Health Seminars

Food and mood – How your diet can affect mental and brain health - With Associate Professor Felice Jacka

Associate Professor Felice Jacka will be discussing her findings on establishing a new approach to the prevention and treatment of mental disorders by looking at what we eat.

Attendees will gain insights into the rapidly emerging evidence that gut health is a key variable influencing our mood, behaviour and brain development.

Professor Jacka will also discuss how pre and probiotic formulations and fermented food can influence mental health and mood.

Learn how a Mediterranean style diet can help improve cardiovascular health, reduce the risk of diabetes and increase longevity.

About Associate Professor Felice Jacka

Professor Felice Jacka is a Career Development Fellow at Deakin University where she is director of the Food and Mood Centre. Her current work focuses closely on the links between diet, gut health and mental and brain health.

Event details

When: Wednesday 7 June, 2017

Where: The Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, 51 Little Malop Street

Time: Doors open 6.30pm for a 7pm start

Event Update

We have been overwhelmed with your responses to this event and unfortunately it is now sold out. We will be recording the event and will have it available on the website shortly after 7th June.

If you would like to be emailed a direct link to the seminar please make sure to put your name down on the wait list by following the link below.

Waitlist registration

Eating Your Way to Awesome with Dr Joanna McMillan

We recently had Dr Joanna McMillan, one of Australia’s best-known health, nutrition and lifestyle experts provide a free seminar. Dr Joanna explored how food, drink, exercise, activity, stress and sleep can all influence how you feel today and how they affect your health in the long term.

Watch the seminar below and learn about a healthy eating template that allows for individual needs and preferences. The seminar aims to bust some of the myths and misconceptions around eating in order to foster a healthy relationship with food, eating and your own body.

(The result could be a healthier, happier and more productive you!)

About Dr Joanna McMillan

Dr Joanna is one of Australia’s most favourite and trusted health and wellbeing experts. She is a PhD qualified nutrition scientist, an accredited practising dietitian and a former fitness instructor, giving her the sound credentials required to help us make our way through the increasingly confusing nutrition and health messages in the media. Joanna is a regular on TV, radio and in print media. Born and raised in Scotland, Joanna emigrated to Australia in 1999.

Can we prevent depression – GMHBA Health Seminar

Featuring Professor Michael Berk, Alfred Deakin Professor of Psychiatry at Deakin University's School of Medicine.

Michael discusses how depression can affect any one of us and there are many possible risk factors for depression, which vary from person to person. Most importantly, many of these risks can be addressed.

Click the links below to access Professor Michael Berk’s presentation. For more information please email