Healthy Weight 2008 - Australia's Future - The National Action Agenda for children and young people and their families

Primary Care Services (including general medical proactice, community health centres, and other community-based and private sector services)

Page last updated: 04 July 2011

Outcomes sought

  • Improved knowledge, confidence, skills and resources in primary health care professionals to routinely promote healthy weight with their patients and clients in a way that is consistent with community-wide strategies.
  • Increased adoption of a seamless,multi-disciplinary and ‘team’ approach for routine assessment, referral and follow up overweight patients—especially young people and high risk parents.
  • Improved access to appropriate and affordable support programs, counselling and clinical management services and advice—especially for parents of overweight young people and those worried about weight-related issues.

2004 Actions

Health sector leadership:

  • Promote NHMRC guidelines/prompt sheets on the prevention, treatment and management of overweight and obesity to all primary health care professional groups.
  • Develop IT software for GP child and adult screening of body mass index and intervention and referral pathways.
  • Develop and Implement Lifestyle Scripts for young people and parents.
  • Increase the number of community-based support programs for management of overweight in young people and families, which are culturally appropriate.