Arne Rubinstein

Rites of Passage expert

Dr Arne Rubinstein is a former GP, a part-time ER doctor and founder and former CEO of Uplifting Australia. He is also an internationally recognised expert in the field of Rites of Passage and delivers highly valuable and inspiring presentations about the transition from 'boy to young man'. And girl to young woman.

He has created programs that have helped to support boys through the transition to become great young men and enabled thousands of parents and their children to forge strong and healthy relationships for life.

Arne founded Uplifting Australia to improve the emotional wellbeing and resilience of children and families across Australia.

'Previously, Arne was the CEO and co-founder of Pathways Foundation, a non-profit organisation which runs Rites of Passage programs around Australia.'

'He also runs Inspired Leadership in Business training programs for executives from some of Australia's top companies and has also delivered programs in many countries including England, America, Israel, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.'

Dr Arne Rubinstein has worked with teenagers since graduating from the International Institute for Youth Leaders in Jerusalem in 1982. He worked as a General Practitioner for 12 years specialising in Adolescent Health, Preventative Medicine and Emergency Medicine.'

'In 1994 Dr Arne Rubinstein proposed the Pathways to Manhood project at the 4th Annual Australian and New Zealand Men's Leadership Gathering, setting up and facilitating multiple workshops around Australia.

From 1995 to 1998 he developed an innovative drug prevention program based on improving personal self-esteem in Northern NSW High Schools.

In 2009 and 2010 he ran Rite of Passage programs in England and Israel.

Dr Arne Rubinstein has extensively studied the topic of Initiations and Rites of Passage in communities around the world and has given workshops and lectures around Australia and internationally at seminars and conferences. He was a keynote speaker at the National Conference of the Men's Advisory Network From Babies to Blokes: The Making of Men and was a senior facilitator at the first international conference on Rites of Passage held in Hawaii in 2008.

Dr Rubinstein's first book, The Making of Men, became an instant best seller in Australia. He has also written a model outlining the fundamental differences between Normal Boy Psychology and Healthy Man Psychology which speaks to both corporate and political leadership globally.

Dr Rubenstein's work has been recognised with the following awards:

  • Finalist in the Australian Non Profit CEO of the Year awards 2007
  • Winner of the Social Ventures Australia "Tipping Point Award" in 2007
  • Nominated for Australian of the Year in 2008
  • Winner of the inaugural Social Ventures Australia scholarship to Harvard University business schools to attend "Strategic management of Non Profit Organisations for CEOs"
  • Dr Arne Rubinstein talks about:

  • Parenting, Technology and Rites of Passage in the 21st Century
  • Rites of Passage - and their critical importance for boys and girls in the 21st Century
  • Secret Men's Business (for women only)
  • How to be Father of the Year
  • 21st Century Leadership for Men
  • Better men equals better leaders
  • Being a great Leader, Father and a Real Man
  • Dr Arne has also given corporate key notes to Harvey Norman, Macquarie Bank and The Australian Men's Health and Wellbeing Association, to name a few.

    Dr Arne is an inspirational and highly educational presenter on what we need to do to bring out the best in our young men and women. He is an expert on adolescent development and modern day Rites of Passage and has spoken to over 20,000 people in Australia and internationally.

    Client testimonials

    Arne has been engaging, informative and inspirational in capturing the challenges as well as the great opportunities that are open to us as individuals, parents, educators and communities to increase the wellbeing and functioning of our young people and families.

    Dr Gianni Zappalà

    Arne’s work is especially relevant to the corporate arena as he has a focus on how to build strong family relationships and create true work life balance. People love what he has to say and his style is highly engaging and informative as well as humorous. I personally have been inspired by both his work and his journey which reflects his unique and personal perspective as a doctor, a globally regarded social entrepreneur and as an engaged and involved father.

    Social Ventures Australia

    I have had the great pleasure of hearing Dr Rubinstein speak on a number of occasions to large groups of parents at leading Sydney schools, to high level executive teams within a global investment bank and another corporate and to a group of men throughout their journey on a leadership camp. Dr Rubinstein has a powerful presence and a unique gift for inspiring people from all walks of life with his bold vision for the future of our community while at the same time being grounded and accessible enough to build immediate trust and rapport at every level. Dr Rubinstein’s message is a universal one whose time is definitely now. He speaks about what it takes to ensure the next generation are secure in the knowledge of who they are and what they are here to do, and to break the cycle of risk-taking and destructiveness that is the legacy some young people carry from a childhood lacking in strong role models and important rituals. I would recommend Dr Rubinstein as a speaker to any audience without hesitation. His will be the most talked about speech and will leave the greatest lasting impact.

    Cant Associates

    Arne is a focused, natural and passionate speaker capable of tailoring his message to his audience and adapting to the needs of the occasion on the day with agility. Arne’s insights into parenting, family relationships and adolescent mental wellbeing are relevant to every Australian. His message is preventative and therefore relevant to even the most functional families. His insights for time poor corporate parents are practical and actionable. Dr Rubinstein also offers an inspirational personal story, which demonstrates he has walked his talk. He has forsaken the trimmings of a successful career in private medical practice to achieve real success in scaling programs to connect fathers and sons and mothers and daughters. Where so many others fail, he has built a successful national NGO from the ground up and understands the challenges of innovators and entrepreneurs. For these reasons, I would strongly endorse Dr Rubinstein as a professional speaker for a range of event styles.

    Lion Nathan

    I thought he was excellent, great content and down to earth.

    Delegate, Mission Australia Communities for Children