Pens down! It’s time to rethink the smartest investment for your career… your wellbeing.

Join us this August for a conversational workshop with talks from inspiring health and wellness leaders as we adopt a positive and healthy mindset in our careers. Smash strategic goals and achieve your resolutions in 2019 by evolving your day-to-day wellbeing.

This morning-masterclass will inspire you to think about your holistic wellbeing, indulging the mind and body through a positive mindset, personal health and fitness, mindfulness, and more.

With such busy lives and competing priorities, our wellbeing is often pushed to the side but at the end of the day you can’t pour from an empty cup!

Here’s to empowering and thriving in 2019!

Meet the Panelists

Dr Bhavi Ravindran

Dr Bhavi Ravindran, is a Junior Doctor with Hunter New England Health and the 2019 Newcastle’s Young Citizen of the Year. He has completed rotations in Infectious Diseases and Hepatitis in Chennai, India and an internship wit the Word Health Organisations in Manila – after which he was offered a position as a consultant. Bhavi is also a member of The Australian Medical Council and an executive member of the New South Wales Junior Medical Officer Forum. In his spare time, Bhavi likes to play classical music, go for runs along the beach and build robots.


Renée Wilkinson

Since the age of twelve, Renée has been involved in meditation groups, spiritual workshops and energy healing traineeships. At 18 she completed an Energy Healing Traineeship in Singapore and spent 3yrs with more formal training, studying Neuro-Linguistic Kinesiology, Touch For Health, Theta Healing, Kinergetics, ‘PKP’ Professional Kinesiology Practice. In a bid to shake off the ‘woo woo’ and be ‘normal’, she spent 4 years working in Australian TV Drama where she worked her way up to a Head of Department  as Script/Continuity Supervisor for shows such as ‘Home and Away’ and ‘Doctor Doctor’, as well as a series of short films. In 2017 she found herself in a 200hr yoga teacher training in Thailand, which led her back to her intuitive roots, rebuilding her Kinesiology business and in 2019 opening ‘The Open Mind Space’, a holistic yoga and wellbeing centre in Newcastle with her husband Murray. Together they now offer yoga, meditation, mindfulness, alternative therapies and a monthly Free Full Moon Meditation on Bar Beach.

Dr Stewart Oxley

Stewart has been studying and working in Psychology since 2011 and graduated with a Doctorate in Clinical and Health Psychology. He has experience in clinical mental health and mental health issues associated with physical health. Stewart has clinical interests in a broad range of ares including: Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Adjustment Issues, Work and Study Problems, Alcohol and Substance Use Problems, Psychosis, Grief & Loss, Trauma, Sexuality Issues and Suicide/Self-harm. He has worked in Private Practice, headspace, Primary Mental Health Care, Community Mental Health, Employment Services, Workplace Injury Rehabilitation, EAP, Psycho-Oncology, Palliative Care, C-L Psychiatry, Inpatient and A&E assessments for Suicide/Self-Harm and Forensic settings. Stewart is a Conjoint Lecturer at the School of Medical and Public Health and Conjoint Fellow of the School of Psychology.

Mel Gearing

After graduating as a Medical Herbalist top of her class and with a scholarship in 2011, Mel opened her private practice. She has since completed further qualifications in Nutritional Medicine and Naturopathy, as well as a Bachelor Degree of Health Science, in Complementary Medicine. Mel became a new Mum in 2017 and has plans to start a Masters degree to finalise her studies, just as soon as she catches her breath! She proudly released her third recipe book ‘From Peasant Foods to Superfoods’ in December 2018. Mel is host of her podcast show The Naked Naturopath, on The Wellness Couch. She is a founding member of the WEA Academy of Complementary Health Alumni and also teaches Herbal Medicine. Current clients will know that Mel often has final year students in her clinic and is passionate about developing and producing high quality Naturopaths that the community can rely on. When she is not in the clinic, teaching, writing recipe books, podcasting or tutoring she can be found working on her other passion with her coach and hubby-Olympic Weightlifting.


When | 7am, Thursday 22 August 2019
Where | Quest Newcastle West,787 Hunter St, Newcastle West
Cost | $30 pp + bf
Dress Code | Business

hyp Community Partnership

$1 of every ticket sold for HYP events in 2019 will be donated to the Mark Hughes Foundation through our community partnership. You can make an optional extra contribution when you purchase your ticket.

Thanks to our Sponsors

hyp is sponsored by City of Newcastle, Jirsch Sutherland, and Sparke Helmore.



Quest Newcastle West


22 August 2019 at 7am