2 DAY CONFERENCE

Tuesday 27th October 2015 | Conference Day One

 

UNLEASH THE POTENTIAL OF YOUR MIND

 

9:00      WELCOME FROM THE MC

Ruth Ostrow


Ruth Ostrow

Journalist, social commentator and regular columnist for The Australian

 

 

 

9:05      MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MIND     
The potential of the human mind is phenomenal. Do you know how to make the most of yours? Learn how to develop untapped areas of the brain and increase your ability to think, learn and find solutions more creatively and efficiently.

Tony-Buzan


Tony Buzan, UK
Inventor of the Mind Map and world-renowned expert in the fields of creativity, leadership and thinking

 

 

 

9:50      ACCESS YOUR CREATIVE GENIUS
Get your brain unstuck and get the creative juices flowing with practical, science-based tools. Find out how to uncover great ideas that will lead to growth in business and all areas of your life.

Dr Amantha Imber


Dr Amantha Imber
Creativity and innovation psychologist, best-selling author and founder of the award-winning creativity and innovation company Inventium

 

 

 

10:10       PERSONAL STORY: UNLOCK YOUR POTENTIAL TO CHANGE THE WORLD
Be inspired by the story of a young woman, born in a remote area of Zambia, who realised that she had the power to make a difference in the world and that no one could suppress her integrity just because she was born a girl.



Nkandu Beltz

Philanthropist, social change maker and author of I Have the Power: Unlocking Your Potential to Change the World

 



10:30     MORNING COFFEE

 

 

THINK YOUR WAY TO WELLBEING AND SUCCESS

 

 

11:00       THE LUCK FACTOR
Is there a lucky mindset? Why do some people lead happy successful lives whilst others face repeated failure and sadness? What enables some people to have successful careers whilst others find themselves trapped in jobs they detest? Can unlucky people do anything to improve their luck - and lives?  This presentation draws on Richard Wiseman’s research on the four strategies that have been scientifically proven to help you attract good fortune.


Professor Toni Noble

Leading teacher, educator and psychologist, Adjunct Professor, Institute of Positive Psychology and Education, Australian Catholic University

 

 

 

11:20       IMPROVE YOUR LEARNING: WHAT DOES THE SCIENCE SAY?
There has been a recent surge in brain and behavioral research exploring memory and learning processes: but, does any of this work apply outside the laboratory? Learn which ideas can (and which cannot) be applied to every- day learning.


Jared Cooney Horvath

Co-founder The Education Neuroscience Initiative, PhD student and researcher at the Science of Learning Research Centre, University of Melbourne

 

 

 

11:40       MIDLIFE MANIFESTO: DREAM IT, PLAN IT, LIVE IT!
The first half of our lives is on automatic – school, university, marriage, kids – then what? If you want the second half of your life to be the best half, it’s time to switch to manual. Be inspired to become the person you’ve always wanted to be.


Jane Mathews
Advertising expert and author of Midlife Manifesto: A Toolkit to Plan the Rest of Your Life

 

 

 

12:10       NEUROSLIMMING: CHANGE YOUR BRAIN TO CHANGE YOUR BODY
We’ve been emphasising diet and exercise for decades but obesity is still on the rise. Learn how we can reshape our bodies by rewiring our brains to change appetite-regulating signals.


Dr Helena Popovic
Medical doctor, leading authority on brain plasticity in relation to obesity, and author of NeuroSlimming - Let Your Brain Change Your Body

 

 

 

12:30     LUNCH

 

 

MIND OVER MOOD, MIND OVER MATTER

 

 

 

14:00       THE POWER OF MEOW
What can we learn about mindfulness from cats? Author David Michie shares some feline insights from the latest in his Dalai Lama’s Cat series, taking us to the ultimate purpose of mindfulness: to open our minds and hearts to our own true nature.


