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Weight Inclusive Practice for Medical Professionals

Live, online professional development

Both the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) now call for a 'health gain' approach rather than a 'weight loss' approach for people with a BMI greater than 30kg/m2. Their recent position statements outline the caustic effects of weight bias and stigma in medical encounters and the low likelihood of sustained behavioural weight loss for the majority of patients. Weight inclusive practice involves making medical encounters welcoming for people of all shapes and sizes, understanding how stigma and bias may affect medical practice and the behaviour of larger-bodied clients, and formulating weight-neutral management and treatment plans.

This one-day, live, online course facilitated by Dr Fiona Willer (AdvAPD, PhD) will strengthen your understanding of weight inclusive practice, including the Health at Every Size (HAES) Principles, weight science, weight stigma and the non-diet approach. Using a participatory model, attendees will identify areas of concern in their own practice setting and develop strategies to move towards weight inclusivity, weight neutral practice and a 'body safe' environment for patients, staff and colleagues.


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