Facing up to Australia’s Big Problem: Australian Medicine

20 Oct 2016

In the latest issue of Australian Medicine, Dr Richard Kidd, Chair of the AMA Council of General Practice, writes about the growing obesity challenge in Australia and the vital role of GPs in educating and influencing their patients about necessary lifestyle changes.

In his article, Dr Kidd refers to a piece in The Conversation that suggested that health professionals lack the confidence to engage with patients about their weight. Dr Kidd writes that the evidence cited for this conclusion actually reinforces the fact that the information and advice provided by GPs is powerful to patients and can in fact be integral in convincing a patient to change. He adds that GPs know their patients intimately, and can use this knowledge to engage in sensitive and diplomatic discussions that seek realistic and achievable change.

Other articles relevant to general practice in this week’s issue of Australian Medicine include: