Dr Craig Hassed trained in medicine at Melbourne University, graduating in 1984. After four years of postgraduate training in hospitals and general practice Craig took up a position in the Monash University Department of General Practice in 1989 where he has been ever since, gaining his fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 1995. Over that time he has been instrumental in introducing a variety of innovations into medical education and practice with teaching, research and clinical interests including mindfulness-based stress management, mind-body medicine, health promotion, integrative medicine and medical ethics.
Craig has a particular interest in fostering wellbeing among medical students and has assisted various universities around Australia and the world, including in the UK, Canada and New Zealand, to introduce similar programs. At Monash University Craig’s role in promoting professional development and wellbeing has expanded to other faculties including physiotherapy, dietetics, occupational therapy, pharmacy, law and the MBA program. Craig is regularly invited to speak and run courses in Australia and overseas in various health, professional and corporate contexts and has been a driving force in the integration of mindfulness-based approaches into many schools around Australia.
Craig’s other positions and awards include being the Deputy Head of the Department of General Practice from 2009 to 2012, receiving the Award for Exceptional Performance in 2003, and being the founding president of the Australian Teachers of Meditation Association. He has been a regular media commentator and has written regularly for medical journals.
Craig has published eight books including New Frontiers in Medicine (Volumes 1 and 2); Know Thyself, on mindfulness-based stress management; The Essence of Health, on the lifestyle approach to health and chronic illness; a textbook co-authored with Kerryn Phelps, General Practice: The integrative approach; a book written with Stephen McKenzie, Mindfulness for Life; a book written with Richard Chambers, Mindful Learning, on the role of mindfulness in education; and a book on epigenetics titled Playing the Genetic Hand Life Dealt You.
Craig was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2019 for service to Medicine.