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Activity description

164833 - Physical Activity (PA) Prescription in General Practice

HNECC Limited (T/A Hunter New England Central Coast PHN)

This session is designed to empower GPs to have confidence in prescribing physical activity; to enable GPs to hve more success in engaging patients in PA; and to assess the best method to educate GPs on PA prescription in order to inform future ongoing education.

Relevance to General Practice

Physical inactivity has been ranked as the fourth leading risk factor for overall morbidity and mortality worldwide and is linked to huge burden in most Western societies (WHO, 2010). In Australia in particular, the burden of physical inactivity is significant and increasing with more than half of all Australians not meeting recommended guidelines for physical activity (PA) (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2013). Among the cornucopia of outcomes associated with increasing PA include benefits for mental and musculoskeletal health, reduction of other chronic disease modifiable risk factors such as weight, blood pressure and blood cholesterol. Increasing PA is a high value intervention with little to no costs associated with its prescription and implementation. Prescription of PA is a key element of addressing inactivity and is widely recommended as a means of primary prevention of many chronic diseases.

Learning outcomes

  1. Utilise PA guidelines and exercise prescription principles to identify appropriate strategies for primary prevention and specific health conditions.
  2. Develop a checklist to increase confidence in prescribing PA during the clinical encounter.
  3. Identify common barriers to successfully engaging patients in PA & how to overcome them.

Domains of General Practice

D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
  • Ways in which health can be optimised and maintained are communicated to patients, family members and carers

D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
  • The conduct of the consultation is appropriate to the needs of the patient and the sociocultural context

D3. Population health and the context of general practice
  • Barriers to equitable access to quality care are addressed

D4. Professional and ethical role
  • Professional knowledge and skills are effectively shared with others

D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Adult health
  • Children and young people health

Partnering organisations

Sydney University

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Session summary


Wednesday 31 July 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm




Face to face




All attendees welcome

Target Audience


For more information contact...

Melissa Boucher
T: 0400242570