Dr Stephen Hardy
PhD (Biochemistry and Immunology)
Permaculture Design Certificate
Dr Stephen Hardy was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia. Always fascinated by the natural world, Stephen went to university because he wanted to cure cancer. It didn’t quite turn out that way, despite being awarded a Ph.D. in biochemistry and immunology for research into early cancer from the Flinders University of South Australia. The more research he did, the more he realised he was working at the wrong end of the problem. 80% of cancers are preventable. Why work on a cure for a disease you can avoid?
Realising the future of health and medicine lay not in finding cures but in preventing diseases from occurring in the first place, Stephen devoted himself to looking into how and why we get sick and what you can do to stay healthy and avoid disease. His research took him in surprising directions, even picking up a Permaculture Design Certificate along the way. He also realised you cannot live a healthy life with unhealthy attitudes, unhealthy relationships, unhealthy surroundings or while living in an unhealthy or polluted world. The only way he could spread this message was to go from the laboratory to the lecture theatre and teach others what he knew about how living systems worked. Knowing how nature works gives you options. Having options means you can take charge of your life. It also helps you understand how your choices and decisions can have a profound effect on your health, on the environment and on the health and happiness of your loved ones. Spreading this message is now his mission.
Stephen is a published author and a dynamic, engaging and sought after speaker who brings his infectious passion to everything he does. Capable of tackling a wide variety of topics and equally at home talking specifics or looking at the “Big Picture”, he has the rare gift of making complex issues real, personal and easy to understand.
What Stephen has learned about how living systems work goes beyond just staying healthy. The principles are equally applicable to areas as diverse as health and environmental policy; strategic planning; sustainability and environmental responsibility; living in harmony with nature; adapting to change in a changing world; responsible corporate governance and management and leadership training.
Stephen has also been active for many years in the environmental sector, particularly working with endangered species. He has been on the Board of the Cancer Care Centre (www.cancercarecentre.org.au) and was a long-standing Board member of the not-for-profit registered national charity the Foundation for Australia’s Most Endangered Species (FAME) (www.fame.org.au), is the Founder and Managing Director of Promoting Good Health (www.promotinggoodhealth.com). He lives in the Adelaide Hills.