Professor Craig Hassed
Associate Professor Craig Hassed works at the Department of General Practice and is coordinator of mindfulness programs at Monash University. His teaching, research and clinical interests include mindfulness-based stress management, mind-body medicine, meditation, health promotion, integrative medicine and medical ethics. Craig is regularly invited to speak and run courses in Australia and overseas in health, professional and educational contexts and has collaborated with a number of national and international universities helping them to integrate similar content. He was the founding president of the Australian Teachers of Meditation Association and is a regular media commentator. He writes regularly for medical journals and has published thirteen books. Craig also featured in the documentary, The Connection and wrote the companion e-book, “The Mindfulness Manual” and co-authored with Richard Chambers the free online Mindfulness course in collaboration with Monash University and FutureLearn.
Director, Health & Wellbeing Training Consultants
Stavroula Zandes has a background in psychology and counselling, and worked with Quit Victoria, the Cancer Council of Victoria, for 20 years in tobacco control.
During this time, her roles included training a range of health and community professionals, including hospital staff and allied health care professionals, to support their clients to quit. She has counselled smokers on the Quitline, and as a Quit Educator, has also run group sessions for smokers.
Stav has a strong understanding of behaviour change and health promotion principles. She has a deep passion for, and commitment to people’s health and wellbeing, and in 2013, she founded Health & Wellbeing Training Consultants - a unique training and education business focusing on health and wellbeing, and specialising in behaviour change. As part of her business, Stav provides practical, evidence-based sessions on a range of lifestyle topics, this includes motivational interviewing.
Stav also currently lectures and tutors at Monash University in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. She has been involved in presentations throughout Australia and overseas in the South Pacific islands and Washington DC.
These forums assist participants by providing self-management advice and techniques (based on the Wagner Model of Chronic Care) for clients while offering a great opportunity for networking and collaboration. Using a thematic approach, the network aims to support the self-management model for health by providing health professionals with innovative ideas and relevant information