Plant-Based Health Practitioners

This web page includes health practitioners in Australia and New Zealand who are wholly supportive and knowledgeable about whole foods plant-based nutrition and have completed the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate (eCornell) or equivalent. See note below for more information about inclusion.

Doctors

Australia

Victoria

  • Dr Malcolm Mackay – GP, FASLM, Melbourne (Fitzroy), available for Telehealth (Zoom) consultations (now funded by Medicare). Nutritionist (Grad Dip Hum Nut), Board Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician (IBLM/ASLM)
    Website: Dr Malcolm Mackay (links to current practice location and booking form for telehealth consultations within Australia)
    Nutrition website: (co-author of this website) Whole Foods Plant Based Health
  • Dr Chan Ngo – GP (female), Melbourne (Maribynong/Glenroy)
    Practice location: Ultimate Health Care, Level 4, Highpoint Shopping Centre, Maribynong, ph. 9317 7000; also Doctors of Glenroy, 9-15 Glenroy Rd, Hadfield
  • Dr Rasika Amarasekera – GP, Melbourne (Northcote).
    Practice location: tbc
  • Dr Niyati Sharma – Dermatologist, Melbourne (Preston)
    Practice location: Inside Out Dermatology (website under construction), 186 Gilbert Rd, Preston, ph. 03 9005 5520. Available for Telehealth consultations within Australia.

NSW

  • Dr Andrew Pennington – GP, Sydney area
    Practice location: Sanctuary Lifestyle Clinic, Waitara, NSW
  • Dr Chantal Bardella – GP, Sydney area
    Practice location: Victoria Tower Medical, Burwood, NSW **On leave until December 2020**
  • Dr Emma Campbell – GP, Newcastle area
    Practice location: ATUNE Health Centres, Macquarie Rd, Warner’s Bay, NSW
  • Dr Paul Wood – GP, Kempsey, NSW
    Practice location: **Overseas during 2019**

ACT

  • Dr Stephanie Dakin – GP, CanberraBAppSc (Nutrition)
    Practice location: Fisher Family Practice
  • Dr Andrew Morris – GP, Canberra, Board Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician (IBLM/ASLM)
    Website: Morris Wellness (Kingston, ACT)

QLD

  • Dr Celine Gol, GP, Brisbane, Board Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician (IBLM/ASLM)
    Practice location: Hamilton Medical Centre 
  • Dr Julie Van Der Klift, GP, Brisbane
    Practice location: Carseldine Family Clinic (Carseldine) NB Need to ask for a plant-based appointment; also Midway Medical Redcliffe
  • Dr Emma Sedlacek, GP, Mackay, Board Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician (IBLM/ASLM)
    Practice location: Health On Central (Andergrove, Qld)

SA

WA

  • Dr Alyce Churchill, GP Registrar, Perth
    Practice location: GP on Beaufort (Mount Lawley) **New from May 2020**
  • Dr Leslie Jones & Dr Trenton Healy – GPs, Busselton, WA
    Practice location: Duchess Medical Practice

New Zealand

Dietitians

  • Lucy Taylor – Dietitian and Nutritionist, Melbourne
    Website: Bloom Nutritionist
  • Peter Johnston – PhD, Dietitian, Melbourne, available for Skype consultations
    Website: Perfect Human Food
  • Amanda Benham – Dietitian, Brisbane, available for Skype or phone consultations.
    Website: The Human Herbivore
  • Emma Strutt – Dietitian, Boonah, QLD, available for Skype consultations.
    Website: Greenstuff Nutrition

Other health practitioners

  • Jenny Cameron – Nutritionist, Health Coach, Grad Cert Human Nutrition, Melbourne, available for Skype/Zoom consultations.
    Website: (co-author of this website) Whole Foods Plant Based Health
  • Robyn Chuter – Nutritionist/Counsellor/Certified Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner, Gold Coast, also Sydney 2 days per fortnight and available for Skype/Zoom consultations.
    Website: Empower Total Health
  • Dr Heleen Roex-Haitjema – MD, Paediatrician (n.p.), PCRM Food For Life Instructor, Adelaide
    Website: Doctors For Nutrition
    Check Dr Roex Facebook page for upcoming Food For Life seminars (Adelaide)
  • Andrew Taylor – Health Coach, Melbourne and Online. Provides private and group coaching to assist people to overcome food addiction.
    Website: Spud Fit
  • Alison Moore – Credentialed Mental Health Nurse, Lifestyle Coach, Geelong area
    Practice location: Adaptive Integrated Health Centre, Leopold, Vic.
  • Larisa Freiverts – Family therapist/counsellor/EMDR therapy
    (MAClinFamTher; BSc). Melbourne. Available Skype/Zoom/phone consultations.
    Contact: lari.freiverts@gmail.com


Resources

  • Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets – Tuso, P.J. et al. 2013. “The objective of this article is to present to physicians an update on plant-based diets.” If your doctor is unaware of the benefits of a plant-based diet you could offer them this article.
  • Melina, V., Craig, W., & Levin, S. (2016). Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Vegetarian Diets. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 116(12) – this article is useful if you feel the need to defend your position that plant-based diets are appropriate for you at whatever stage in the lifecycle you are… “It is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that appropriately planned vegetarian, including vegan, diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits for the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. These diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, older adulthood, and for athletes.”
  • How to Find a Plant-Based Doctor – If you are searching for a plant-based doctor in your area and cannot find one, don’t despair – Dr Esselstyn and dietitian Jeff Novick have shared their ideas about how to educate yourself and your doctor about plant based nutrition.

Resources for practitioners

  • Doctors For Nutrition – Australian health charity with a mission to inspire the healthcare sector, policy makers and society at large to adopt whole food plant-based nutrition as a powerful tool in disease prevention and care. Subscribe to their mailing list for notification of events for healthcare practitioners.
  • The Plantrician Project
  • Nutrition for Clinicians – PCRM
  • Is a Vegetarian Diet Adequate? – originally published as a supplementary section of the Medical Journal of Australia to reassure the medical profession that nutrient needs can be met on a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Australian directories:

NB Those included in these lists are noted as being ‘vegetarian friendly’ and are not necessarily following or aware of whole food plant-based nutrition.

International directories:

Plant-Based Practitioners personal journeys:



Note: We will only be listing individual practitioners on this page who are experts in whole food plant-based nutrition and have completed the eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate (or equivalent). Their approach to plant-based nutrition must be consistent with ours – which is a low-fat whole food plant-based approach and includes advocating for the avoidance of added oils and other highly processed foods. Preference is given to practitioners that we have met in person or who we have networked with.

Page created 3 April 2015
Page last updated 26 June 2020