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Dr Joanna

Keynote Speaker, Nutrition Scientist, Dietician & Author


A PHD qualified nutrition scientist and accredited practising dietitian Dr Joanna McMillan is one of Australia’s favourite and most trusted health and wellbeing experts.

Jo has a natural ability to translate complex science into simple, everyday messages that engage & educate.

With a powerful, passionate and relaxed presenting style, Dr Joanna holds the attention of audiences wherever she goes. Her versatility as a Speaker has allowed her to deliver workshops and keynotes and to host and moderate large scale corporate and high profile public events.

Evidence-based, research-backed and covering topics within the areas of nutrition, diet and lifestyle, the gut and the brain, Jo’s goal is to inspire individuals and give them the information they need to embrace a healthy, active and happier lifestyle.

Talking Points

Brain Food

Do you ever think about how your food, drink and lifestyle choices may be impacting your brain? Learn how to optimally fuel your brain to work at its best, while slowing the ageing of the brain and your risk of cognitive decline.

Fuelling You & Your Gut Microbiome

Until now we thought nutrition was all about us. Well it turns out we have to think not just about fuelling ourselves optimally, but also fuelling our gut bugs, collectively called the microbiome. This session is all about harnessing the power of your microbiome to optimise your health and wellbeing.

Eating Your Way to Awesome

We all want to look and feel our best and have the energy to give and get the most out of every day. This session is all about busting the myths, exposing the pseudoscience and illuminating the factors that are truly important when it comes to the food we eat.

Be Your Own Health Advocate

Dr Jo will share with you the latest knowledge - busting myths and misconceptions along the way - on how food, drink, exercise, activity, stress and sleep can all influence not only your health in the immediate and long-term, but also drive high self-esteem and happiness, and in turn optimal

The Future of Food

How are we to feed the growing world population and do so in a sustainable way that looks after planetary health as well as our own? What foods are likely to feature in our diets within our lifetimes and what shifts will we have to make to our food systems and how we think about food? Dr Jo will share the insights from science and agriculture to give us a glimpse of the future and encourage us towards the foods and ways of eating that are on the right track for long happy lives on a flourishing planet earth.
Joanna has worked with the Calliden Group on 3 occasions now to speak to a combined audience of over 200 women about general well being. Our dealings with Joanna from onset have been professional yet executed with utmost simplicity. Joanna has captivated audiences with practical advice and received many compliments along the way. She has taken the time to tailor her tips to suit individuals who have been most grateful for her support. Joanna is a picture of glowing health who is living proof that her beliefs work. I would have no hesitation in recommending Joanna and will definitely engage in her services again in the future. 10 out of 10 on every level. Calliden Group

Joanna's advice on how to improve one's personal well-being through sensible exercise and better nutrition was well received by her audience of Rotarians and their partners at the annual conference. Her pleasant and informed approach to the subject was enthralling and she provided vital information with the right mix of humour and examples from her own life experiences. Joanna’s delivery was both stimulating and challenging, such that many in the audience planned to make immediate changes to their own life styles in order to achieve more joy in their life. An excellent presentation!

Rotary Club of Berwick

Jo McMillan is a breath of fresh air as an MC. Vibrant, witty, well prepared and totally engaging of the audience attending. As an Ambassador to the Foundation, Jo also successfully conveyed to the audience that the function she MCed was a fundraiser, with funds raised on the evening indicating the measure of her success. We thank her very much for her contribution to the Foundation generally, and as a fabulous MC and speaker at our recent White Night Gala Ball, attended by over 200 guests.

Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc.

I've seen Dr Joanna speak several times at different events and conferences - both virtually and live in person. Jo ticks every box you'd want in a speaker - she's THE expert in her space; she's super engaging and warm with her audience and she explains things in a way that makes you want to make a change to the way you live. She's also brilliant to work with - on the briefing calls, and on-site with the client, I always enjoy being around her Scottish charm !! ;) If you're thinking of booking Jo for your event - I can't recommend her highly enough.

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