The Australian Meditation Conference will gather more than sixty national and international meditation thought leaders to share their research and insight across the fields of health, philosophy, education, business, neuroscience and psychology.

The primary aim of the 2018 Australian Meditation Conference is to provide a platform for a collaborative dialogue involving a wide range of speakers, representing a rich diversity of philosophies and applications of meditation, mindfulness, contemplation and refection.

A cross section of dialogue from secular and religious discourses will be presented in a manner that is collaborative and unifying.


Dr Rick Hanson

Psychologist and Author of
Hardwiring Happiness
Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley

Robin Carnes

PTSD Mind-body Therapist
iRest Certified Senior Teacher,
Honoured by Smithsonian Institute

Dr Craig Hassed

Author and Associate Professor
Department of General Practice
Monash University

Dr Maura Kenny

Psychiatrist, Training Director of MTI
MBCT Co-ordinator
SA Health

Dr Addie Wootten

Clinical Psychologist
Innovator in wellbeing
CEO Smiling Mind

Eric Harrison

Author, The Foundations of Mindfulness
Founder and Director
Perth Meditation Centre

Dr Richard Chambers

Author and Clinical Psychologist
Mindfulness Consultant
Monash University

Petrea King

Author, Your Life Matters
CEO Quest for Life Foundation
Regular Media Commentator

Dr Pak-Wah Lai

Vice-Principal and Lecturer
Historical Theology
Biblical Graduate School of Theology, Singapore

Dr Neil Bailey

PhD Neuroscience
Psychiatry Research Centre
Monash University 

Rev Dr John Dupuche

Priest, Archdiocese of Melbourne
Assoc. Prof University of Divinity
Hon. Fellow ACU

Venerable Alex Bruce

Buddhist Monk
Associate Professor ANU College of Law
Fellow Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics  

Dr Barbara Hannon

Rehabilitation Physician
Epworth Hospital
Board Member, The Mind SIG

Tami Roos

Meditation Facilitator
Author, The Gift: Presence to Power
Co-author, Sport is Life, Life is Sport

Pauline McKinnon

Stillness Meditation Therapy Centre
Author: In Stillness Conquer Fear
Founding Patron Meditation Australia 

David Packman

Meditation/Mindset Coach
Founder, The Fifth Direction
President, Meditation Australia 

Dr Bruno Cayoun

Principal Developer
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT)

Charlie Hogg

National Coordinator
Brahma Kumaris 

Dr Stacey Waters

Child and Adolescent Researcher
Edith Cowan University (WA)
Mindful Meditation Australia

Professor George Jelinek

Head of the Neuroepidemiology Unit
Melbourne School of Population and
Global Health, Melbourne University 

Janet Etty-Leal

Mindful Meditation Consultant
Meditation Capsules
Secretary, Meditation Australia

Shannon Harvey

Journalist and Filmmaker
Documentaries: The Connection and
My Year of Living Mindfully

Dr Graham Williams 

Founder, Lifeflow Meditation Centre
Author, Life in Balance
Flinders University

Simon Moyle

Baptist Pastor 
Non-violence trainer and activist
Elder, GraceTree Community

Dr Anita Ray

Interreligious Learning Researcher
Faculty of Theology and Philosophy 
Australian Catholic University

Matthew Young

Founder and Director
Melbourne Meditation Centre
Board Member, Meditation Australia

Kathleen Cator

Clinical Psychologist
Mindful Self-Compassion Facilitator
Metta Health and Psychology

Ranjit Rao

Urological Surgeon
Epworth Hospital
Board Member, Meditation Australia 

Hayley Anthony

Educational and 
Development Psychologist
Lecturer, Monash University

Professor Paul Beirne

Emeritus Professor
University of Divinity
Director, Heart of Life Spirituality Centre

Assoc Prof Matthew Sharpe

Lecturer, Philosophy and 
Psychoanalytic Studies
Deakin University

Assoc Prof Salih Yucel

Interreligious Learning Research
Faculty of Theology and Philosophy 
Australian Catholic University

Lisa Forde

Founder and Principal
Australian Centre for Holistic Studies
Holistic Living Counsellor

Georgina Manning

Wellbeing for Kids
Owner, Elk Wellbeing Centre

Dr Nadine Cameron

Wellbeing Consultant
Faculty Member, School of Life

Megan Kenny

Musician and Composer
Concert Flute, Piccolo, Piano
Meditation Music Specialist

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