The Future of Medicine brings you some of the world’s leading researchers and practitioners, championing a movement to a focus on lifestyle and prevention in our healthcare system.

Professor Julia Rucklidge

Professor of Clinical Psychology

Professor Julia Rucklidge, is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at University of Canterbury, a mental health & nutrition researcher, international TEDx and edX speaker. She recently co-authored the book The Better Brain: How Nutrition Will Help You Overcome Anxiety, Depression, ADHD and Stress; the first book that will tell you both how and why nutrients can be used to treat mental-health issues.

Professor Julia’s interest in nutrition and mental illness was spurred from her own research showing poor outcomes for children with significant psychiatric illness, despite receiving conventional treatments.

Her passion is in helping people find alternative treatments for their psychiatric symptoms, and is well known for her groundbreaking research in this field, winning numerous local and international awards for her work.

Innovation to disruption: The next steps in reducing the burden of mental illness: Friday 18 November 

Professor Grant Schofield

Professor of Public Health, Chief Science Officer PREKURE

Grant Schofield is the Professor of Public Health at Auckland University of Technology, director of the University’s Human Potential Centre, former Chief Scientific Adviser to the Ministry of Education in New Zealand, co-author of four best-selling books and Chief Science Officer for PREKURE.

Professor Grant’s career has focused on preventing the diseases of modern times, and seeing what it takes to help people live a long, healthy and happy life.

He lives and breathes the motto “be the best you can be”, and sees this as a game-changer for the health system – capable of transforming the current health (sickness) model, to one in which we aspire to be well. He is redefining public health as the science of human potential; the study of what it takes to have a great life.

Grant is well known for thinking outside the box and challenging conventional wisdom in nutrition and weight loss, as well as physical activity and exercise.

He brings his fluency across several scientific disciplines – from human physiology, to psychology, to peak performance – to his role at PREKURE, where he delivers world class training in lifestyle medicine.

Hormetic medicine: The future of medicine: Friday 18 November 

Ree George

Mental Health Coach

Ree George is a PREKURE Certified Health Coach specialising in Mental Fitness and Addictive Behaviours with 20+ years experience in the Health & Wellbeing Industry – including Physiotherapy, Fitness, Mindfulness, Gratitude, Breathwork, Pilates and Yoga.

Ree believes that prevention is cure, and that there is a new way of providing health & wellbeing services that will complement (and challenge) our current medical model.

The coach approach to mental health: Bringing health coaching to mental health and addictions: Friday 18 November 

Dr William Ferguson

GP, MBChB, BHB, Dip Obs, FRNZCGP (Dist)

Dr Ferguson has been a General Practitioner in Kumeu, Auckland, for 37 years. Over this time he has enjoyed a sequence of specialty interests, starting with an interest in GP Obstetrics and Maternity care. He was an honorary lecturer at National Women’s Hospital and examiner in the Diploma of Obstetrics for over a decade. His next major interest was in Mental Health, and for 5 years he was clinical GP leader for the mental health program at ProCare, New Zealand’s largest primary health organisation. For 5 years he was also a lecturer in the Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health at the University of Auckland, and was focused on the neurobiology and developmental aspects of mental illness.

More recently his main interests are in Nutritional Medicine, Epigenetics and Genomic Medicine, and especially how this can be applied to benefit patients with chronic mental illness. In this area of interest he has provided lectures for the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. He was awarded a Distinguished Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners in 2018.

New concepts in mental health Friday 18 November 

Dr Robin Youngson

Trauma Therapist & Certified Havening Techniques Practitioner

Robin is a retired anaesthetic specialist and healthcare leader, now working full time as a trauma therapist at his Neuroscience of Healing Clinic in Raglan. He is a certified Havening Techniques Practitioner and Trainer, documenting how trauma can be rapidly healed using the latest advances in neuroscience.

Robin has dedicated his life to improving healthcare. He is an internationally renowned leader in compassionate healthcare and in 2016 was given the Chair’s Award by the New Zealand Medical Association for “Outstanding contribution to health in New Zealand”.

