Dr Craig Hassed is a general practitioner and senior lecturer at the Monash University Department of General Practice. The ESSENCE program he developed is taught there as part of the undergraduate curriculum. He has also been called on to lecture on the program at universities around the world. Dr Hassed’s teaching, research and clinical interests involve mindfulness-based stress management, mind-body medicine, meditation, holistic healthcare, complementary therapies and medical ethics. He teaches at the Petrea King Quest for Life centre and is published widely in peer-reviewed journals and is a regularly called upon for media comment.