Dr Malcolm Mackay (2019 Speaker)

Dr Malcolm Mackay, General Practitioner, BMBS (Flinders University), Grad Dip Human Nutrition (Deakin University), Board Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician (ASLM/IBLM)

Malcolm is a GP from Melbourne, Australia who has a special interest in preventing, treating and reversing chronic disease with a whole food, plant-based diet and other lifestyle interventions. Malcolm’s personal and professional interest in plant-based nutrition began in medical school 35 years ago. After graduating, he was actively involved with the Pritikin Health Association in Adelaide before furthering his nutrition education with a Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition from Deakin University in the early 1990s.

In recent years, Malcolm has connected with the plant-based nutrition movement and leading practitioners around the world and is a member of the Advisory Council of the newly established charity organisation Doctors For Nutrition. He has attended the first six International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conferences in the USA and has completed the Plant Based Nutrition Certificate from eCornell University, CHIP Facilitator training and the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competency Program.

Malcolm has recently qualified as a Board Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician (ASLM/IBLM). With his partner Jenny they have created the website: www.wholefoodsplantbasedhealth.com.au and the Facebook page, Plant Based Health Australia. They run seminars and a 6-day immersion programs in Victoria.

Malcolm is a keen snow skier and a competitive distance runner. It was his desire to keep skiing and running as he grew older that initially motivated him to personally follow a whole food plant-based diet from his early twenties. Malcolm still posts a reasonable time for marathon and fun run events.

Session: Saturday
Sunday: The challenges of Incorporating Plant-Based Nutrition into Clinical Practice

Whole food, plant-based nutrition is the safest, most effective therapy for many chronic diseases but prescribing it to patients in medical practice is more difficult than one might anticipate. Malcolm shares his experience with introducing ‘nutrition as medicine’ to the diverse array of patients that attend a general medical practice, and then matching his approach to the patient. This is a lifestyle medicine approach, utilising the skills of behaviour change coaching, but woven into the chaotic and time pressured environment of real-life medical practice. Malcolm will discuss the patient resources he prescribes, the issue of dietary perfection vs pragmatism as well as some of the barriers and strategies that might lead to better time management and reimbursement.