159250 - Overcoming Obesity - helping your patients gain a healthier future
The RACGP WA and St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital are pleased to present ‘Overcoming Obesity: helping your patients to gain a healthier future’ with a multi-disciplinary team leading workshops, presentations and interactive sessions.
Rates of overweight and obesity continue to rise in Australia, with nearly two thirds of the adult population overweight or obese. In WA, high BMI has overtaken tobacco as the leading independent risk factor for contributing to disease burden.
GP’s are at the forefront of this obesity epidemic, managing their patients presenting with concerns regarding their weight, as well as the complications of being overweight and obese. This Category 1, full day event will provide GPs with tools to begin the conversation regarding obesity with their patients.
Bariatric surgery is an evidenced based method of weight reduction. In 2014-15 there were more than double the number of bariatric surgeries that 2005-06, increasing from 9300 to 22700. It is there crucial that GP’s are well informed to discuss this major surgery with their patients. Through workshops and presentations, GP’s will gain an insight into the following topics related to this surgery:
- evidence basis
- referral criteria
- nutrition monitoring and management
- common problems and their management
Paediatric obesity is a rising problem with 25% of Australian children overweight or obese in 2014-15. With a presentation by a specialist paediatrician, this event is a unique opportunity for GP’s to comprehend the scale of the problem and develop an approach to paediatric obesity in their practice. A multi-disciplinary approach to bariatric surgery for teenagers will also be discussed by one of our bariatric surgeons.