Health & Wellbeing Speakers

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Want to inspire your delegates or colleagues to live and work with true vitality? Areas of speciality include Health & Wellbeing Speakers. A refreshing, cliché-free keynote speaker, Thea O’Connor creates impact by connecting audiences with their innate intelligence. Thea works with leaders, teams and individuals to improve personal wellbeing and workplace effectiveness – vital ingredients for long-term career success.

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Dr. Lisa Chimes gets to combine her love of animals and her passion for television with her role as one of the vets on Channel Ten prime time program "Bondi Vet". After graduating from Sydney University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science with first class honours, Lisa completed her internship in veterinary emergency and critical care in Melbourne. Areas of speciality include Health & Wellbeing Speakers. It was during these years that Lisa discovered her passion for providing specialist and compassionate care for dogs and cats (all breeds and sizes!) In 2008, Lisa moved back to her home suburb of Bondi to work at SASH – the small animal specialist hospital – situated in North Ryde, Sydney.
  • Purina
  • The Animal Welfare League
  • Atopic Dermatitis Awarness for Dogs

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Popular columnist, author, blogger and media personality, Mia Freedman has been called the voice of her generation. Areas of speciality include Health & Wellbeing Speakers. As a former magazine editor and chair of the National Body Image Advisory group, Mia continues to be a high profile advocate for a more realistic portrayal of women in the media.
  • Cleo Magazine
  • Australian Cosmopolitan
  • National Body Image Advisory Group

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Writer and broadcaster David Dale is Australia's most respected and most entertaining commentator on popular culture. He knows how Australians shop, read, socialise, eat, travel, and amuse themselves, and he explains the national character with wit and insight. Areas of speciality include Health & Wellbeing Speakers. David Dale graduated from Sydney University with honours in psychology, but decided he would do less harm to the cause of mental health if he went into journalism. He has been a political reporter for The Australian, a sub-editor for General Practitioner, features editor of The Sun-Herald, Editor of The Bulletin, New York correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald, and broadcaster for ABC Radio 702 and Radio 2GB.

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John Ahern had it all: a high-flying job, big house, loving wife and two great kids. But if this was success why did he sense he was failing as a husband and father? Areas of speciality include Health & Wellbeing Speakers. So John does something completely insane. He blows his career apart, quits the working world, and with wife Mandy, buys a busted-up old campervan online with one grand goal in mind: a year on the road…with kids.
  • Flight Centre
  • Australian Society of Authors

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Lisa Curry is best known for her long and successful swimming career. Areas of speciality include Health & Wellbeing Speakers. She has competed in three Olympic Games (Moscow in 1980, Los Angeles in 1984 and Barcelona in 1992); two World Championships (Berlin in 1978 and Ecuador in 1982); and three Commonwealth Games (Edmonton in 1978, Brisbane in 1982 and Auckland in 1990). Her competitive swimming career spans an awe-inspiring 23 years during which she collected 24 gold medals, 21 silver medals and 8 bronze medals at international competitions.
  • Member of the Order of the British Empire 1982
  • Sport Australia Hall of Fame 1985
  • Medal of the Order of Australia 1994
  • Australian Sports Medal 2000
  • Centenary Medal 2001
  • Officer of the Order of Australia 2008
  • National Australia Day Council

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Highly in demand as a public speaker, Nigel Marsh travels the globe regularly giving speeches to major corporations on both his business and personal views. His TED speech on work/life balance remains the most viewed ever given outside America with well over two million hits. Areas of speciality include Health & Wellbeing Speakers. Nigel is best known for his creative pursuits. As well as the author of three books – Fat, Forty and Fired, Overworked and Underlaid and Fit, Fifty and Fired-Up – he is also the co-founder of Earth Hour and the founder of the Sydney Skinny. His first book is currently being developed into a major TV series in America.
  • Earth Hour Initiative
  • The Sydney Skinny

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Robert de Castella is Australia's greatest ever marathon runner. He set the world record in 1981, became Australia's first Track and Field World Champion in 1983, won two Commonwealth Games marathons in 1982 and 1986 and dominated the event worldwide for most of the 1980s. Areas of speciality include Health & Wellbeing Speakers. While he represented Australia at four Olympic Games, finishing 5th, 8th, 10th and 26th, Robert is probably best remembered for the Brisbane Commonwealth Games when he came from over a minute back to catch, duel and eventually run away from Tanzanian champion JumaIkanga.
  • Member of the Order of the British Empire
  • Australian of the Year 1983
  • Sport Australia Hall of Fame
  • Australian Sports Medal
  • Centenary Medal
  • Australian Institute of Sport 'Best of the Best'
  • Officer of the Order of Australia
  • Commonwealth Games
  • Summer Olympics
  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • IAAF World Championships

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A designer, writer and speaker, known for his stylish and classic interior designs, Darren Palmer is an established and well-regarded member of the design community. Areas of speciality include Health & Wellbeing Speakers. Darren has a range of experience, having studied fine art and originally starting his career in advertising and owning his own graphic design company. After succumbing to his true passion, Darren now operates his interior design studio and has contributed to GQ Australia, Luxury Home Design, Renovate and Grand Designs Australia Magazine, and also featured as a judge on Channel 9’s successful franchise “The Block”.
  • Nine Network
  • The Block (TV Program)
  • Nespresso
  • Carpet Court
  • Grand Designs Australia Magazine

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"Australia's Most Travelled Woman", that's the title earned by Catriona Rowntree after nearly 15 years at the helm of Australia's favourite travel show Getaway on Channel Nine. Her television career began after completing a Diploma of Journalism at Macleay College in 1990, followed by stints researching at BRW and various Sydney newsrooms. Areas of speciality include Health & Wellbeing Speakers. In 1993 Rowntree filmed a story for WonderWorld! and has been employed on-air ever since. That soon led to hosting What’s Up Doc, filmed live on weekends from Melbourne and a paid gig on Triple J radio, hosing the national Weekend Request Show ensued. So began a period of working 7 days a week in 3 states and loving every single second of it.