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Dr Arne Rubinstein

Education Consultant, Inspirational Speaker, Personal Development, Social Commentator, Social Issues

Dr Arne Rubinstein is an expert on adolescent development, with 30 years experience as a doctor, counsellor, mentor, speaker and workshop facilitator. His programs and seminars have been attended by over 25,000 people in Australia and around the world and are designed to support boys and girls to successfully make a safe, healthy transition from children to young adults, with a particular focus on creating coming of age Rites of Passage. In 2008, he was nominated for Australian of the Year for his groundbreaking work with youth.

Dr Arne’s 2013 book, The Making of Men, has become a bestseller and is a practical handbook for parents and teachers of boys. It is the culmination of his years of experience in working with teens and their parents, in particular fathers and sons.

Dr. Arne has made numerous radio, TV and conference appearances including ABC TV, Insight and Studio 10. He was also a keynote speaker at TEDx, Byron Bay. His extensive knowledge on Rites of Passage, Corporate Leadership and Adolescent Development and Transformation provide a fresh insight that will engage and educate any audience. for more information

What other jobs have you had?

I have been a doctor for over 25 years and spent 15 years specialising in adolescent health and emergency medicine. I have also been working with teenagers mentoring, running camps and programs for over 30 years. I was the Founding CEO of The Pathways Foundation, which I built up to be running Rites of Passage programs in 8 locations around Australia and also the Founder of Uplifting Australia which supports the emotional wellbeing and resilience of children and their families around Australia.

What themes are recurring in your work?

As a doctor I saw so many boys who were happy and confident when they were young but then became withdrawn, shutdown, angry and were struggling as teenagers.

I saw many parents who were lost, unable to communicate with their boys and felt completely powerless.

I also saw teenage boys who were doing really well and were motivated about life whilst also having good open relationships with their families.

I became very interested in why some boys did well whilst others seemed to go off the rails and importantly what we as parents and teachers could do about it.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Having young men I worked with when they were 13 or 14 contact me in their late 20’s and talk about how positively influenced they were by my programs. Seeing my work developing and growing around Australia and now internationally.

Winning the Social Ventures Australia Big Boost competition and Tipping Point awards as well as a scholarship to Harvard Business School was incredible. I was honoured to be invited twice to the World Forum for Social Entrepreneurs at Oxford University.

What are you passionate about?

Seeing young men thriving and finding what they are passionate about! I am passionate about stopping them going off the rails and instead finding their true gifts and talents, their genius and their spirit and creating the best possible world for themselves, their families and their communities.

The transition from boy to young man is the most difficult, significant and complex change our sons will experience. What happens during this transition will positively or negatively affect them for the rest of their lives. With life in the 21st Century more challenging and exciting than ever, and with technology having such a major influence, our boys need our help more than ever to find their personal success and avoid the pitfalls.

By giving parents and teachers the tools to support this transition we will ensure our boys move from boy psychology to healthy man psychology and aren’t left somewhere in between.

Haven’t I seen you before?

Maybe! The Today Show, Studio 10, Tedx Byron Bay and the April 2015 edition of Dumbo Feather.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

We need a world of authentic, wonderful, gifted, inspired young men (and women). We don’t need teenagers that are depressed and angry and end up trying to compensate with money and possessions, or drugs and alcohol to make them happy. Young men need to learn how to be the gatekeepers of their own futures as well as their emotions and it’s the role of the whole community to ensure this happens.


We were blessed to have Arne run a provocative, warm and meaningful program for Father’s and Son’s at our school as part of our Year 10 Boys to Men program. As a facilitator Arne is bold, informed and experienced. The outcomes of this event were profound. We couldn’t wait to book him in again for this year!

—Dr. S Middleton, The King's School

Dr Rubinstein’s talk to the parents and extended community of Sacred Heart College was sold out.  Obviously many people are yearning to share in Dr Rubinstein’s intuitive understanding that there is an urgent need for 21st Century communities to engage with “rites of passage’ for young men and women.  He engaged the audience on an intellectual and an emotional level and used humour and warmth to connect to everyone, thus inspiring confidence in everyone who attended to be better adults for our children.  This was a very worthwhile offering to our community and it has generated new conversations about how we support our young people to become beautiful men and women.

—P. Bothe, Sacred Heart College, WA

Arne has dedicated a lifetime to finding what will really help. He will support you in organising how to help your son cross into manhood, and do so safely and with lifelong and transformative effects.

—Steve Biddulph, author of Raising Boys and Raising Girls

Dr Arne tailored his presentation to suit the needs of our parents. He was articulate and informative. We will certainly be inviting Dr Arne to speak with our community again in the future.

—M. Mackellin, Head of Junior School, Marcellin College

The engagement and learning from the experiences with Arne will be something that the boys will potentially carry with them for the rest of their lives.

—–M. Morrissy, Director of Planning and Co-Curricular, Christ Church Grammar School, Perth

We are an all boys EREA College and are always looking for opportunities to provide our boys and parents education on all things regarding Boys. Dr Arne has worked with us on a range of events from parent keynotes, to boys workshops, Father and Son night, to a staff seminars. Every event has been well received and really worthwhile. Dr Arne is a great story teller which captivates the audience no matter who they are.

We invited Dr Arne to speak to our new Year 7 parents on the first day of school. Our parents loved his talk as it helped our parents with the idea that fostering a sense of ‘Belonging’ was really important in this year. Parents needed the stories to explain that in the Senior School they need to let go a bit and let the boys try and sort things out for themselves. Dr Arne was engaging and gave good practical advise to our parents. A lot of parents are anxious about their son’s transition into the Senior school and this talk really helped them to put things into perspective.

Our theme for Year 8 is ‘Stepping Up’ during this developmental time in the boys life they struggle with still being a boy while having those hormones kick in. We know during this time sometimes boys turn away from their parents for advise and support. In light of this we felt strengthening those father/Son bonds would be of great benefit for both out  fathers & sons. We invited Dr Arne to run a Father and Son night which was set around fires in the College grounds. This was a huge success and enjoyed by both our dads and boys.

Dr Arne also worked with our Year 9 boys with the help of our old boys to facilitate small group discussion. These session enabled our boys to dig a bit deeper to think about what being a good man was to them. The facilitation with the old boys added to the richness of this experience. This was enjoyed by both our young men and boys.

In all our dealings with Dr Arne we have found him very professional to work with and inspiring. Our parents, staff and boys have warmed to Dr Arne, his values and philosophies are align with our College Values and what we are trying to achieve for our boys to become ‘Men the World needs’. We are very keen to continue to working with Dr Arne to help train our staff to implement programs across our middle school.

—P. Bacchiella, Aquinas College, WA

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