Overweight and obesity is now recognised as one of the largest public health concerns within Australia with immense health, social and economic implications.
There is a wealth of evidence to show that the relationship between excess weight and risk of ill health is strong and consistent and begins at relatively low levels of BMI, and numerous health consequences of obesity have now been identified. These consequences include an increased risk of premature death, the development of serious chronic conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, CVD and certain cancers, as well as several non-fatal but disabling complaints that reduce the quality of life.
Currently around 2/3 of all Australian adults and around 1 in every 4 or 5 children has a weight problem with many of these requiring immediate intervention to prevent or delay the development of serious health issues. This presents a serious challenge to the Australian health system and has the potential to overwhelm primary health care services.
Clearly it is not possible to provide services to all those with a weight problem and so available obesity services need to be well targeted, efficient and effective.
This workshop will examine the challenges that exist in developing weight management programs within primary care as well as the opportunities to engage with other government, NGO, community and commercial groups in delivering effective services within your community.
The workshop will focus on using the evidence around effective weight management to inform decision making on the application of limited health care professional time and resources to achieve the best returns for those with a weight problem.