David Michie
Internationally best-selling author, meditation teacher, Mindful Safari guide and co-founder of Organisational Mindfulness (OM)

 

 

 

14:25       THE POWER OF EQUANIMITY FOR PAIN REDUCTION
Recent neurological research shows that chronic pain is largely learned. Mindfulness meditation programs have been used successfully to teach people a way of unlearning their unhelpful relationship to pain and decreasing pain related distress. However not all chronic pain sufferers are able to undergo a mindfulness meditation program and maintain a daily practice. Hear how a pilot study using a 4-minute mindfulness-based exposure task, routinely used in Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT), resulted in immediate and lasting pain reduction.

Dr Bruno Cayoun


Dr Bruno Cayoun
Clinical psychologist and principal developer of Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT)

 

 

 

14:55     PERSONAL STORY: THE HAPPINESS QUEST – FROM MISERY TO JOY
What would happen if a clinically depressed person embarked on a quest to not only overcome her condition but discover the key to sustained happiness?. Lana found that the mind can indeed be a miracle ... rather than a beast, if one learns to tame it!


Lana Penrose
Best-selling author The Happiness Quest


 

 

15:15     AFTERNOON COFFEE

 

 

 

YOUR POTENTIAL TO FLOURISH

 

 

 

15:45     EDUCATED, EMPOWERED & CHEMICAL FREE
We now live in a world that is impacting our bodies more than ever. Hear evidence-based research on how chemicals are affecting our health, hormones, weight and wellbeing. Be empowered to make healthy, chemical-free choices.


Michele Chevalley Hedge

Michele Chevalley Hedge is a Nutritional Medicine Practitioner and dynamic health advocate who enjoys writing and presenting from an evidence-based medicine perspective. 

 

 

 

16:10     LESS IS MORE: HOW TO DECLUTTER YOUR LIFE
We have too much stuff, physically and emotionally. But where do we begin to sort it out and stop it coming back? How can we live with less and enjoy life more?   


Kim Carruthers

Decluttering expert and author of Less is More 


 

 

 

16:30     THE HIGHEST VIEW: DECISION MAKING AT THE EDGE
Follow the highs and lows of Patrick’s journey to the summit of Mount Everest and discover how he managed life and death decision making at the Edge. Hear how the brain works in a volatile and complex environment and learn how to improve your own decision making in all areas of life.


Patrick Hollingworth

Leadership expert and hugely accomplished high-altitude mountaineer

 


 

17:00     CLOSE DAY 1



Wednesday 28th October 2015 | Conference Day Two

 

CHANGE YOUR MIND: CHANGE YOUR LIFE

 

9:00      WELCOME FROM THE MC

Dr Helena Popovic


Dr Helena Popovic

Medical doctor, leading authority on brain plasticity in relation to obesity, and author of NeuroSlimming - Let Your Brain Change Your Body

 

 

 

9:05      THE NEUROSCIENCE OF HABIT     
Are bad habits and unhealthy thinking taking control of your life? Learn why habits are so hard to break and how you can reframe your thinking and overcome your deceptive brain.


Jeffrey M Schwartz


Jeffrey M Schwartz, M.D., USA

Leading neuroplasticity researcher and co-author of You Are Not Your Brain and the groundbreaking books Brain Lock and The Mind and the Brain; Department of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine

 

 

 

9:50      SURPRISE INTERNATIONAL GUEST – “IN CONVERSATION” SESSION WITH ONE OF THE WORLD’S LEADING CREATIVE MINDS

 

 

10:20      COLLABORATION AND CREATIVITY
You can analyse the past, you have to design the future. For innovation to flourish we need participatory design that fosters co-creation and creativity. Explore participatory design strategies and experiment with creating new ideas.



Susan Mackie


Susan Mackie
De Bono Ambassador, leader in the areas of mindset and neuroscience, participatory design and innovation, and CEO Be – Better People

 



10:40     MORNING COFFEE

 

 

YOUR POTENTIAL TO BE EXTRAORDINARY

 

 

11:10       BECOME EXTRAORDINARY BY DOING THE ORDINARY
Many of us respect and admire exceptional people, but we often attribute their success to unattainable talents. In reality, however, these individuals achieve, more often than not, by utilising strategies we can all learn. Accordingly, we can all achieve extraordinary things, by doing ordinary things, each and every day!


