Prof Craig Hassed: Mindfulness and its personal and professional benefits (interview)

Professor Craig Hassed OAM has been working within the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University since 1989 but also teaches into various other faculties, and is coordinator of mindfulness programs across Monash. In 2021, he became the founding Director of Education at the Monash Centre for Consciousness and Contemplative Studies (M3CS). His teaching, research and clinical interests include mindfulness, mind-body medicine, lifestyle medicine, integrative medicine and medical ethics. Craig developed and integrated into the Monash medical curriculum the world-first mindfulness-based healthy lifestyle course called the Health Enhancement Program and has collaborated with Australian and international universities helping them to integrate similar content. He has authored over 110 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has published 14 books and 17 book chapters. Craig is regularly invited to speak and run courses in Australia and overseas in health, educational, government and corporate contexts. He was the founding president and patron of Meditation Australia, is a Smiling Mind ambassador and a regular media commentator having featured in the documentaries, The Connection, and My Year of Living Mindfully. He co-authored with Richard Chambers two free Mindfulness MOOCs (massive open online courses) in collaboration with Monash University and FutureLearn, both of which are rated by Class Central as the two leading online mindfulness courses and among the 10 top online courses for any subject globally. In 2019 Craig was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to Medicine.

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