Dr Malcolm Mackay – General medical practice and lifestyle medicine

Dr Malcolm Mackay is a General Practitioner with more than 30 years of experience in medical practice. He has a broad range of skills across the full spectrum of general practice. His practice is based at   Clinicare, Fitzroy, Melbourne. He also provides Telehealth consultations for patients from other regions of Australia.

Dr Mackay has a special interest in preventing and managing chronic disease with whole foods plant-based nutrition. He is co-author of a website providing information and resources for those interested in this approach and is active in social media. Malcolm and his nutritionist
partner Jenny host seminars and webinars and often speak at public and private events.

Future events:

  • One day plant-based nutrition seminar, Sunday 25th August 2019
  • 6-day Plant-based health immersion retreat, 8th to 13th September 2019


  • Consultations (in person)
  • Telehealth consultations (within Australia)


  • Nutrition one-day seminars
  • Nutrition & liefstyle immersion retreats
  • Workplace nutrition programs
  • Webinars
  • Available for speaking events

Qualifications & Training

Medical degree

  • BMBS – Flinders University (1984)

Additional training

  • Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition – Deakin University (1993)
  • Board Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician (IBLM)
  • Plant Based Nutrition Certificate – eCornell
  • Certificate of Sports Medicine (ASMF/RACGP)

Professional affiliations

  • Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine
  • Doctors for Nutrition – GP Resources Advisor
  • GP Affiliate, Monash University

Recent conferences

  • Awarded Fellowship at the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine Conference, Auckland, June 2019
  • Doctors For Nutrition Conference, Melbourne, February 2019 (workshop presenter)
  • Veg and Vines Lifestyle Medicine Conference, Gisbourne NZ, January 2019 (conference presenter)
  • International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference USA, September 2018

Media presentations

For more information about whole foods plant based nutrition, visit my other website and associated Facebook page:

National Diabetes Week has now come to an end. We hope you enjoyed our series of posts on diabetes. We thought it important to finish with a post about deprescribing diabetes medications.

A low fat, whole foods, plant-based diet and modest physical activity is effective for reversing insulin resistance. This will reverse diabetes in those who retain the capacity to produce normal amounts of insulin and reduce insulin requirements in those with reduced or absent capacity to produce insulin. However, long term type 2 diabetes, even pre-diabetes, leads to progressive loss of insulin producing cells and some people may not be able to completely reverse their diabetes by reversing insulin resistance, but they will require less medication to control it, and be less likely to suffer heart disease or kidney failure.

A low fat WFPB diet can reduce insulin resistance so quickly that the medication doses that were required to keep the blood glucose from being too high, now cause hypoglycaemia. We recommend that you enlist the support and supervision of your doctor before making abrupt dietary changes as insulin and other diabetes medications may need to be reduced within days of starting. Our 6-day Immersions provide this support as Dr Malcolm Mackay is on-site and able to supervise any necessary reductions in medications.

Many doctors may not be familiar with the concept of deprescribing – progressively reducing medications as the person gets better – because the teaching is that conditions like type 2 diabetes are progressive diseases that never get better, and this is true when we don’t treat the cause, which is the food that people eat every day.

Our next immersion retreat begins on September 8th, see:

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