

Professor Tim Roberts

Professor Garry Egger, health risks of obesity

A pioneer of Lifestyle Medicine, Professor Garry Egger provides advice on chronic disease prevention to the World Health Organisation and several government and corporate bodies.

Professor Egger discusses the causes of overweight and obesity, how excess fat impacts health, and what can be done about it.

Professor Garry Egger

Professor Garry Egger

Dr Ben Ewald, health impacts of air pollution from coal-fired power stations

An independent study has found that air pollution produced by New South Wales coal-fired power stations cause 279 deaths in the state.

The research undertaken by epidemiologist Dr Ben Ewald is the first of its kind in Australia, and his analysis also found that 233 babies are born with a low birth weight (less than 2.5kg), and 369 people in NSW develop Type 2 diabetes due to air pollution from burning coal for power.

Dr Ben Ewald

Dr Ben Ewald

Peter Mullen, naturopath, anxiety

Naturopath, Peter Mullen, discusses anxiety, what triggers it, and how to manage it from a whole person perspective.

Peter studied Naturopathy at the NSW College of Natural Therapies and has diplomas in herbal medicine, homeopathy and remedial therapy. He has also undertaken further study in clinical nutrition and natural fertility management. He is an advanced Hemaview Practitioner and a Frequency Specific Microcurrent Practitioner.

Peter Mullen

Peter Mullen

Associate Professor Jane Muir, FODMAPs

Jane Muir is currently Head of Translational Nutrition Science in the Department of Gastroenterology, Central Clinical School, Monash University. Her primary focus has been assisting with the development of new diet therapies to treat and control diet-related gastrointestinal dysfunction.

​A major focus of her research involved a new area of carbohydrate research involving poorly absorbed short chain carbohydrates (called FODMAPs). FODMAPs stands for Fermentable Oligo- Di- and Mono-saccharides And Polyols).

Associate Professor Jane Muir

Associate Professor Jane Muir

Associate Professor Simon Keely, gastrointestinal inflammation and infections

​Simon Keely (Gastrointestinal Research Group at the Hunter Medical Research Institute) is focused on studying the cellular processes of digestive disease and infection. The group is particularly interested in mucosal inflammation and how tissues adapt to conditions of oxygen deficiency (hypoxia) in inflamed tissue. This is particularly relevant to chronic inflammatory diseases such as the inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD); Crohn’s disease & ulcerative colitis.

Associate Professor Simon Keely

Associate Professor Simon Keely

Professor Peter Ghosh, osteoarthritis

The pain from osteoarthritis could be greatly reduced with the use of the drug Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium. Discovered by Australian scientist Professor Peter Ghosh and the Australian company Paradigm Biopharma, this treatment could help eliminate the need for surgery to these painful joints.

Professor Peter Ghosh

Professor Peter Ghosh

Lucinda Barry, organ and tissue donation

Led by the Organ and Tissue Authority, DonateLife Week is a key part of the Australian Government’s national reform program to increase organ and tissue donation and transplantation outcomes. Lucinda Barry is the CEO of the Organ and Tissue Authority and, having worked as a trauma nurse, has a passion for her topic.

Lucinda Barry

Lucinda Barry

Dr Brendon Neuen, multimorbidity

Dr Brendon Neuen is a PhD Scholar at The George Institute for Global Health, a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sydney, and a Medical Registrar at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

It is becoming more common for someone to have several different appointments in just a few days with different medical teams in different clinics. Dr Neuen discusses the implications of multimorbidity for the patients, their carers and the health care system.

Dr Brendon Neuen

Dr Brendon Neuen

Kelly Thompson, women’s global health

Kelly Thompson is Program Manager, Global Women’s Health at The George Institute for Global Health.

The Global Women’s Health Program focuses on research into long-term consequences of non-communicable diseases, sex and gender analyses, and women-specificic health issues.

Kelly Thompson

Kelly Thompson

Eileen Lavis, women’s health from a physiotherapy perspective

​Eileen Lavis graduated from the University of Sydney in 1993 with a degree in Physiotherapy. As an undergraduate Eileen had a keen interest in women’s health doing her elective positions at The Royal Women’s Hospital in Sydney when it was at Paddington.

Eileen with her team of Continence and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists specialise in the field of pelvic floor rehabilitation working from Complete Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy locations in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.

Eileen Lavis

Eileen Lavis

Professor Niels Birbaumer, development of brain-computer interfaces

​Author of Your Brain Knows More Than You Think – the new frontiers of neuroplasticity, Professor Niels Birbaumer is a pychologist and neurobiologist who has spent more that 40 years conducting research into brain-computer interfaces. His work brings new hope to those suffering from depression, anxiety, ADHD, addiction, dementia, the effects of a stroke, or even the extremes of locked-in syndrome or psychopathy.

Professor Niels Birbaumer

Professor Niels Birbaumer

Ruth Boydell, Manager of Death Cafe

At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.

​Ruth Boydell’s role is to offer help to a group of people through discussion with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather a grief support or counseling session.

