NMHPV Wellness Conference 2015

The Create Your Own Healthy Footprint Conference held on Friday 8 May 2015 was a resounding success. A big thank you to all who helped us make this such a fantastic day!

The Conference had something for everyone, live music by Liz Stringer and Small Town Romance, whole of audience interactive drumming and a wonderful performance by the Brunswick Women’s Choir.

Our expert presenters; Dr Caroline West enlightened the audience on successfully managing stress, Jackie Furey walked us through building resilience, Mark Bunn provided us with practical strategies for keeping well and Dr Russ Harris introduced us to Acceptance Commitment Therapy and mindfulness.

Carolyn McDonald took the audience through a practical yoga session and Shaun Brewster a massage program.

Crowd favourites, Danielle Jaeger a NMHP participant, presented her story on recovery whilst Camille Shaw took us through her experience as a NMHP Champion.

Finally, it was announced that exciting developments have been made which now see the NMHP as a charity. This enables the organisation to seek and obtain donations from our vast array of industry stakeholders, helping us to remain available to our nursing and midwifery colleagues throughout Victoria.



Create Your Own Healthy Footprint Conference

Successfully managing your stress and you

Dr Caroline West

Dr Caroline West specialises in Healthy Lifestyle Medicine and is one of Australia’s best known doctors. As a medical practitioner she has extensive clinical experience helping clients make healthy changes for life.

Dr Caroline aims not only to inform but inspire, always encouraging her clients and audiences to put their knowledge into action. Her areas of expertise include healthy lifestyle, stress management, better sleep, nutrition and weight management, happiness and positive psychology. Her philosophy is simple: a healthy lifestyle anchors wellness, boosts energy, longevity and peak performance.

As a leader in the field of healthy lifestyle and preventative medicine Dr West communicates the latest in medical advances not only to her clients but also to a broader audience through her work as a media doctor.

Dr Caroline is currently the President of the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association (ALMA). She is an adjunct Professional Fellow at Southern Cross University and consultant lecturer at their School of Lifestyle Medicine and Health Promotion Unit.

Dr Caroline is an ambassador for cycling in the City of Sydney appearing in the "Everything's connected, Caroline" series. She enjoys keeping active with surfboard riding, cycling to work and kayaking. She was the World Masters gold medalist in the marathon kayaking 2009. She also has a love of art, music and the ukulele.

Practical strategies for individual wellness

Mark Bunn

In an earlier life, Mark was an AFL footballer for 6 years (please don’t hold this against him!) Trained in both Western and Eastern health sciences, he now combines decade-long research into the secrets of the world’s healthiest and longest living people, with the proven practices of the world’s highest performing individuals, to help people enjoy their ‘natural high’ state of health, happiness, and inner success.

Mark is the three-times best-selling author of ‘Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health’ - now published in 7 countries - is one of 16 featured health and wellbeing experts in the international bestselling Millionaire Book Series, and is a regular media contributor throughout Australia and India.

Over the last 15 years, Mark has presented his high fun, high motivation seminars throughout Australia, New Zealand, Sth Africa and the USA, to groups such as NAB, CBA, Westpac and dozens of government departments, education & health professional groups.

Mark will show you how to enjoy high energy, low stress and life balance success, all while having a good laugh and loads of fun.

Brunswick Women’s Choir

One of Australia’s longest standing female choirs

NMHPV Champion program: Promotion in practice

Camille Shaw

Camille is a registered nurse and one of her passions is palliative care and the promotion of dying with dignity. She works for Southern Gippsland Hospital-District Nursing Service.

Camille’s interests include exercise, campdrafting, farmwork, cattle and sheep trialling, camping in mountains and volunteer work – especially being a NMHPV Champion and looking after our nursing family.

Recovery through a consumer's eyes

Danielle Jaeger and Natalie Spencer

Danielle has been a Paediatric Nurse for over 12 years and has specialised in various areas. Danielle is a NMHP Champion. As a champion she is very enthusiastic and passionate about educating Nurses and Midwives on the importance of the Nursing Midwifery Health Program.

Her passion lies in Nurses’ health and well being. In particular she enjoys mentoring the future of Nursing - Undergraduate Nursing students and Nurses who are undertaking their Graduate year. Danielle believes it’s particularly vital to support and nurture Nurses and Midwives in all aspects of their well being.

