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Since 2004, Brett has been the Publisher & Editor of his own LGBT+ magazine – Q Magazine – based in Melbourne, Australia. Brett has been an advocate for his community for over 35 years including 12 years on the Board of InterPride – 4 as the Region 20 Director, 4 as Secretary and 4 as Co-President. During this time, he also served as Co-Chair of the Communications and the WorldPride Committees of InterPride. His community service has seen him lead many organisations in Victoria including PLWHA (Victoria) – an advocacy organisation for people living with HIV/AIDS – and 11 years with Pride March Victoria. “I believe that if you identify as a member of a particular community then you should do whatever you’re able to work for and with said community”, Brett said. “As frustrating volunteering may be at times, the rewards well outweigh the angst, as you live with the hope that your work will make a difference in some way, shape or form”. Brett is now focussed on the political landscape and is the Chairman, President and State Council representative of his local branch.
Dr. Vijay Murthy B. Nat, BAMS, MS (Ayu),MPH, PhD
Dr. Vijay Murthy, Functional medicine and Ayurveda doctor, Naturopath is a London based practitioner & a public health researcher. Dr. Murthy’s Traditional Complementary & Integrative Health education and clinical background includes training from India, New Zealand, Australia, UK and the USA. After his undergrad and post grad degrees in Ayurveda alongside medical sciences from Bangalore University, Dr. Murthy worked in private practice, hospitals, communities and herbal manufacturing in India. He later became Head of Faculty and academic research leader at a leading natural therapies college in New Zealand, Well Park College of Natural Therapies. Dr. Murthy continued his education, which includes a Mastersin public health from the University of Auckland and PhD in health services research at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. He is a visiting professor of public health at the Trans Disciplinary University, Bangalore, Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Visiting Academic, Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Vice President & Head of Ayurvedic Medicine Research Initiative, UK (AMRIT) research for the Ayurvedic Professional Association (APA), Chief Scientific Officer, Ayurveda in Health. Clinical lead for Ayurveda, College of Medicine, UK.