Dr Craig Hassed
Telephone: +61 3 9902 4482
Facsimile: +61 3 8575 2233
Dr Craig Hassed is a general practitioner and senior lecturer in the Monash University Department of General Practice where he has been teaching at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels since 1989. He has been instrumental in introducing a variety of innovations into medical education and practice with an emphasis on the application of holistic, integrative and mind-body medicine in medical practice, and reconnecting different knowledge systems, e.g. medical science and philosophy, in a way which is grounded, balanced, scientifically valid and clinically effective. He is a regular speaker in Australia and internationally on these topics and is regularly invited to contribute to a variety of community and professional groups.
- Authoring and taking courses for professional audiences in both face-to-face and distance learning formats through for the Monash University Diploma of Family Medicine, Graduate Certificate of General Practice Psychiatry, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian Psychological Society in:
- Mindfulness-based stress management and cognitive therapy.
- meditation and relaxation therapies.
- mind-body medicine.
- self-care for doctors and medical students.
- Authoring and taking courses for the lay public in stress management, mind-body medicine and meditation.
- Authoring and teaching under and postgraduate courses in medical ethics.
- Other main teaching responsibilities in the Medical Faculty at Monash University include:
- Coordinating undergraduate teaching in Complementary and Integrative Medicine teaching.
- Convener for the undergraduate Health Enhancement and Stress Management Programs for medical and allied health students.
- Convener of second year Health Promotion course incorporating lectures, tutorials and health promotion research projects.
- Clinical work focuses on mindfulness-based stress management and cognitive therapy, meditation, and mind-body medicine.
- Contributing to cancer support programs and taking mindfulness retreats for public and health practitioners at the Gawler Foundation.
- Running lifestyle and self-help programs for MS Australia, MS Society Auckland, Parkinson's Victoria.
- Co-investigator with A. Prof. Nick Allen of Orygen Youth Health. Beyond Blue grant for mindfulness-based intervention for adolescents.
- CONROD/RACGP fellowship 2009.
- Oversight of approximately 115 Health Promotion research projects annually.
Other activities include:
- Numerous national and international conference presentations and workshops.
- Member and Fellow of the RACGP.
- A senior examiner for the Australian Medical Council and RACGP.
- Teaching in cancer residential programs at the Gawler Foundation.
- Coordination and teaching the Swinburne University Graduate School of Integrative Medicine course on mind-body medicine (2003-4).
- Invited lectures at Melbourne University and grand rounds at various hospitals.
- A founding board member of the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association.
- Prior judge for Australian Humanitarian Awards.
- Writing a regular column for the Australian Family Physician (the official journal of the RACGP) on the ÒPhilosophy of MedicineÓ which combines scientific, clinical, social and philosophical issues in medicine. These articles have been recently compiled and published in two volumes entitled ÒNew Frontiers in Medicine.Ó
- Regular presenter on ABC Melbourne radio in 2004.
- Regular media commentator.
- Founding president of the Australian Teachers of Meditation Association
Honours and awards:
Award for exceptional performance 2003: Monash University Department of General Practice
Publications (since 2004):
Peer reviewed articles
- Hassed C. Educating about complementary and alternative medicine. Cancer Forum 2011;35(1):14-17.
- Moir F., Henning M., Hassed C., Elley CR. Using Peers to Enhance Help-Seeking Behavior and Prevent Illness In Future Doctors. 2nd EAPH Annual Conference – Barcelona (Catalonia – Spain). “Healthy Physicians for a Healthy Society”, 1st-3rd December 2010.
- Joyce A., Etty-Leal J., Zazryn T., Hamilton A., Hassed C. Exploring a mindfulness meditation program on mental health of upper primary children: A pilot study. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion 2010;3(2):16-24.
- Pols RG, Battersby MW, Regan-Smith M, Markwick MJ, Lawrence J, Auret K, Carter J, Cole A, Disler P, Hassed C, McGuiness C, Nguyen H.
- Jelinek G, Hassed CS. Managing multiple sclerosis in primary care: are we forgetting something? Qual Prim Care 2009; 17(1): 55-61.
- Hassed C. The role of spirituality in medicine. Aust Fam Physician. 2008 Nov;37(11):955-7.
- Hassed C, de Lisle S, Sullivan G, Pier C. Enhancing the health of medical students: outcomes of an integrated mindfulness and lifestyle program. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2009;14:387-398. 2008 May 31. [Epub ahead of print]
- Hassed C, Sierpina VS, Kreitzer MJ. The health enhancement program at Monash University medical school. Explore (NY). 2008 Nov-Dec;4(6):394-7.