For more information, you can check their website

Ruth Boydell

Ruth Boydell

Emeritus Professor Trevor Parmenter, developmental disabilities

Emeritus Professor Trevor Parmenter  has published widely on disability issues including employment, supported living, classification of support needs, behaviour support, mental and physical health, quality of life, autism, family studies, ageing, policy development and program evaluation.

Jane Klein speaks with ​Emeritus Professor Trevor Parmenter, whose passion is adults with a developmental disability.

Emeritus Professor Trevor Parmenter

Emeritus Professor Trevor Parmenter

Học Mãi, The Australia Viêtnam Medical Foundation

Học Mãi, The Australia Viêtnam Medical Foundation, is a non-profit foundation of the University of Sydney established to improve medical education in Viêtnam through a partnership of Australian and Vietnamese medical and healthcare knowledge as well as experience.

Jane Klein has participated in the program over several years, and speaks with some of the people who contribute to the improvement of the lives of the Viêtnamese people through better health.

Học Mãi

Học Mãi

Professor Hans Diehl, lifestyle medicine

Hailed as one of America’s Top 20 Superheroes of Health, Professor Hans Diehl is the founder of CHIP, the Complete Health Improvement Program. Hear him explain how our wellbeing is influenced by our lifestyle and food choices.

Hans Diehl is a best-selling author, a clinical professor of preventative medicine at Loma Linda University, California, and is a leading advocate for eating the kind of foods that promote health and reverse killer diseases.

Professor Hans Diehl

Professor Hans Diehl

Dr Tracy Burrows, childhood obesity 

Dr Tracy Burrows shows there’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach to mainstream nutrition, combining psychology, medical radiation imaging and biochemistry in the hunt for more effective dietary assessment methods and treatment.

Read more about the research Dr Burrows is doing.

Dr Tracy Burrows

Dr Tracy Burrows

Stuart Loveday, CEO, Hepatitis NSW

Hepatitis can be a life-threatening disease and many people who have it may not know it. Though hepatitis — or  inflammation of the liver — can be caused by alcohol or diet, this program looks mainly at viral causes and how to treat them.

Hepatitis NSW
Phone 1800 803 990

Stuart Loveday

Stuart Loveday

Kristin Osborn, lymphedema
Lymphedema is a condition of localised fluid retention and tissue swelling caused by a compromised lymphatic system.

Click here to learn more about Kristin Osborn’s work

Kristin Osborn

Kristin Osborn

Julie Heraghty, CEO Macular Disease Foundation

Julie Heraghty joined Macular Disease Foundation Australia as Chief Executive Officer in 2004. The activities of the Foundation over this time have resulted in Australia becoming a world leader in awareness of macular degeneration.

Julie Heraghty

Julie Heraghty

Barbara O’Neill, author, educator, qualified naturopath and nutrutionist

Barbara is passionate about good health and natural healing. She believes in giving the body optimum conditions in order for it to heal itself.

Click here to learn more about Barbara O’Neill

Barbara O’Neill

Barbara O’Neill

Jocelyn Brewer, Psychology of technology

Digital technology is changing our lives — we use it to socialise, entertain ourselves and learn new things. Today’s kids have only known a digital world of connectedness.

Jocelyn Brewer discusses the psychology of growing up in a digital age and why smartphones don’t have a negative effect on teenagers development.

Click here to learn more about Jocelyn Brewer

Jocelyn Brewer

Jocelyn Brewer

Peter Mullen, Naturopath

Naturopathy uses the best of both scientific evidence and traditional medicine to form a complete system of health care. Naturopathy is underpinned by six principles: the healing power of nature; first do no harm; find and treat the cause whenever possible, not only the symptoms; treat the whole person; education; prevention.

​Peter Mullen touches on the history and philosophy of naturopathy, and talks about what to expect in a consultation with a naturopath. Peter Mullen’s practice in Newcastle is Mullen Natural Health.

Peter Mullen

Peter Mullen

‘Low Vision, quality of life and independence: A review of the evidence on aids and technologies’ is a new report, by Macular Disease Foundation Australia produced in collaboration with The George Institute for Global Health.

The report highlights the evidence base supporting the benefits of aids and technologies for those with vision loss and blindness in order to connect and engage with the world, maintain independence and enhance quality of life. However, despite these benefits, there are barriers to accessing low vision aids in Australia particularly for those in most need – the 100,000 older Australians with vision loss and blindness. The major barrier is cost.

Julie Heraghty & Associate Professor Lisa Keay

Julie Heraghty & Associate Professor Lisa Keay

Dr Blanche D. Grube  – Wholistic dentistry and the Huggins-Grube Protocol

Our teeth are something we use every day – for eating, communicating, they are a big part of our smile, and they are important for our wellbeing.

Dr Grube explains how what is used to fill or repair our teeth might be connected to a variety of health issues.

Dr Blanche Grube

Dr Blanche D. Grube

Dr Blanche D. Grube

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