He has been appointed to two national health committees and was the co-author of the report to the Minister of Health that set up frameworks and priorities for healthcare quality and safety in NZ. He was also an advisor to the World Health Organisation on patient safety solutions, and strategies for placing people at the centre of healthcare.

In his clinic leadership roles, he has shown how compassionate processes of conflict resolution can transform clinical outcomes in maternity services and he is a pioneer in open disclosure and apology after healthcare error.

Trauma resolution with havening: Why compassionate medicine matters: Friday 18 November 

Josh Darby

Senior Firefighter and Health Researcher

Josh Darby is a Senior Firefighter with Fire and Emergency New Zealand. He has over 17 years of operational experience serving as both a career and volunteer firefighter. Josh is also a peer supporter and health researcher, having undertaken a postgraduate pathway of violence and trauma studies.

In 2017, Josh was awarded the firefighters scholarship to support his postgraduate study and research examining suicide, psychological injury, and maladaptive behaviour within Fire and Emergency. Since then, Josh has had the opportunity to present his findings to first responders around New Zealand, while also assisting to develop and embed psychological wellbeing initiatives within Fire and Emergency. Currently, he is undertaking further research to examine the impact of non-traumatic organisational stressors on first responders and the potential utility of increasing perceived organisational support to reduce psychological distress and injury.

Trauma informed care: A lens for better mental health practice: Friday 18 November 

Sophia Dawson

Registered Psychologist, BA (Hons), BSc, PGDipPsychPrac

Sophia is a Psychologist who has a passion for nutritional psychology and holistic wellbeing. Sophia is the founder of Bloomers Psychology, a private teletherapy service providing psychological support for those aged 12-24.

Sophia’s primary therapeutic modality is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which has a strong evidence base in working with clients who present with anxiety, depression, and various other psychopathologies.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: How to Create the Life You Want to Live: Friday 18 November 

Frederick Sundram

Associate Professor

Frederick is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland and a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at North Shore Hospital. He was a research fellow at the Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Science at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland where he completed his PhD in Neuroimaging. He has also completed a Masters in Healthcare Management from the Institute of Public Administration, Dublin and a Masters in Healthcare Informatics.

His research interests include mood disorders, neuroimaging, neuropsychopharmacology, self-harm/suicide, medical education, and the overlap between medicine and psychiatry, and digital health.

Frederick will be presenting alongside Doctoral Candidate Sobhan Chatterjee.

Towards Algorithmic Wellness: Exploring Wearable Technology and AI/ML for Depression: Friday 18 November 

Dr Matthew Phillips


Dr Matthew Phillips is a full-time clinical and research neurologist at Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, New Zealand. His foremost passion is to explore the potential feasibility, safety, and efficacy of “metabolic” therapies, particularly fasting and ketogenic diets, in creating alternate metabolic states that may improve not only the symptoms, but also function and quality of life, for people with a variety of difficult neurological disorders including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

In 2017-2018, his team conducted a world-first randomised controlled study of a ketogenic diet in Parkinson’s.

Optimising brain health: Friday 18 November 

Dr Caryn Zinn


Dr Caryn Zinn is an internationally-recognised leader and advocate of the whole food, low carbohydrate, healthy fat (LCHF) nutrition and lifestyle approach and its application to metabolic health and sports performance. Caryn is an academic, an author and a registered dietitian, with over 25 years of consulting experience as a dietitian and is the managing director of her nutrition and lifestyle consultancy practice.

As a clinician in the field of dietetics, Caryn clinical practice focuses on the application of whole food nutrition and lifestyle management for chronic conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, weight management, gut health disorders, and autoimmune conditions.

Her specialty is the application of carbohydrate-restriction nutrition therapy (low carbohydrate, healthy fat,- LCHF – and ketogenic diets) for conditions characterised by insulin resistance and inflammation, as well as in the context of sports performance nutrition.

Food quality. A close look into food quality through the lens of different dietary approaches Saturday 19 November 

Dr Catherine Crofts

Pharmacist & Lecturer

Dr Catherine Crofts is a New Zealand community-based clinical pharmacist and lecturer who firmly believes in using the lowest dose of the least number of medications to treat disease.

Her research foci are the early diagnosis of metabolic syndrome, hyperinsulinaemia, and biometabolic assessment of lifestyle interventions for the management of metabolic diseases.