- Kostanski M, Hassed C. Mindfulness as a concept and a process. Australian Psychologist 2008;43(1):15-21.
- Pirotta M, Hassed C, Kotsirilos V, Rawlin M, Sali A. on behalf of the joint RACGP/AIMA Working Group. Teaching CAM in our medical schools Ð is it time to bite the bullet? Focus on Health Professional Education: a multidisciplinary journal. 2007;9(3):6-22.
- Hassed C. Complementary therapies for cerebrovascular disease. Aust Fam Physician. 2007;36(11):921-2
- Hassed CS. Healer, know thyself: mindfulness in the training of health professionals. Psychotherapy in Australia 2007;13(4):52-58.
- Hassed CS, Kotsirilos V, Pirotta M, Sali A. The "therapeutic footprint" of medical, complementary and alternative therapies and a doctor's duty of care. Med J Aust. 2007 Feb 19;186(4):214; author reply 214-5.
- Kostanski M, Hassed C, Gullone E et al.
- Melbourne Academic Mindfulness Interest Group. Mindfulness-based psychotherapies: a review of conceptual foundations, empirical evidence and practical considerations. Aust NZ J Psych 2006;40:285-94.
- Hassed C. Lifestyle factors in the management of cancer. Australian Family Physician. 2006;35(4):242.
- Hassed C. Complementary medicine in the management of diabetes. Australian Family Physician. 2006;35(6):417.
- Hassed C. The ESSENCE of healthcare. Aust Fam Physician. 2005 Nov;34(11):957-60.
- Hassed C. Ecology, environment and the elements. Aust Fam Physician. 2005 Sep;34(9):784.
- Hassed C. An integrative approach to asthma. Aust Fam Physician. 2005 Jul;34(7):573-6.
- Kotsirilos V, Hassed C. Ethical and legal issues at the interface of complementary and conventional medicine. Med J Aust. 2004;181(10):581; author reply 581-2.
- Hassed C. The search for a disease. AFP 2004;33(8):641-2.
- Hassed C. Marriage: is it good for you? AFP 2004;33(6):460-1.
- Hassed CS. Bringing holism into mainstream biomedical education. J Altern Complement Med. 2004 Apr;10(2):405-7.
- Liddell M, Hassed C. The art of medicine in the age of medical technology. Part of Chapter 7 "Medicine, Culture and Technology" in Marika Vicziany (ed.), "Cultures and Technologies in Asia: the paradigm shifts (Proceedings of the conference held on 9-13 February 2004 in Mumbai", Maharashtra State, India, Monash Asia Institute, 2004, ISBN 1 876924 31 4, Monash University Press.
- Hassed C. Taking personal responsibility for our health. Nectar or a poisoned chalice? AFP 2004;33(1-2):74-5.
- Piterman L, Hassed C. S., & Piterman H. (2007) GP Self-care. In Blashki G., Judd F. & Piterman L. (Eds.), General Practice Psychiatry, McGraw Hill: Melbourne.
- Hodgkins G., Wilhelm K., Hassed C. S., & Pierce D. (2007) Psychological Interventions. In Blashki G., Judd F. & Piterman L. (Eds.), General Practice Psychiatry, McGraw Hill: Melbourne.
- Hassed C. (2009) Doing Nothing, Changing Profoundly: The Paradox of Mindfulness in a Case of Anxiety. In Burns G. Happiness, Healing, Enhancement, Wiley: Hoboken NJ.
- Holt T. & Hassed C. (2010) Health Promotion in Curricula. In Wylie A. & Holt T. (Eds.), Health Promotion in Medical Education, Radcliffe: Abingdon UK.
- Hassed C. & Wylie A. (2010) Same Objectives, Different Students. In Wylie A. & Holt T. (Eds.), Health Promotion in Medical Education, Radcliffe: Abingdon UK.
- Hassed C. (2010) Health Promotion Teaching: some examples of sessions and programs. In Wylie A. & Holt T. (Eds.), Health Promotion in Medical Education, Radcliffe: Abingdon UK.
- Hassed C. (2000) New Frontiers in Medicine: the body as the shadow of the soul. Melbourne, Hill of Content.
- Hassed C. (2002) Know Thyself. Melbourne, Michelle Anderson Publishing.
- Hassed C. (2005) New Frontiers in Medicine: the body as the shadow of the soul Ð volume 2. Melbourne, Hill of Content.
- Hassed C. (2008) The Essence of Health: the seven pillars of wellbeing. Sydney, Random House.
- Phelps K., Hassed C. (2010) General Practice: the integrative approach. Sydney, Elsevier.