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.

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Latest Editions

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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