To provide practical and relevant information to GP's and practice staff on the challenges and complexities of weight management. This module will take a case based approach to exploring difficult yet important conversations about weight and weight management.
Relevance to General Practice
Despite research indicating that many GPs feel they are well prepared to treat overweight and obesity, the latest statistics from the 2011-2012 Australian Health Survey show that 63% of Australians are now overweight or obese, with 28% classified as obese; equating to a three-fold increase over the past 30 years. It is predicted that by 2025, over 70% of Australians will be overweight or obese, with over a third of Australians being obese. Of concern, research indicates that GP management is not always in accordance with evidence-based approaches outlined in the NHMRC guidelines (Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Australia 2013) such as initiating multidisciplinary care, and involving family as part of management and long-term support requirements. Dietary intake plays a key role in weight management and research suggests that while GP's agree nutrition advice is important for health, they were not necessarily confident to provide this.
- Identify critical time points where interventions can have the most effect in the prevention of weight gain.
- Discuss factors that may assist patients to lose weight and prevent weight regain.
- Discuss factors that may drive weight regain in those who have lost weight and what health professionals can do to support weight loss maintenance.
- Discuss the role of other health care professionals in supporting patients in managing their weight
- Develop and use a directory of local services that support weight loss and weight management with patients.
Domains of General Practice
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Curriculum Contextual Units
- Adult health
- Men's health
- Women's health
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