Dr Tim Sharp
Leading positive psychologist and founder of The Happiness Institute

 

 

 

 

11:30       PERSONAL STORY: WHAT MAKES A CHAMPION?
What gives a champion athlete the ability to achieve extraordinary things? Be moved and uplifted by one man’s journey through pain and depression, overcoming adversity to follow his passion and go on to inspire others.


Joe Williams
Proud Wiradjuri Aboriginal man, world champion boxer and former NRL player

 

 

 

 

11:50       PANEL: STUCK IN A RUT?

What can you do when you’re stuck in a rut? You know exercising your brain and your body will make you feel better but just can’t find the energy to turn off the TV and get off the lounge. Get some practical tips to help you become your ‘best’ self.


Panellists:



Jeffrey M Schwartz


Jeffrey M Schwartz, M.D., USA

Leading neuroplasticity researcher and co-author of You Are Not Your Brain and the groundbreaking books Brain Lock and The Mind and the Brain; Department of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine

Tony-Buzan


Tony Buzan, UK
Inventor of the Mind Map and world-renowned expert in the fields of creativity, leadership and thinking





Susan Mackie


Susan Mackie
De Bono Ambassador, leader in the areas of mindset and neuroscience, participatory design and innovation, and CEO Be – Better People

 


Moderator:

Dr Helena Popovic


Dr Helena Popovic

Medical doctor, leading authority on brain plasticity in relation to obesity, and author of NeuroSlimming - Let Your Brain Change Your Body

 

 

 

 

12:20       EPIGENETICS - PLAYING THE GENETIC HAND LIFE DEALT YOU
Our understanding of genetics has undergone a major revolution in recent years. This revolution is from genetics to epigenetics, that is, from thinking that our genetic makeup is fixed to now understanding that our environment, lifestyle and state of mind are constantly changing the way our genes express themselves. This has significant implications for health, not only our own but also for the health of generations as yet unborn. Explore the science and principles of epigenetics and how you can better play the genetic hand life has dealt you.


Dr Craig Hassed
Medical education innovator, General Practitioner and Senior Lecturer, Department of General Practice, Monash University

 

 

 

12:40    LUNCH

 

 

 

IN-DEPTH WORKSHOPS

14:00 - 17:00

 

Please choose one of two in-depth workshops

 

WORKSHOP 1:
YOU ARE NOT YOUR BRAIN: THE 4 STEP METHOD TO CHANGE BAD HABITS AND TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE

 



Susan Mackie


Jeffrey M Schwartz, M.D., USA

Leading neuroplasticity researcher and co-author of You Are Not Your Brain and the groundbreaking books Brain Lock and The Mind and the Brain; Department of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine

 

Josie-Thomson

 

Josie Thomson
Neuroleadership, resilience and change expert

 

The brain can exert a powerful grip on one’s life – but only if you let it. The good news is that you can overcome the brain’s control, and rewire your brain to work for you, by learning to debunk the myths it has been so successfully telling you, and choosing to act in healthy, adaptive ways.

 

How can you achieve this?  With the Four Step method that teaches simple skills you can use and practise every day to achieve a lasting change in perspective, courtesy of your intelligent, caring inner guide, The Wise Advocate. This friend will help you counteract deceptive brain messages and act in concert with your own goals and values. You will finally see who you really are – not who your brain has been telling you that you are – and put your true self in the driver’s seat for the rest of your life.

 

 


WORKSHOP 2:
WORKING WITH YOUR MIND

 



Susan Mackie


David Michie

Internationally best-selling author, meditation teacher, Mindful Safari guide and co-founder of Organisational Mindfulness (OM)

 

One of life’s greatest paradoxes is that even though our entire experience of reality depends on our mind, most people have no idea what mind actually is.  Everything we perceive, think and feel arises only with mind’s participation.  That being the case, wouldn’t it be useful to have a good working knowledge of what mind actually is?

In this workshop, David Michie shares both theoretical concepts as well as guided meditations to help you experience your own mind for yourself – and the opportunity to discover the boundless tranquility you already possess.

 

 

17:00    CLOSE DAY 2

 

 

 



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