About Phillip Portman

There’s no rash too unsightly to put Phillip Portman off a health story! Phillip, who has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Journalism from Griffith University, covers everything from bunions to brain health for Starts at 60, which means you’ll read plenty of his stories in our weekly Health Club email newsletter, as well as on our site and on Facebook.

Phillip wasn’t always a health writer, though. He started his journalism career in men’s magazines in Sydney, writing lifestyle stories, and also spent a year in England where he covered entertainment for The Daily Star, one of Britain’s best-known tabloid newspapers. That year saw him storm plenty of red carpets to nab exclusive interviews with whichever reality television star was making headlines that week and consume more banal-but-strangely-fascinating TV than he ever thought possible.

Nowadays, though, Phillip confines himself to marathon runs of Dr Pimple Popper (if you haven’t seen her on YouTube and TV, be warned, it’s not for the squeamish!) and researching and writing helpful, actionable health stories for Starts at 60’s readers, as well as covering breaking health news on the latest studies and medical insights.

It’s fortunate that Phillip loves the indoors-pursuits of writing, movies and television, too, because he’s a rare Aussie that can’t stand being scorched by the sun. Yep, he really does live by his own stories about sun safety!

If there’s something you’d like to read about health issues big or small, contact Phil at [email protected].