Carolyn McDonald

NMHPV staff member

Carolyn McDonald is a registered nurse and has been a valuable member of the NMHPV since 2009.

Carolyn has been nursing for over 20 years and spent time in general nursing and the last 10 years in the community working with mental health and addiction.

In addition to this, Carolyn is a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher with more than 10 years’ experience. Carolyn is deeply committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of others.

Dr Russ Harris

Medical Practitioner, Psychotherapist, Executive Coach

Russ Harris, author of the international best-selling self-help book 'The Happiness Trap', is a world-renowned trainer of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). Russ's background is in medicine. As a GP he became increasingly interested in the psychological aspects of health and wellbeing, and increasingly disenchanted with writing prescriptions. Ultimately this interest led to a total career change. He now works in two different, yet complementary roles - as a therapist and as a coach - with over 12,000 hours of one-on-one sessions under his belt.

Since 2005, Russ has provided ACT training for over 15,000 Australian therapists, coaches, counsellors, doctors, and other health professionals. He has authored two ACT textbooks (including ACT Made Simple), and four ACT-based self-help books (including The Reality Slap). He has also been co-author of a further two self-help books. The Happiness Trap, is now the most widely-translated ACT book in the world.

Russ bases his training on three core values: simplicity, clarity, and having fun. His ACT workshops are brief, powerful, cost-effective and life-enhancing. Participants regularly report not only major improvements in their therapy and/or coaching, but also in their personal lives and feedback praises his ability to make complex ideas seem very simple.

Liz Stringer


Since the release of her first album ;Soon’ in 2006, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Liz Stringer has carved out a reputation as one of Australia’s most respected and critically acclaimed songwriters and performers. She has recorded and released four studio albums, with her latest, 2012’s ‘Warm In The Darkness’, being shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize and named ‘Album of The Year’ by Brian Wise of RRRfm Melbourne and Rhythms Magazine.

In October 2014, Liz released a live solo album and DVD, ‘Live at The Yarra’. Recorded and filmed at the iconic Yarra Hotel in Abbotsford, the release received significant critical acclaim (including making Triple J Roots and All’s ’10 best albums of 2014’ list), and led to sold out shows on a 15-date solo tour around Australia, immediately followed by a support slot on The Waifs’ national tour.

Highly respected by her peers as a talented multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Liz has collaborated with many artists including Mick Thomas, Damian Cowell, Van Walker, Suzannah Espie and Mia Dyson. She is one third of the power trio Dyson Stringer Cloher, collaborating with friends and contemporaries Mia Dyson and Jen Cloher, who undertook a 35 date Australian tour at the end of 2013, earning the title of ‘Best Live Gig of 2013’ from the Rhythm Magazine readers poll, and followed up with appearances at Blues Fest and Queenscliff Festival in 2014. Liz is also a member of the critically acclaimed Livingstone Daisies, along with Van and Cal Walker and Michael Barclay.

A passionate advocate of independent music and extensive regional touring, Liz has become a favorite among punters across Australia for her generous and engaging stage demeanour and her skill as a songwriter. As Mick Thomas puts it, “Her performance is as intense as it is personable, as profane as it is sacred”.

Not content with conquering the local scene, Liz has recently toured in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands, and was officially showcased at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, USA in February 2014.

Jackie Furey

Relationship Expert

Psychotherapist Jackie Furey is the director of Bedrooms to Boardrooms - a unique relationship consultancy that supports people to create and sustain strong spirited relationships for life.

Jackie was drawn to helping people early on in her life when she realised the profound difference connecting our head, heart and soul made to the success and significance of our lives and the lives of the people around us. She has spent many hours face to face listening to individuals, couples, families and groups talking about what matters most to them and why. This has allowed Jackie great insight into what truly makes a difference to all of our lives. Our relationships!

Jackie Furey’s ability to combine professional knowledge and experience along with wit, warmth and wisdom in a compassionate and spirited way is a presentation not to be missed.

Jackie Furey credits her love for learning along with her Irish background for her ability to deliver to her audience a laugh out loud presentation rich in both professional knowledge and personal life experience.