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Food as Medicine: Talking about Weight

Help your patients use foods and nutrition to assist them in achieving their weight management outcomes.

Food as Medicine: Talking about Weight
This course is part of the Using Food as Medicine in Healthcare Practice program, which will enable you to learn how to use food as medicine in healthcare practice .

Grow your confidence in answering common weight management questions

The obesity crisis means that healthcare professionals talking confidently to patients about weight is more critical than ever.

On this course, designed for healthcare professionals by an international team of experts in nutrition and weight management from Monash University and Portsmouth Hospital, NHS Trust UK, including GPs and nurses, you will be equipped with the latest information about weight management strategies, so you can feel more confident in having difficult conversation regarding weight with patients, and answering common nutrition and weight management related questions.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsHELEN TRUBY: Hi, I'm Helen Truby. I'm head of nutrition and dietetics here at Monash University in Australia. My team and I conduct research into weight management both in children and in adults. I'm sure in your practice, you have many people who ask about weight management. In this course, we're going to explore some of the reasons why people do gain weight and some don't, what advice you may be able to give them, and how you might be able to incorporate food as medicine in your practice. So what are the advances in this area? With 60% of our population now either overweight or obese, the need for effective weight management strategies has never been larger.

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 secondsWe know that people seek help from their GPs and from health professionals about their body weight, but it's often a difficult conversation for health professionals to have.

Skip to 1 minute and 25 secondsEVELYN VOLDERS: I think for-- all health care professionals really have a responsibility to help work to reduce the rates of childhood obesity. And it's about supporting families and communities to make those healthy choices and learn about food and the importance of good food choices.

Skip to 1 minute and 44 secondsHELEN TRUBY: This course is aimed at health care professionals and assumes knowledge of science, medicine, and health care practice.

Skip to 1 minute and 51 secondsDENISE THOMAS: So for some patients, their lifestyle will mean that they need different sorts of dietary advice and that dietary advice to be delivered in a supportive way to them.

Skip to 2 minutes and 1 secondHELEN TRUBY: Using practical demonstrations, case studies, and discussions, we are going to provide you with some knowledge and skills and helpful ways that might impact on your practice about how you might help those patients, the majority of which are actually looking to you for a solution. We hope this course helps you.

What topics will you cover?

  • Talking about weight with patients
  • Weight loss and management
  • Science of weight management
  • Weight loss strategies
  • Food quality, energy density and relationship with weight

Who is this accredited by?

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners: The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) : Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association

Royal College of General Practitioners: Accredited by Royal College of General Practitioners Educational Accreditation Program

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify critical time points where interventions can have the most effect in the prevention of weight gain
  • Discuss factors that may assist patients to lose weight and prevent weight regain
  • Discuss factors that may drive weight regain in those who have lost weight and what health professionals can do to support weight loss maintenance
  • Engage effectively with patients and respond to common nutrition, food and weight management related questions

Who is the course for?

Places in this course are limited to 100, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

This course has been designed for healthcare professionals, specifically medical specialists, general practitioners and nurses.

However, the course may be of benefit to healthcare professionals such as dietitians and nutritionists with a background in nutrition, who may like a ‘refresher’ in this area of study.

You should have a good knowledge of science, medicine and healthcare practice.

Who has recognised this course?

This course is recognised by:

  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP): this activity has been approved/allocated 40 Category 1 points by the RACGP QI&CPD Program in the 2017 – 19 triennium.

In order to meet the RACGP QI&CPD Program requirements to receive 40 Category 1 points, RACGP members must complete all parts of this course, including the reinforcing activity.

  • Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA): this activity has been endorsed by APNA according to approved quality standards criteria. Completion of this educational activity entitles eligible participants to claim 6 CPD hours.

  • British Dietetic Association (BDA): endorsement applies only to the educational content of the learning activity.

  • Association for Nutrition (AfN): endorsed for CPD.

If you have any questions on the course, its accreditation/endorsement or how it may relate to your professional healthcare practice we encourage you to email your questions to base.nutrition@monash.edu

Who will you learn with?

Helen Truby

Helen Truby

I am Professor and Head of Department of Nutrition & Dietetics at Monash University. My professional background is paediatric dietetics and have research interests in clinical nutrition and metabolism

Melissa Adamski

Melissa Adamski

Melissa is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist involved in research and teaching at Monash, along with working in private practice. She specialises in nutritional genomics.

Denise Thomas

Denise Thomas

Denise is a registered practising dietitian currently Head of the Dietetic Service at Portsmouth NHS Trust in the UK. She specialises in medical and surgical management of morbid obesity.

Who developed the course?

Monash University

Monash University is one of Australia’s leading universities, ranked in the world’s top 1% by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It was established in Melbourne in 1958.

  • Established1958
  • LocationMelbourne, Australia
  • World rankingTop 80Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019

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What's included?

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  • Learn best practices from experts
  • Learn from the experience of other health professionals
  • Fit learning around your schedule with unlimited access
  • Get evidence of learning outcomes and CPD hours
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
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