Healthy Weight for Adults and Older Australians

Whole Population - Health sector

Page last updated: 21 July 2011

Health services are an important source of advice for people on health and lifestyle related issues. The capacity to provide advice and implement other prevention programs within the health sector depends on the skills of the workforce and the ability to work effectively across health systems.

Outcomes sought:

Enhanced capacity of the health sector workforce to undertake prevention and management as core business, and to address overweight and obesity across the whole population.

Improved integration of actions between related health programs at national, state and local levels.

Involvement of community health services in the implementation of community-based projects for preventing weight gain.

Actions:

Education

  • Enhance the skills of the health workforce in providing advice about preventing weight gain.
  • Incorporate relevant topics related to the prevention of weight gain in undergraduate training and educational curricula for health professionals.

Primary Health Care

  • Encourage general practitioners to identify and provide advice on lifestyle risk factors, including overweight and obesity.
  • Encourage a team approach in primary healthcare settings to preventing and managing weight gain.
  • Establish mechanisms that assist primary health care practitioners to link patients to relevant community prevention and health promotion services, including referral processes.
  • Continue to implement local State-based community health services weight management programs.
  • Identify best practice approaches in primary health care in preventing weight gain and improving weight management, including effective referral processes.
  • Align efforts across programs with common goals for addressing the management of early risk and weight management.