2019 Speakers

Costa Georgiadis, landscape architect and much loved host of Gardening Australia, ABC TV

Meshel Laurie, popular radio and television broadcaster and best-selling author

Dr Tjanara Goreng Goreng, Wakka Wakka/Wulli Wiulli Traditional Owner from Central Queensland, academic lecturer and university researcher

Dr Tim Sharp, leading positive psychologist, executive coach and founder of The Happiness Institute

Professor Toni Noble, leading teacher, educator and psychologist in student wellbeing and positive education

Dr John Maddocks, award-winning travel photojournalist and novelist

Sean Hall, awarded marketer, innovator and strategist, Energx Founder



Shannon Harvey, journalist, filmmaker, author and director of the internationally acclaimed documentary, The Connection: Mind Your Body

Catherine Davidson, conflict and disputes prevention and resolution expert and leading mediator

Michelle McQuaid, workplace wellbeing teacher, playful change activator and best-selling author

Michael Mosley, one of the world’s leading authorities on health and wellbeing, science journalist and best-selling author, UK

Professor Elissa Epel, international expert in chronic stress and co-author, with Nobel Prize winning molecular biologist Dr Elizabeth Blackburn, of The Telomere Effect, USA

Dr Fred Luskin, pioneering researcher into the healing power of forgiveness and director of the Stanford University Project, USA

Professor Amit Bernstein, working with traumatised refugees to develop science backed interventions that could prevent a mental health disaster, Israel

Father Rod Bower, Anglican priest and passionate advocate for human rights, much loved for his social justice billboards

Dr Sarah McKay, neuroscientist specialising in translating brain research into simple actionable strategies for creativity, health and wellbeing

Professor Ross G Menzies, CBT specialist working with obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety and mood disorders, and anger-related problems


Sophie Scott, award-winning national medical reporter for ABC TV, radio and online

Sue Langley, master trainer and leading advisor in the practical application of positive psychology

Morris Gleitzman, one of Australia’s funniest and best-loved authors for young people and Australian Children’s Laureate 2018-2019

Jocelyn Brewer, psychologist with a special interest in the psychology of technology and staying human in a digital age

Professor Ken Hillman, practising intensive care specialist who is a passionate advocate of improving the management of dying patients

Nic Newling, outspoken advocate for mental health, suicide prevention and sharing personal stories

Dr Jodie Lowinger, clinical psychologist passionate about sharing her expertise in managing anxiety and building resilience 

Tenzin Choegyal, acclaimed Tibetan musician, composer, activist and cultural ambassador

Thea O’Connor, workplace wellbeing and productivity advisor, championing the concept of body intelligence

Jane Mathews, marketing expert, tour guide and author who enjoys her own company

Drew Harrisberg, exercise physiologist, sports scientist and diabetes educator who is happy, healthy and thriving with Type 1 diabetes

Dr Doris Brett, writer, clinical psychologist and award-winning poet

Kerry Cue, humourist, mathematician, journalist and author