Technical Advisory Team

At HCANZA we are privileged to be part of a much larger Health & Wellness community made of Doctors, Allied Health Professionals, Corporate Well-Being Advocates, Consumer Health Advocates, Researchers and many more. We are grateful to those that voluntarily join our Advisory Team, strengthening our collective scientific baseline with current patient and client-centred best practices occurring in clinics and workplaces.
Take the time to understand the technical expertise and strengths each one of them brings to our community through blog posts, virtual expert meetings and resources.
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Fiona Cosgrove

Masters Sports Science, Masters Counselling, NBC-HWC – National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Australia

Fiona Cosgrove holds master’s degrees in Sports Science and in Counselling. She is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach and is undertaking PhD studies through Canterbury Christchurch University in UK.   Fiona has owned and managed several highly successful health clubs where she offered coaching services before heading up the Golden Door group of Health Retreats in Australia.  As a University lecturer, keynote speaker and author, she is highly respected and known for her passion for supporting people in sustainable lifestyle change –  not only those struggling with health conditions but to ensure optimal wellness for all.  Fiona is a member of the Global Wellness Institute’s Wellness Coaching Initiative who have released a white paper on the profession and are working towards further publications and awareness of the field.

Fiona has been a pioneer in the health and wellness coaching industry in Australia for over 15 years.  Her training school, Wellness Coaching Australia was the first international program to be an approved program under the stringent terms of  the NBHWC.  Fiona firmly believes that the way forward is ensuring that standards are set around training but also the assessment of coaches to ensure that they can deliver the practical side of coaching that is necessary to help others change for good –  as well as the knowledge they need to ensure the safety of clients. In this way the public and medical industries will recognise the scope and have trust in the important work that health and wellness coaches do.



Dr Suzy Green

D.Psyc.(Clin.) MAPS
Founder & CEO, The Positivity Institute

Dr Suzy Green is a Clinical and Coaching Psychologist (MAPS) and Founder & CEO of The Positivity Institute, a Sydney-based positively deviant organisation dedicated to the research and application of the science of optimal human functioning in organisations and schools. She is a leader in the complementary fields of Coaching Psychology and Positive Psychology having conducted a world-first study on evidence-based coaching as an Applied Positive Psychology. Suzy has published over twenty academic chapters and peer reviewed journal articles including the Journal of Positive Psychology. She is the co-editor of “Positive Psychology Coaching in Practice” (Green & Palmer, 2018), “Positive Psychology Coaching in the Workplace” (Smith, Boniwell & Green, 2021) and “The Positivity Prescription” (Green, 2019). Suzy lectured on Applied Positive Psychology as a Senior Adjunct Lecturer in the Coaching Psychology Unit, University of Sydney for ten years and is an Honorary Vice President of the International Society for Coaching Psychology. Suzy is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of East London, an Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Wellbeing Science, University of Melbourne and an Affiliate of the Institute for Well-Being, Cambridge University. Suzy is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Coach Hub, a leading global coaching technology platform. Suzy is an official ambassador for the Starlight Children’s Foundation and she maintains a strong media profile appearing on television, radio and in print.

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Dr Cliff Harvey

PhD, DipFit, DipNat

Dr Cliff Harvey is a registered clinical nutritionist, former world champion and world record-holding strength athlete, and researcher. He has been coaching people ranging from world champion athletes through to the chronically and acutely unwell to perform at their best, since the 1990s. Cliff’s research has focused on the use of medium-chain triglycerides to mitigate ‘keto-flu’ and encourage faster induction of nutritional ketosis, and on identifying markers of carbohydrate tolerance and appropriateness of different diets to individuals.

He is the founder of the Holistic Performance Institute, a private tertiary college, and is the author of many books including The Carbohydrate Appropriate Diet, the Ashton-Wylie Book Award finalist Time Rich, Cash Optional and The Credo: 8 Simple virtues for living with passion and purpose in the post-truth era.

Dr Gordon Spence

Gordon is a highly experienced leadership development practitioner and coach, published author, educator, researcher, registered psychologist and exercise scientist (both NSW). He has 20+ years’ experience leading tertiary-level coaching programs at the Coaching Psychology Unit (University of Sydney) and Sydney Business School (University of Wollongong).

With a PhD in coaching psychology, Gordon has always been passionate about evidence-based practice and continuously leveraged his unique blend of skills and experience to assist individuals, teams and organisations address challenges related to employee engagement, transformational leadership, interpersonal effectiveness, and workplace wellbeing.  

Gordon is extremely pragmatic and very focused on helping clients understand key areas of development and enact plans that can produce tangible and sustainable results. He has worked as a facilitator and coach within numerous private and public sector organisations, including AMP, Bankers Trust, Uniting NSW/ACT, Qantas and NSW Health.

Gordon has also made numerous contributions to knowledge in the fields of leadership and coaching, through various editorial roles (journals and books) and authorship of over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. As an exercise scientist, he has authored Get Moving Keep Moving and 26 Ways to Keep Moving.


  • PhD – Coaching Psychology, University of Sydney (2006)
  • Masters Applied Science (Coaching Psychology), University of Sydney (2005)
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Class I Hons), University of Wollongong (2001)
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, University of Newcastle (2022)
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Luke Watts

Founder and CEO, The Cancer Coach

Luke Watts is a dynamic and hands-on Chief Executive Officer (CEO) focused on redefining the future of healthcare in cancer and other chronic illnesses.

Taking the experience and knowledge gained over a decade, Luke has committed himself to developing innovative cancer journey support strategies, ultimately leading to his founding The Cancer Coach.

With access across eleven countries, The Cancer Coach is an international network of qualified health coaches specifically supporting people with cancer. Integrating evidence-based lifestyle protocols with a growing understanding of the behavioural dynamics of a person undergoing their cancer journey sets The Cancer Coach apart.

Luke is an advocate of, and activist for, the development of community healthcare practices with a commitment to tackling health inequality. The Tree of Life is a community health platform that can be tailored to reach underserved communities impacted by socio-economic, education, ethnicity, and disability challenges, with restricted access to health system services.

The future involves exploring the potential of emerging technology in pursuing enhanced health and digital therapeutics. Re-Mission, an integrated wearable and AI service, is the next logical step in the upward trajectory of The Cancer Coach.