Introduce General Practitioners to the evidence-based foundation principles of nutritional and environmental medicine, as they relate to human health and disease states. Lectures will focus on nutritional biochemistry, key nutrients, common nutritional deficiencies that may be associated with specific diseases, and the role diet may have in the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions.Relevance to General Practice
Chronic diseases are the leading cause of illness, disability and death in Australia, accounting for 90% of all deaths in 2011.
A key focus of the Australian health system therefore is the prevention and better management of chronic disease to improve health outcomes. Many common chronic diseases are amenable to preventive measures such as changes in behaviour, including dietary and environmental exposures. These changes are important in improving chronic disease health outcomes. If left unchecked, trends in chronic disease risk factors will lead to increasing numbers of people living with chronic diseases.
The aim of this training is to support the critical need to integrate evidence-based nutritional and environmental medicine into routine medical care to achieve improved patient health outcomes.