After 20 years of experience as a practising pharmacist she describes her role as more like a “disease management specialist” than a health professional.

Dr Crofts received her PhD from Auckland University of Technology in 2016 in the early diagnosis of metabolic disease focusing on lifestyle management.

Insulin, glucagon and other metabolites: The big pictureSaturday 19 November 



Brendan Reid

Health Coach & author “The Fat Ginger Nerd”

Brendan Reid, morbidly obese, spent most of the first four decades of his life 90% fatter than those around him. Trying his best to follow the standard advice in order to get healthy, according to the experts, he just wasn’t trying hard enough, had no willpower, and wasn’t doing it right.

Life today is now “awesome”. Five years ago he proved those experts wrong, going on to lose, and maintain, a weight loss of more than 50 kilograms – after figuring things out for himself and the discovery of a low-carb, ketogenic approach to sustainable weight loss.

His story as told in his book “The Fat Ginger Nerd” is nothing short of an inspiration.

Low Carb for Weight Loss: What We Are Told And Why Saturday 19 November 

Julianne Taylor

Registered Nutritionist, NZRN, PGDipSci

Julianne is a Registered Nutritionist with many years of experience working with clients of all types and has a special interest in diet for auto-immune disease. In 1995 Julianne changed her diet to a popular diet of that era, and when her health improved markedly, her fascination for the role of diet in health began. In her postgraduate studies Julianne has investigated dietary interventions in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and carried out qualitative research on the experience of people with RA using a paleo diet or Auto-Immune Protocol (AIP). In her current Masters’ research in 2021 Julianne carried out a pilot intervention study using the AIP diet in Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Autoimmune protocols that can change your life: Saturday 19 November 

Dr Louise Schofield

Behaviour Change Specialist

Louise Schofield is the co-founder and CEO of PREKURE, a purpose driven health education & training provider that exists to inspire the medical profession to become more focused on disease prevention.

With a PhD in behaviour change, Louise is a successful entrepreneur. Prior to establishing PREKURE she spent 15 years leading businesses in the corporate wellbeing industry and developing behaviour change programs to achieve positive wellbeing outcomes.

Louise’ mission is to inspire a change in medicine to be more preventative in focus. She is passionate about eliminating the over-prescribing of medication that offers little or no benefit, poor nutritional advice and programs which don’t work, and for the medical community to embrace a preventative, lifestyle medicine approach.

How to Scale ‘Prevention is Cure’: Saturday 19 November 

Mara Andrews

Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Whakatōhea, Ngāti Raukawa

Deputy Chief Executive, Service Development and Relations
Te Aka Whai Ora | Māori Health Authority

Mara has many years’ experience associated with indigenous development across a variety of sectors. After an extensive public sector career with the Te Puni Kokiri, Māori Land Court, Māori Trust Office, Central Regional Health Authority and the Health Funding Authority (HFA), Mara moved on to set up Kāhui Tautoko Consulting Ltd (NZ) in 2000. In 2008, she successfully opened another office in Vancouver, Canada – located in the traditional territories of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, where she and her
team have worked to support indigenous people for the last 14 years  including being part of the team who established the First Nations Health Authority in BC Canada. In 2017 the Company opened their subsidiary office in Hawai’i working to support Native Hawaiian health developments.
Mara is at the end phase of completing her PhD with Massey University on Tribal Self-Governance in Health Care documenting lessons from tribal self-governance in the United States of America.

Mara has been back home in New Zealand since February 2020. She began work with the Health Reform Transition Unit in May 2021 in the Hauora Māori team and in April 2022 was appointed interim Deputy CEO Service Development and Relations at the recently established Māori Health Authority now known as Te Aka Whai Ora. 

Panel Discussion: The future of better of health outcomes for Māori and Pasifika: Saturday 19 November 

Adrian Hakaraia Te Patu

Aotea, Kurahaupo

For four decades Adrian has worked for government departments, community organisations, iwi, and health providers including District Health Boards. He has recently completed a six year term on the governing council (GC) of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA), which represents national Public Health Associations of 130 nations and five million members. He was the first indigenous person on the GC. He co-chairs their global Indigenous Working Group and his wife Emma Waimarie Rawson – Te Patu (Tauranga Moana) has recently been elected, first indigenous woman to soon be president of the WFPHA.

