Lecture One

June 15th, 2008


Science, Philosophy & Practice

by Dr Craig Hassed MBBS, FRACGP

Mindfulness-based practices are essentially aimed at increasing awareness. They have a long history as a relaxation strategy and as a way of life. Contemporary research has found them useful as a self-help skill, as stress management, as a means of improving performance and in psychotherapy.

Craig's informative and interactive presentation looked at the science and philosophy of mindfulness-based practices. There was a practical demonstration of the techniques and exploration of ways to incorporate them into daily life.

This was a unique opportunity to hear one of Australia's most in-demand speakers in the health field. Craig was also be available to answer questions during the event.

Craig is a general practitioner and senior lecturer in the Monash University Dept. of General Practice. He has been instrumental in introducing various innovations into medical education and practice with an emphasis on the application of holistic, integrative and mind-body practices. His aim is to connect the great philosophical and wisdom traditions with the biomedical, psychological and social sciences in a way that is grounded, balanced, scientifically valid and clinically effective.

Craig recently chaired a session and introduced His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Happiness and its Causes conference. He has been a regular presenter on ABC Radio and appeared on TV's What's Good for You. His publications include New Frontiers in Medicine: The body as the shadow of the soul (ISBN 978-1427096784), Know Thyself: the stress release programme (ISBN 978-0855723361) and The Essence of Health: The Seven Pillars of Wellbeing (published in September, 2008—ISBN 978-1741667042).

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For more information about Mind-Body Medicine, download the following paper by Craig Hassed: Mind-Body Medicine: Science, Practice and Philosophy [1.1 MB].

In review

This first talk in the Lifestyle and Culture Lectures series was a great success. Some 250 people enjoyed Craig's illuminating talk, as well as a feast of art and live music...

Craig at the podium

Dr Craig Hassed at the podium

A feast of live classical music

A feast of live classical music

Works of art on display

Works of art on display

The audience at the tea break

Audience members at the tea break

Dr Craig Hassed

Dr Craig Hassed delivering the Mindfulness lecture