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Jul 11, 2022

Paediatric gastroenterologist Professor Marc Benninga. Prof Benninga or Marc as he prefers to be called, studied medicine at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After receiving his Medical degree he worked as a research fellow at the department of paediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam. He performed extensive research on constipation and faecal incontinence in childhood. Subsequently he was trained in paediatrics at the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital in Utrecht, The Netherlands. After his paediatric training he performed research at The Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide, Australia with Geoff Davidson and Taher Omari. During his stay in Adelaide his research focussed on maturation of upper gastrointestinal motility in very young infants. In 1999 he became a staff member in the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam and currently he is the head of the department paediatric gastroenterology & Nutrition. The focus of his current clinical and research work is gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, recurrent abdominal pain, constipation, functional non-retentive faecal incontinence and inflammatory bowel disease in childhood. He also played in the Dutch National hockey team and competed at the Olympics in 1988, Seoul.

In todays podcast episode we had a really interesting conversation about pediatric functional abdominal pain, childhood constipation, and fecal incontinence diagnosis and treatments. We even talked about his interest and research in Gut Directed hypnotherapy. Lots and lots to learn. I hope my talk with Marc as interesting and helpful as I did. Please you enjoy my talk with Prof Marc Benninga.

Jun 27, 2022

Welcome to another Episode of Talking Gut. Todays talk is about Entero-stomal Therapy. My two guests today are both Stomal therapy nurses at the Epworth Hospital in Richmond  Melbourne.


Jackie Berryman is one of two Stomal Therapy Nurses at Epworth Richmond. Jackie came to nursing later in life after many years within the corporate world. She utilized her Arts Degree to enter a Masters of Nursing Science which is a 2 year entry to practice course. In 2011, at the age of 48, Jackie did her graduate nursing at Peter MacCallum and then went on to complete the Graduate Certificate of Stomal Therapy Nursing.

Jackie has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Melbourne (also completed as a mature age student), a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from Swinburne University of Technology, Masters in Nursing Science and a Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy Nursing. She is currently the Treasurer for the Victorian branch of the Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses.

Renuka Clarke is the other Stomal Therapy nurse at Epworth Richmond. Renuka has been a nurse for 40 years and still loves it.  The last 12 years has been as a Stomal Therapy Nurse.

Renuka has a diverse nursing background commencing in Townsville and then a post graduate placement with Mother Teresa in Kolkata, India.  She returned to Melbourne to work in a variety of general nursing roles culminating in Stomal Therapy.


In todays talk we discussed what a stoma is, what’s involved in the process of getting a stoma and the role of the nurses that help patients pre and post-surgery. We also discussed some of the challenges individual with Stomas can face and how these incredible nurses help them manage them.

Jun 13, 2022

Welcome to another Episode of Talking Gut, and today I have the honour of presenting someone a person I deeply respect, Prof Lin Chang. I met prof Chang many years ago while she was visiting Melbourne to present at ANGMA, The Australasian  Neurogastroenterolgy and Motility Association conference, and again during DDW conference in Chicago and San Diego.

Please allow me to introduce Prof Chang

Lin Chang, MD is a Professor of Medicine and Vice-Chief of the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases, Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She serves as the Co-Director of the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience at UCLA. She is also Program Director of the UCLA Gastroenterology Fellowship Program. Dr. Chang’s clinical and research expertise is in disorders of brain-gut disorders. Her research focuses on the pathophysiology of IBS related to stress, early life adversity, sex differences, and epigenetic factors, and the treatment of IBS. She is currently the Clinical Research Councilor of the AGA Governing Board. She previously served as President of the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society (ANMS) and is a member of the Rome Foundation Board of Directors.

So…todays talk is about Stress and the Gut

We all know stress affects the gut, but how does it all work.

Some things you may know, but Im sure you are going to learn so much more.

We cover everything from how stress affects the gut from a neurobiological perspective, to how stress affects the microbiota,. There is just so much more and I just want to jump straight into it! Lets go!

Please enjoy my conversation with Prof Lin Chang

May 30, 2022

Welcome to Season 4, of The Talking Gut Podcast show. Wow, It’s been a long time and a lot has happened in the world since my last post, but I am excited to say I am back!, Back with new and truly fascinating episodes about the gut.

Todays topic is Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder or ARFID.

Its an episode that has been in the making for some time, and Id like to thank todays guest Dr Helen Burton Murray for her time and patience in bringing this to you.

Just alittle background before we dive in…

Dr. Burton Murray is a psychologist and the Director of the GI Behavioral Health Program at Massachusetts General Hospital within the Center for Neurointestinal Health. She is specializes in the intersection of problematic eating behaviors and disorders of gut-brain interaction, including behavioral treatments to improve patients' nutritional status and eating-related quality of life. Dr Burton Murray has also has published in highly regarded research journals and undertaking fascinating research Massachusetts General Hospital.


In todays podcast we discuss

  1. What is ARFID?
  2. What is the prevalence, how common is it?
  3. What are the potential consequences of ARFID?
  4. What is the distinction from classic eating disorders, How do you distinguish ARFID from just Fussy eating and of course, how we discussed evidence based treatments. And of course as always, lots more.!!

Please enjoy my conversation with Dr Helen Burton-Murray