Luke ran a sensational forum on patient recovery for staff from our Service at RNS Hospital. Staff absolutely LOVED it and feedback included, “Awesome”, “Left beaming”, “Learned a lot about recovery”, “Inspirational and relevant,” “Best presentation ever”. Luke has an amazing ability to change the perceptions of living with a chronic illness as well as inspiring and motivating through music and humour”

— Dr Glenys Dore, Psychiatrist, Clinical Director Northern Sydney Drug & Alcohol Service.

In Praise of Hospital Food - A patient perspective

A big part of my work as a keynote speaker and patient health advocate is challenging assumptions and cliches about healthcare. 

Another big part is expressing appreciation and gratitude for all the brilliant, hard-working people in our health system. 

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Why I'm sick of hearing "never give up"

Some people say giving up is not an option. They don’t just say it, they shout it at themselves through clenched teeth while lifting something heavy over their heads for no particular reason. 

Then they write an ebook about…

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Why don't men talk about IBD?

Look, I don’t want to sound like a man-hating feminist. 

A lot of my best friends are men. A lot of my heroes too. In fact, I’m a man. 

But when it comes to talking honestly and openly…

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Wait, have I had an ostomy or a lobotomy

There was a time when nobody went on TV and talked about what was happening deep inside our colons. Do you remember that time? It was called the 90s. 

It was also called the 80s, 70s, 60s, 50s, 40s….well…

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How I feel on World IBD Day

Today is World IBD Day, a day to put a microphone in front of people living with Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis. 

This year marks the 25th anniversary of my diagnosis with Crohn's at the age of 14. 

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We first invited Luke to present his personal experience with Crohn's disease to an audience of health professionals at the National Medicines Symposium 2012. His story, told in such an articulate, energetic, honest and humorous way has been talked about since, and replayed even now on our YouTube channel. Luke is one talented individual, and I highly recommend him. ”

— Maarinke van der Meulen, NPS Medicinewise

In the years that I have worked with Luke Escombe I have never failed to be impressed and amazed by his talent, level of commitment, professionalism and passion for raising awareness of an illness that so many are unable to even speak about.”

— Francesca Manglaviti, CEO of Crohn's and Colitis Australia

Luke is a fabulous speaker and entertainer and his deep sincerity drawing from his own life experience is truly engaging. Luke collaborated with a local regional pain support group and spoke to its members who were predominantly chronic pain sufferers on maintaining one's health and empowerment despite pain. He draws great depth from his own journey and presented the topic given to him with a sense of humour that only Luke can do!”

— Joyce McSwan, Managing Director PainWISE