Inequalities in the provision of bariatric surgery for morbid obesity in Australia

Anna Peeters, Reannan L Cashen and Paul E O’Brien
Med J Aust 2005; 182 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2005.tb06832.x
Published online: 6 June 2005

Anna Peeters,* Reannan L Cashen, Paul E O’Brien

  • 1 Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
  • 2 Centre for Obesity Research and Education, Monash University, The Alfred Hospital, Commercial Road, Melbourne VIC 3004.


All data were provided by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Anna Peeters is a VicHealth Research Fellow.

Competing interests:

Paul O’Brien is a bariatric surgeon who receives research funding from Inamed Health Corporation, manufacturers of the Bioenterics Lap Band. Inamed Health Corporation had no involvement in writing or submitting this letter.

  • 1. Talbot ML, Jorgensen JO, Loi KW. Difficulties in provision of bariatric surgical services to the morbidly obese. Med J Aust 2005; 182: 344-347. <MJA full text>
  • 2. Medical Services Advisory Committee. Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding for morbid obesity. Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing, 2003. (MSAC Reference 14.)


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