HEALTH ADVOCATE

One of Nelly's passions is combining health promotion messages with comedy. She passionately believes that health promotion is best delivered in a well-researched and intelligent but entertaining and non-judgemental way.  

With sensitivity, difficult topics can be addressed in plain language, with humour and without being preachy or boring.

Nelly offers live shows on a range of issues - from adolescent sexual health to mental health to women's health and Indigenous Health - and finds that these and other hard-to-talk-about issues can opened up when people feel comfortable and have a laugh.

 
"I'd like to thank you for your unique contribution to the conference program. [which] provided a fantastic incentive, and reward, for attendees to stay seated until the very end." Jerril Rechter, CEO, Victorian Health Promotion Agency

"I'd like to thank you for your unique contribution to the conference program. [which] provided a fantastic incentive, and reward, for attendees to stay seated until the very end." Jerril Rechter, CEO, Victorian Health Promotion Agency

In the early stages of her career, Nelly focussed on young people - especially their sexual health - and has well over a decade's experience offering comedy health promotion shows in schools and other youth settings. These days she prefers to focus more on the adults who work and care for young people and adult health in general.

Nelly is a highly sought-after key-note speaker (see her TESTIMONIALS here) and MC in health circles and regularly trusted to speak to various groups.

How did it all begin?

About 12 years ago Meg Gulbin (then the Health Promotion Officer at the Royal Women's Hospital) asked Nelly to help them with their sex education for teenage girls.

Meg said the young women they were trying to engage were bored and she wondered if Nelly could make their sex education more fun. Nelly wrote a show called the Condom Dialogues which went on to your for over a decade.

Since then, Nelly has combined her comedic and communication skills with robust research and partnerships with health experts to develop a suite of funny health promotion shows as well as a health promotion DVD.

When done right, humour is an effective, guilt-free and entertaining way to talk about health and wellbeing.

Andrew O'Keefe and Nelly Thomas sign Victoria's Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women in 2009

Andrew O'Keefe and Nelly Thomas sign Victoria's Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women in 2009

In 2016, Nelly was announced as the Official Ambassador for Jean Hailes Women's Health - Australia's leading women's health organisation.. She accepted this role with great pride.

In 2016, Nelly was announced as the Official Ambassador for Jean Hailes Women's Health - Australia's leading women's health organisation.. She accepted this role with great pride.

Nelly talks about body image

Find out what Comedian and Jean Hailes Ambassador Nelly Thomas does to put herself first in this hilarious video and don't forget to sign up to Women's Health Week!

Matthew Mitcham, Zac Anderson, Chris Taylor (The Chaser) and Nelly Thomas at "Living Well: NSW Mental Health Commission"

Matthew Mitcham, Zac Anderson, Chris Taylor (The Chaser) and Nelly Thomas at "Living Well: NSW Mental Health Commission"

Nelly Thomas and Keren Phelps at the Shepparton News Pinks Ribbon Brunch 2016

Nelly Thomas and Keren Phelps at the Shepparton News Pinks Ribbon Brunch 2016