This unit of study will develop student's understanding of how to effectively manage overweight, obesity and pre-diabetes. It will facilitate increased confidence in the prevention and practical medical management of these conditions. Current data and concepts in epidemiology and classification and pathogenesis of overweight and obesity and pre-diabetes and related public health issues are addressed. An intensive focus on state of the art patient-centred management of obesity and pre-diabetes follows, including patient engagement with behavioural and psychological approaches, lifestyle interventions in nutrition and exercise, bariatric surgery, medication options and regimens, new technology and sustainability of outcomes. New technology to enhance health is a focus. Overweight and obesity, as well as pre-diabetes is examined with a personalised, case-based approach. Differing health care delivery methods, commercial options and team based approaches to care is explored.Discussion boards and webinars plus a practical on campus workshop enhance learning.
Weekly online lectures and podcasts. Practical half day on campus workshop and 1hr introductory webinar. It is compulsory that all of these sessions be attended/viewed live or by download. Attendance at the workshop is strongly encouraged. All students are required to complete a compulsory learning activity related to the workshop.
3 x clinical case study work tasks including participation in online discussion boards (39%); 1500 word critical thinking essay on key topics (25%); short answer questions (36%)
There is no required textbook for this unit but suggested reading is provided within each module. General background texts include: World Health Organization .Obesity: preventing and managing the global epidemic. Report of a WHO Consultation (WHO Technical Report Series 894) Geneva 2000, http://www.who.int/nutrition/publications/obesity/WHO_TRS_894/en/; 'NHMRC Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity for Adults, Adolescents and Children in Australia' (2013), https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines-publications/n57; National Preventative Health Taskforce. Australia: the healthiest country by 2020 A discussion paper, Canberra, Commonwealth of Australia 2008. https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/_files_nhmrc/publications/attachments/di20.pdf
This unit is intended for students who have experience in clinical care of patients. Most of the subject matter and assessments are based on clinical management processes.