Growing Healthy Kids Presentation & Discussion Evening, 13th March 2013

Wouldn’t it be great if growing healthy kids were as simple as going to Bunnings and purchasing the right products, weeding them and watering them? But most of us here tonight would have made the discovery that raising a family is a lot more complex than that.

Our children are as complex as they are delightful, and everyone who comes to the task of parenting has had a different experience of what it is to be a child themselves.

But what is it exactly that makes for a healthy kids? Is it merely a matter of what they eat? And can we even speak of what makes for healthy children apart from what it is that makes for a healthy family?

Well, tonight we’re going to be guided through these questions by our three eminently capable speakers. Ben, Colleen and Robert bring their professional expertise to this seminar, but they also bring their own experiences of raising children and understand the difficulties of putting their expertise into practice.

Dr. Robert Harwick studied medicine at the University of Sydney and is a well-known consultant pediatrician at the SAN. Robert pursues broad interests in his field, including newborn care, developmental and neurological functioning of children, allergies and evidence-based medicine. Robert is married to Joanne and has three adult children. You can listen to Robert’s talk below :

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Colleen Hirst is a clinical psychologist and family therapist who has worked in the counselling industry for many years. Key models in her approach to counselling include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy. Colleen is married to Greg and has five adult children. You can listen to Colleen’s talk below :

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Ben Waters is a food technologist. Ben has worked in a number of restaurants and after moving to Sydney in 2001 completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Food Technology). Ben’s studies centered on nutrition and manufacturing and he has worked as a Research Food Scientist. Ben is married to Robyn, and has 3 young daughters, all who love ‘Daddy’s cooking.’ You can listen to Ben’s talk below :