Adrian maintains a number of governance roles including; the board of the Mental Health Foundation of NZ, Centre for Men’s Health based out of the University of Otago, Public Health Association of New Zealand (Maori Caucus Chair) and a director of Indigenous NCDs – International Non-Communicable Diseases organisation. Adrian also served two terms as an elected member in local government in Christchurch.

Panel Discussion: The future of better of health outcomes for Māori and Pasifika: Saturday 19 November 

Leaupepe Pauli Dr Jamie Ioane

Clinical SME Orion Health, General Practitioner, Psychogeriatric MOSS

Leaupepe Dr Jamie is a General Practitioner and Psychogeriatric MOSS based out of Hamilton New Zealand. He is passionate about using digital interventions to address issues such as access and equity to improve outcomes for Pacifica and Māori populations.

He works at Orion Health as a subject matter expert, provides clinical governance and designs new systems to help clinicians and patients navigate the health system and their records. He advises several organisations, including Whakarongorau and Ignite Aotearoa.

Panel Discussion: The future of better of health outcomes for Māori and Pasifika: Saturday 19 November 

Dr Lily Fraser

Clinical Director and GP at Turuki Healthcare

Lily Fraser is from Ngai Tahu, her two Marae Otakou and Puketeraki are in Dunedin. She lives in Otahuhu with her partner and 10 year old daughter. She is the Clinical Director and a GP at Turuki Healthcare in Mangere. She is passionate about Māori health and working with whānau on sustainable lifestyle changes for metabolic disease prevention and management.

Panel Discussion: The future of better of health outcomes for Māori and Pasifika: Saturday 19 November 

Dr Glen Davies

General Practitioner & Lifestyle Medicine Physician

Dr Glen Davies is a GP specialist with dual fellowships in both general practice and lifestyle medicine. He is a passionate advocate of lifestyle approaches to reversing chronic disease. Through his prescription of LCHF/ keto diets, he has helped over 100 patients reverse their prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

Glen was recognised for his work in 2021 by being awarded the prestigious GP of the year title at the NZ primary care awards.

Becoming frustrated by failing to address prevention and by managing treatable conditions rather than aiming for cure, Glen “why” is now to make a difference as a healer and to contribute to the creation of healthier communities. He combines the power of Low Carb/Healthy Fat, Ketogenic Diets and fasting with a coach approach, to walk beside clients supporting them on their healing journey.

A better version of the healthcare system: How Health Coaches are the solution. Saturday 19 November

Sarona Rameka

Cancer Survivor and Fasting Coach

One week away from giving birth, it was discovered Sarona had tumours on her heart, lung and chest (the largest was first reported to measure over 19cm). With the tumours too large to operate and malignant, Sarona was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer with a life expectancy of less than 12 months. Told the cancer was incurable she was offered palliative chemotherapy.

Through a routine appointment with her neurologist Dr Matthew Phillips, Sarona was introduced to the ketogenic diet and fasting. Without the use of any radiotherapy, chemotherapy, immuno-therapy, or conventional cancer treatments, Sarona achieved two and a half years without cancer growth and subsequently a huge shrinkage in the tumour.

Hear Sarona’s remarkable story alongside her two treating doctors in Metabolic therapies in practice: Cancer: Saturday 19 November

Teressa Betty


Teressa has a broad legal and corporate background at executive level, and
consults to boards, executive teams and iwi in relation to enhancing and enabling strategy and business performance, ESG and sustainability, enterprise risk management, governance, people and culture. She is a qualified B Corp Consultant, and holds various governance roles.

Teressa has been passionate about health and wellbeing for most of her life, and holds various instructor certifications in the fitness industry. After being diagnosed as coeliac in 2013, and adrenal fatigue in 2015 after returning from an all-consuming 14 year corporate career in London, Teressa has become a firm believer and advocate for lifestyle medicine. She is currently working with PREKURE in an advisory capacity, enabling her to combine her passion for lifestyle medicine with the corporate skills she has to offer.

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