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116787 - Children, Women, Pregnancy and Families

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Children, Women, Pregnancy and Families is a webcast that is part of The National Obesity Forum addressing the prevalent epidemic of obesity in Australia. 
It is a 2 hour, succinct webcast covering obesity in children and families, weight loss challenges that are unique to women, peripartum obesity and how to manage obesity 'beyond lifestyle modification'. 
Being a webcast means it will be available to health professionals interstate and in remote areas. After watching, the audience will be required to answer some MCQs to verify their understanding of what they have watched. Only those that have answered these MCQs will be awarded their CPD points.

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(at).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

Learning outcomes

  • Develop appropriate strategies to address childhood obesity.
  • Design practical solutions to common clinical scenarios in General Practice in regards to women and their weigh loss challenges.
  • Source appropriate treatments for people with obesity, including the role of drugs, surgery and strategies 'beyond lifestyle modification'.
  • Domains of General Practice
116787 - Children, Women, Pregnancy and Families
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