Australia's First Plant-Based Nutrition Conference Sells Out: New Zealand Is Next

Australia’s First Plant-Based Nutrition Conference Sells Out: New Zealand Is Next


(updated 28th September 2020)

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Dr. Neal Barnard is keynote speaker at the conference (Photo: Steve Shapiro) - Media Credit:

The new Australian health-promotion charity Doctors For Nutrition is launching at a star-studded Gala Dinner in Melbourne tonight. Medical practitioners and service providers, politicians, business and food industry leaders, media influencers and people from all walks of life are converging this weekend to get a taste of the future of healthcare.

Twenty expert presenters across the conference program will discuss the role nutrition can play in promoting healthier, longer lives for patients, their physician colleagues and wider society. The conference has sold out and hundreds of delegates are excited to soak up this ‘first-of-its-kind’ event experience for the Southern Hemisphere.

Dr. Neal Barnard

The keynote speaker at the inaugural Australasian Nutrition in Healthcare Conference (NIHC2019) is US physician Dr. Neal Barnard MD. With over 30 years of research behind him, Dr. Barnard is one of the foremost experts on the subject of plant-based nutrition for the prevention and reversal of chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases and obesity.

Founder and President of the non-profit organisation Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Dr. Barnard has led numerous peer-reviewed studies, written more than 20 books and been interviewed for numerous TV and film productions including The Dr Oz Show, Super Size Me and What The Health.

Dr. Barnard also features in the two Southern Hemisphere documentary film premieres being screened as part of the NIHC2019 – code blue and Diet Fiction. After their Melbourne appearances, Dr. Barnard (and Dr. Scott Stoll) will also be hosted by Doctors For Nutrition at evening symposium events in Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand early next week. Limited tickets to these events are currently still available.


In Melbourne, Dr. Barnard will present alongside other medical doctors, registered dietitians, allied healthcare professionals and patient case studies on the latest science about the leading lifestyle factor to influence health outcomes: our diets. From UK gastroenterologist and gut health expert Dr. Alan Desmond, to local Australian general practitioners and many other specialties in between – each presenter has been convinced by the growing body of peer-reviewed evidence that points to what we eat as being a significant contributor to our health outcomes. The message they are coming together to share at this sold out event is that a whole food plant-based eating pattern is the key to reducing our chances of succumbing to chronic diseases at all stages of life.

Some of the other leading presenters at the NIHC2019 are Dr. Scott Stoll, former Olympian and co-founder of the US non-profit organization The Plantrician Project; Dr. Renae Thomas, an Australian lifestyle medicine practitioner currently based in North America’s only Blue Zone – Loma Linda, California; and New Zealand general practitioner Dr. Luke Wilson, co-author of the BROAD Study – a community-based lifestyle intervention which established impressive weight loss and associated health benefits without calorie restriction.

Australia faces a growing epidemic of chronic non-communicable diseases. Doctors For Nutrition hopes to bring light to the emerging movement towards utilising plant-based nutrition in the frontline of best-practice preventative medicine.

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