Kylie Willows – Laughter Yoga!
Ever tried laughter yoga? Well here’s your chance. It’s part of our early morning ice-breaker for Healthivate 2013. Get into the mood for a day of connecting and come along to the ‘taster’ health experience right before the conference start. The laughter yoga session will be facilitated by Kylie Willows who runs Sydney Laughter. She is a Laughter Yoga Teacher internationally certified by Dr. Madan Kataria, the founder of laughter yoga worldwide.
Kylie believes that laughter yoga is about getting in touch with your natural and healthy desire to laugh freely and to express joy. Kylie is passionate about holistic healthcare and has been practicing and studying traditional yoga for many years. She decided to become a laughter leader and teacher after experiencing first hand laughter yoga’s magical ability to allow laughter to flow freely, to release stress and to enable one to live in the moment.
Laugh & the whole world laughs
Kylie has lead laughter sessions for a wide range of people, running workshops in the corporate realm, for the general public, with children, and with special needs groups such as senior citizens or those with a health complaint or limited mobility.Sydney Laughter aims to create a safe environment for people to express themselves freely and comfortably.Read More
Ingrid Ozols - MentalHealth@Work
Mental health advocate, educator, speaker and facilitator of many years, Ingrid Ozols’ passion and committment is to re-educate workplaces about humaness. She is also, through mentalhealth@work (mh@work®), a proud official ambassador for Lifeline’s ” StressDown Day” national annual fundraising campaign.
As a board member of The Mental Health Council of Australia, Ingrid Ozol was also involved with the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s COAG deliberations when the Howard Government announced $1.9billion would be provided for mental health care and more recently with the Commonwealth Government’s 10year Road Map Budget Implementation in Sept 2011.
Ingrid travels nationally and internationally speaking to many groups, facilitating forums and seminars, conferences and having appeared regularly in the media, including “Morning with Kerri-Anne”, ABC’s “7:30 Report” and on radio programs. In 2009, Ingrid was in the top 9 of Ernst and Young’s “Entrepeneur of the Year – Social Contribution Category”.
A journey through illness to wellness
Ingrid’s career started some ten years ago with an apprenticeship with beyondblue, the national depression initiative. As the inaugural chair of beyondblue’s lived experience arm, BlueVoices, she travelled Australia widely sharing her journey through illness to wellness. Ingrid will share that very personal story with us at Healthivate and says we all have a story to tell.Read More
Mia Stead - There Is Always Hope
Mia Stead works with her Father @Pastor_Paul on the project “A message from your Local Church” an outreach focused on communicating hope to those who need it through traditional broadcasting, publishing and building relationships through social media tools.
Sometimes the worst thing that happens in your life can become the best thing. The best thing about having a story is that you are alive to tell it. She says, “My story hasn’t been anything unusual other than the fact I could have been dead more times than I’ve had birthdays and found more dead ends than most. In fact, I became my own worst enemy until I found hope. After ten years of trying to manage the fallout of broken marriage, domestic violence, child custody, PTSD and substance abuse, now with real hope in my heart, I am on a journey to not merely survive but I’m on my way to becoming whole. Spirit, soul and body. I do what I do now because there isn’t anyone alive that doesn’t need hope.”Read More
Gerry Tye – Talin’s Dad
Gerry Tye is perhaps best known as Talin’s Dad. Six year old Talin Hawkins was diagnosed in April 2012 with a Stage 4 Malignant Pontine Glioma (cancer of the brain stem). Doctors determined it was inoperable and life ending. Talin passed away in July and Gerry has dedicated his life since to raising awareness for Bear Cottage - Sydney’s only Palliative Care Facility for Children and, raising money for the Cure Starts Now – aiming to fund research into finding a cure for this most deadly childhood cancer. In addition, Gerry also shares his story through Talin’s World and A Fathers Path. His presence on social media and journaling has a large following.
As Gerry Tye shares his story he will challenge you to live for each moment, forgive and forget and most of all to celebrate the gift of our children. His message will direct you to be the best version of yourself in life, relationships and work.Read More
Anna Coles – 100% Awesome Healthy Eating
Sweet on sweet potatoes, excited about eggplants and in love with all the fruits and veggies in-between, Anna Coles started blogging about the benefits of healthy eating when working as the Marketing & Communications Manager for Arthritis Queensland. Poor nutrition has been identified as a major contributor to the rising prevalence of obesity and the associated increases in chronic disease levels in Australia. So Anna became a healthy eating activist with the goal of empowering Australians to manage their weight and their health by choosing a diet full of 100% awesome fruit and veggies.
With 15 years experience in the not for profit sector Anna Coles now works in the heart of the produce industry as the Marketing Manager for Carter & Spencer, a 100% Australian owned family business that grow, supply and import fruit and vegetables. Anna loves to cook with fresh produce and uses her husband and two teenage children as her test subjects and then posts recipes, images and their reviews of their evening meals on Facebook (Healthy Eating – 100% Awesome) & Twitter (@Annaluvsproduce). She is most proud of the fact that both her children now ‘hate’ fast food and will eat brussel sprouts and fennel and that her son takes cumin roasted sweet potato cubes to school every day in his lunch!Read More
Antony Lo - The Physio Detective
Antony Lo (aka The Physio Detective) is Sydney-based Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist specializing in hard-to-treat conditions, especially thoracic (ribs) and pelvis/SIJ problems. In such specialized areas, he uses social media to connect to other healthcare practitioners, educate health professionals and the public, as well as connect to like-minded populations like Crossfitters.
With a passion for education, Antony is currently developing courses for those with Crossfit-related injuries, injury-screening tools, pelvic floor issues and exercise/rehab based education. These populations have very different profiles but the process Antony uses is similar for all of them – and he uses social media to connect to them all. His holistic approach can even tell you if you can wear high heels or not!Read More
Evelyn M. Field – Australia’s Bullying Expert
Evelyn M. Field is an expert on school and workplace bullying and the devastating effects it has on individuals and organisations. She works as practicing psychologist, speaker, author and media consultant. Everyln does not believe in always waiting for others to intervene when there is bullying. She believes that we need to develop a social and emotional resilience framework to empower students and employees to take greater responsibility for themselves by developing skills to block bullying behaviours and survive in difficult, stressful environments.
Evelyn is Co-Chair of the Therapeutic Practitioners SIG of the IAWBH (International Association for Workplace Bullying and Harassment), and she belongs to the advisory council of the National Centre Against Bullying. She was on the board of VOCAL for 5 years, [Victims of Crime Assistance League, Victoria], on the board of the Mental Health Foundation of Victoria for 20 years and was 11 years as Honorary Secretary of the Australian Association for Mental Health.
Bully Blocking at Work and School
Evelyn M. Field is a passionate speaker, who inspires organizations to manage workplace bullying and speaks to schools about school bullying. She can help students build their emotional and social resilience, teach bully blocking skills to kids and parenting skills. She is the author of Bully Blocking – a resource for parents, children and educators.Read More