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Lecture Overview

Fascinating research is challenging the paradigm that poor mental health can cause a poor diet. However, we are now beginning to also understand how better quality diets can improve a person’s mental health and perhaps even prevent mental health conditions. This eye-opening talk from Geoff Ahern will have you in a good mood in no time.


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Geoffrey Ahern

Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician and educator who splits his time between working with people in a mental health crisis in the ED setting and working proactively in educating other health professionals and the community about how to better understand mental health problems and also substance use and addiction. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in emergency and trauma, rural nursing, alcohol and other drug counselling, and psychiatric nursing across both the public and private sectors. He holds a masters of health science (mental health and addiction). Geoff is particularly fascinated by the impact that exercise, nutrition, community, meaning and purpose, and practices like yoga have on a person’s mental health as well as living a simple life of reflection, contentment, and wonderment.




115 Total Rating(s)

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Alexandra Kelly Roche
20 May 2019

Great presentation

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Anne Spinner
18 May 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed this course very easy to connect with the educator

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John Yenubari
16 May 2019


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Nari Shin
14 May 2019

The last five minutes of the resource was very useful in terms of the evidence and I look forward to finding more resources to back up the link between the mood and the diet changes as well as the simple exercise methodes.

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Wendy Williams
02 May 2019

Entertaining and informative gut guide

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Anneke Oostra
29 Apr 2019

Great and well set out presentation with good information and data to support the connection between the brain and the gut. A must for everyone who is interested in health care and their own health.

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Sylvia Biddle
25 Apr 2019

I enjoyed this education as it made me aware of the way I go about mental health and that nutrition is part of the healing process.

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Marion Carter
24 Apr 2019

A good understandable source of information. Well researched. Delivered in clear, simple and enjoyable style.

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Leonie Macpherson
29 Mar 2019

Great informative and interesting Good evidence based lecture

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Dianne Walsh
16 Mar 2019

This resource was empowering to know that research is showing that in some cases there is a strong link to our gut microbiome and our mental health. A 40 per cent link between food and depression has been shown. We now know that 90 per cent of serotonin is made in the gut and many inflammatory responses come from the gut. This was a great presentation to encourage clinicians to begin the conversations of mind and gut connection with our clients.