Michael has previously held positions as a Senior Psychologist at the Australian Institute of Sport, the Queensland Academy of Sport, and as a Sport Psychology Consultant for the Australian Sports Commission.
He has over 15 years of experience providing psychological service to elite sporting programs within Australia and has worked with athletes, coaches, and officials from sports including Swimming, Netball, Rowing, AFL, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Soccer, Triathlon, and Cycling.
Michael has completed his Professional Doctorate in Psychology (Sport & Exercise) and conducted research into areas such as performance routines, motivation, pre-competition emotion and arousal state, and has presented his research findings both nationally and internationally.
He was trained in medicine and public health and worked in refugee health care in the Sudan for Save the Children Fund and Medicins Sans Frontieres. He was CEO of VicHealth from 1998-2007, and from 2008-2011 he chaired the National Preventative Health Taskforce in Australia. He now chairs the Gavi Vaccine Alliance’s Evaluation Advisory Committee, and advises the World Health Organization in the areas of Non Communicable Diseases and Health Promotion.
He has co-edited and co-authored 4 books including Promoting Mental Health, Hands on Health Promotion and his most recent, Recipes for a Great Life written with Gabriel Gate.