Rick Kausman

Dr Rick Kausman is a medical doctor who is recognised as the Australian pioneer of the non-dieting approach to healthy weight management.

Dr Rick is:

  • Australian Medical Association (AMA) spokesperson on weight management and eating behaviour
  • Chairperson, Body Image and Health Inc. 2001-2004; having been a committee member since 1992
  • Fellow of the Australian College of Psychological Medicine
  • Consultant to the Jean Hailes Foundation
  • Board member of the Butterfly Foundation
  • Committee member of the National Health and Medical  Research Council (NHMRC) working party on guidelines for health professionals on 'overweight', 2001-2003
  • Executive Council member of Australian Society for the Study of Overweight (ASSO) from 1993-2002
  • Regularly interviewed by the print media, television and radio

But he believes his greatest achievement has been to survive (so far, anyway) living in a house with two adolescent daughters, a wife, and a female golden retriever.


Professional Speaker

Dr Rick is an inspiring and motivational speaker.  He regularly speaks at corporate, medical and community group conferences and seminars.  Talk and seminar topics include:

  • If not dieting, then what?
  • How to eat chocolate without feeling guilty!  A guide for women in the 21st Century
  • Protecting our children from eating disorders and promoting healthy eating
  • 5 golden guidelines for guilt-free healthy eating
  • Balancing health, weight and happiness


'Thank you so much.  We now feel informed and empowered.  Your humour and content made for a great event'. 
Rachel Robertson, Young Presidents Organisation


'I am always fascinated by the individual patient stories you have and the wealth of information you so easily share to a wide range of audiences. Feedback following your session was very positive'. 
Sabina Bradfield, Public Relations, The Body Shop.

'Your passion, experience and commitment to the practice of assisting people to live the healthiest lives possible is truly an inspiration to those fortunate enough to hear you speak'.
Dr Zoe McCallum, Consultant Paediatrician, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne

'A great success'. 
Cathie Maclean, Health and Fitness Co-ordinator, Coles Myer Ltd.

'The feedback from the participants ..... has been incredibly positive'. 
Trish Mundy, Program Manager, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.


'The best talk on this subject I have ever heard'. 
Annual Update Course for General Practitioners.




Dr Rick Kausman is a prize-winning author for his book 'If Not Dieting, Then What?', which won the Australian Food Writers Award for Best Nutrition Writing.  'If Not Dieting, Then What?' is currently in its 8th print run.  His second book is entitled 'Calm Eating'.  (Both books are publishes by Allen & Unwin)

In 'If Not Dieting, Then What?', Rick explains how to achieve and maintain a healthy weight without being deprived of food or losing quality of life.


'For anyone who's unhappy about their weight, confused about food and fed up with diets that don't work: finally someone making sense.' 
Kaz Cooke

'This book is like a breath of fresh air... it is probably the best approach to the problem of excess weight that I have read.' 
Rosemary Stanton

For more reviews and feedback click here: 'If Not Dieting, Then What?'

In 'Calm Eating', he draws together his own writings, inspirational quotes from some of his clients who are personally dealing with issues of weight management, eating behaviour and body image, and quotes from other writers.

'Calm Eating is fantastic'. 
Janet Michelmore, AO, Director, The Jean Hailes Foundation


Dr Rick has also had three papers published in the peer reviewed medical journal, The Australian Family Physician (Two articles in 2000 and the third in 2003). 


Individual care

Over the last 17 years, Dr Rick has had the opportunity of listening to, and working with, thousands of people who have shared their stories with him.  He is the principal of the If not dieting Weight Management and Eating Behaviour Clinic, and consults on a daily basis with clients who have difficulties with weight management and eating behaviour, taking a multi-disciplinary approach in his management of clients.  Dr Rick works with a team of health professionals including dietitians, psychologists, exercise specialists, physiotherapists and chefs, if and when appropriate for the individual person.


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