The National Obesity Forum is a succinct evening seminar that will be addressing the prevalent epidemic of obesity in Australia. The seminar will cover obesity in children and families, weight loss challenges that are unique to women, peripartum obesity and how to manage obesity 'beyond lifestyle modification'. The event will be held in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane across different dates. A live webcast will also be available on those 3 dates for health professionals interstate and in remote areas to access. Webcast audience will be able to participate in the seminar by asking the speakers questions and engage in live polling during the event.
Relevance to General Practice
Obesity is highly relevant to both general practice and the community as excess weight, especially obesity, is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, some musculoskeletal conditions and some cancers (1). Obesity is the second highest contributor to burden of disease and further to this in 2014-15, 63.4% of Australian adults were overweight or obese which is an increase since 1995 (56.3%) and even more worrying is that around 27.4% of children aged 5 -17 years old were overweight or obese (2). A pilot study led by Dr Liz Sturgiss from the ANU Medical school found that GPs were well placed on the health frontline to help patients manage their weight, but they did not have the confidence to do so effectively (3).
1. AIHW (2017) - http://www.aihw.gov.au/overweight-and-obesity/
2. ABS (2016) - http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4364.0.55.001
3. ANU (2016) - http://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/gps-can-and-must-do-more-to-tackle-obesity-crisis
- Develop appropriate strategies to address childhood obesity.
- Assess and provide practical advice on how to address the complex psychological factors that act in parallel with the biology of obesity.
- Source appropriate treatments for people with obesity, including the role of drugs, surgery and strategies 'beyond lifestyle modification'.
- Design practical solutions to common clinical scenarios in General Practice in regards to women and their weigh loss challenges.
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
- Children and young people health
- Men's health
- Pregnancy care
- Women's health
This activity is also available on these dates