12 Apr

We are excited to announce the commencement of Shared Medical Appointments for Weight Management. 

Our first group have just completed their 12 week program with great success! and we look forward to commencing the next group.

The next series of sessions are commencing at 7.00 pm on Thursday 22nd April 2021 and will continue fortnightly. Time TBA

What are Shared Medical Appointments (SMA's)?

SMA's  (also called Group Visit's) are: " a series of individual consults sequentially attending to each patient's unique medical needs in a supportive group setting where all can listen, interact, and learn". We are using a program which has been developed by Professor Garry Egger and Professor John Stevens, Two of the world's leading experts in Weight Management , which has a strong track record of success when used in Southern NSW. This will be a first for Western Sydney. 

Instead of seeing your doctor alone, you'll be with 8 to 12 other people with similar health issues. The consultation will last up to 90 minutes.

Due to the Covid-19 virus, SMA sessions will be held online- and in the comfort of your own home.

The SMA's will be held in conjunction with Adjunct Professor Gary Egger , Director , Centre for Health Promotion and research , Vice President, Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine,  and Associate Professor John Stevens , Director, Lifestyle Medicine Programs. 

Why should I try a Shared Medical Appointment in Weight Management?

  • You get longer to talk to your doctor in a relaxed environment;
  • Others with similar health issues support you and each other;
  • You (or someone ) gets to ask the question(s) you might not have otherwise thought of;
  • It's fun- for you and your health care providers!.
  • IT's FREE! 

What about confidentiality?

  • All attendees are asked to agree to a confidentiality agreement such that anything that is said in the consultation is not spoken about outside.

Call the centre on 02 9625 8888 for more information and to join the sessions. Limited spots are available, get in quick so you don't miss out. 

Article in Medical Journal of Australia on Virtual SMA's

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