Machteld Huber Keynote Speaker

Machteld Huber

Founder, Positive Health Philosophy (Netherlands)

Machteld Huber

Machteld Huber was originally a general practitioner, but when she experienced several illnesses herself, she discovered that she could actively and positively influence her recovery and well-being. She decided to focus her work on ‘increasing health’, science based.

On the one hand she became a researcher and on the other she started working with seriously damaged people. She developed a new, dynamic concept of health, which she elaborated into the broad concept of ‘Positive Health’ with six dimensions.
To support practical implementation of this person-centered approach she started the Institute for Positive Health in 2015. Huber was named the most influential person in public health care in 2016. Positive Health is now included in Governmental documents, in medical education, is widely used in medical practices, in care for the elderly, as well as in human resource management in businesses, in The Netherlands, as well as internationally. The ‘Handbook Positive Health in general practice, the Dutch example’ appeared in 2021.