As an academic, clinician and active member of professional and community organisations Marek's interests span across several areas of health. His clinical specialty is Behavioural Medicine with a primary focus on the treatment of chronic pain conditions and stress related disorders. His perspective on health is embedded in a wholistic approach to wellness which recognises the importance of a balance between emotional, physical and spiritual elements in life.
“ Dr. Marek Jantos is one of the world’s pre-eminent clinicians and researchers on topics related to pelvic pain. He is a master clinician with more experience in this area than anyone that I am familiar with. His approach is professional, but warm and compassionate, and is guided by his successes with hundreds (if not thousands) of patients.
Dr. Jantos is universally respected and esteemed by his colleagues around the world. I can think of no other clinician to whom I would be more confident in making a referral.”
Dr. Richard Gevirtz, Ph.D., BCIAC
CSPP@ Alliant International University
San Diego, California, USA
“ I have known Dr Marek Jantos at a professional level for 18 years, and have worked in a close collegiate relationship with him since my return to Australia in November 1996. As a person, I find him to be honorable, industrious, trustworthy, compassionate and reliable. Professionally, I find him to be an esteemed and valued colleague. It is fair to say that research done by Drs Glazer and Jantos has revolutionized the medical management of vulvodynia on a global basis. The excellence of his continuing research has been recognised by several publications in the peer reviewed medical literature and by the bestowing of a PhD from Adelaide University. On a personal note, I have also come to know his wife and two daughters quite well, and have stayed in their home in the Adelaide Hills. Dr Jantos is a committed Christian, and is in every respect the soul of integrity. I support his work completely, with no reservation whatsoever.”
A/Prof Richard Reid, MBBS, FACS, FRCOG, FACOG, FRANZCOG
Gynaecologist & Pelvic Reconstructive Surgeon
In relation to academic activities, Marek has lectured in Psychology, Physiology and Behavioural Medicine in tertiary institutions in the Australian Capital Territory and at The University of Adelaide in South Australia. His teaching was recognised for its theoretical and applied content. In addition he presented and co-ordinated many training workshops in Applied Psychophysiology.
As a clinician Marek's work over the last thirty years included consulting in Oncology, Haematology, General Medicine and Sexual Medicine. In the early 90's he was invited to join a team of medical specialists at the Canberra Hospital in the Australian Capital Territory to research and assist with the development of management protocols for chronic pain conditions affecting human sexual function. As a result of his research and clinical work he become aware of the extent to which these disorders constituted an invisible but prevalent disability preventing couples from consummating their intimate relationships and hampering their attempts to conceive and establish families. For sufferers these problems gave rise to high levels of sadness, depression and distress. Working in this neglected area of chronic pain, exemplified by individual stories of personal hurt, suffering and social isolation, proved to be a unique challenge as the therapeutic interventions required insight and qualifications that spanned across several established professional disciplines.
As a recipient of various research and travel grants and with a commitment to increasing awareness of these disorders Marek has become one of Australia's pioneering clinicians in the therapeutic management of female sexual pain disorders. To date he has provided therapy to several thousand patients and published his research in medical journals and contributed to a number of current textbooks. Marek’s work has received national and international recognition. The success of his therapeutic interventions has improved the quality of many lives.
Spirituality & Health Conference
Marek is the founder and convenor of the Australian Conference on Spirituality and Health. The first conference was convened in Australia in 2005 on the campus of The University of Adelaide. The conference brought together over 500 professionals from various disciplines in medicine, health and pastoral care.
“ The Spirituality and Health conferences have emerged in Australia as a direct result of Dr Marek Jantos vision. He has a capacity to bring people together with a common goal to develop an idea into a reality. His ongoing passion for the area of spirituality and health is recognised and respected by his colleagues and has seen the conference become a permanent fixture on the Australian calendar.”
Dr. Ann Harrington
RN, DNE, B.Ed, M.Ng, PhD, FCN, FRCNA
The conferences are organised on a biannual basis and feature leading international and national researchers, speakers, academics and clinicians, highlighting themes on Spirituality and Healthy Lifestyles, Resilience, Compassion, Hope, Forgiveness, Prayer, Spirituality in Adolescents and Youth, Ageing and Palliative Care, Indigenous Spirituality and Cultural Diversity, Spirituality in relation to HIV and AIDS, Psychological Stress, Alcohol and Addictive Behaviours. The theme of the 4th Conference will be Forgiveness, Spirituality and Health: From Brokenness to Wholeness and will be held in Adelaide from 11-13 July 2011. The Spirituality and Health Conference Website provides further details of this upcoming event.
Speaker & Writer
Marek has been a speaker and presenter at various national and international conferences in Europe and the United States. His publications include research on chronic pain, spirituality and health, in particular on the theme of Prayer and Meditation. Marek has always enjoyed contributing to community health initiatives and health education programs. He has coordinated local health education programs in his home city of Adelaide as well as among Indigenous groups in Central Australia. With friends and family Marek continues to be involved in national and international humanitarian aid projects. He enjoys assisting with special children's projects in Africa and Asia.
Marek enjoys country living in the beautiful surrounds of the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. His hobbies include gardening, wood stove cooking, travel and photography.