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. He is based at Clinicare GP Clinic, Fitzroy, Melbourne and also provides Telehealth consultations for patients across Australia.

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Dr Mackay has a special interest in preventing and managing chronic disease with whole foods plant-based nutrition and other evidence-based lifestyle interventions. 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 immersion retreats, seminars and webinars and often speak at public and private events.

Future events:

  • Plant-based nutrition webinar series: 4 sessions over 2 weeks, next series starts 11th July 2021
  • 6-day Plant-based health immersion retreat – next dates tbc
  • NB our face-to-face seminars are on hold until further notice


  • 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

  • International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference USA, September 2019
  • 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)

Media presentations

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

**Menopausal symptoms reduced by a vegan diet with soy**A new study from PCRM found that a low-fat vegan diet plus soybeans reduced moderate to severe hot flushes by 84%. Other quality of life measures also improved in this 12-week study. Many of the subjects reported complete resolution of hot flushes.Previous studies of soy and soy-based supplements have not always shown benefits. This may be because soy isoflavones have only weak estrogen-like effects, including some estrogen blocking actions. However, the gut microbiome can convert daidzein (an isoflavone) into equol which has a stronger estrogen-like effect, but only if you have the right type of microbiome. Most vegans, but not omnivores, have gut microbes that can produce equol. The study subjects were given Instant Pots and dry soybeans and instructed to consume ½ cup (86g) of cooked soybeans per day. We calculated the equivalent amount of other soy products based on protein content: 86g cooked soybeans approximates to 100g tofu, 120g tempeh or 500ml soy milk (from whole soybeans) per day. The intervention group were given support to eat a low-fat vegan diet based on fruit, vegetables, whole grains, legumes with minimal oil, nuts and avocados.This study demonstrates the wholistic nature of nutrition – the potential benefits of soy isoflavones were only realised in the context of a low-fat vegan diet.PCRM post: www.pcrm.org/news/news-releases/study-shows-diet-causes-84-drop-troublesome-menopausal-symptoms-w...PubMed link: pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34260478/ ...
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