Current teaching about obesity in Australian universities, specialist medical colleges and through continuing medical education

Melissa J Hayden, Leon Piterman, John B Dixon and Paul E O'Brien
Med J Aust 2006; 185 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2006.tb00568.x
Published online: 4 September 2006

To the Editor: With obesity reaching epidemic proportions in Australia, professional education needs to reflect this increase in prevalence. Research has shown that health professionals’ lack of knowledge is a common barrier to providing care for overweight and obese individuals.1-3 We investigated the coverage of obesity education in university medical, dietetic and nursing curricula (partially replicating the earlier study in the Journal by Campbell and Welborn4), and also the extent to which obesity was covered in the curricula of selected professional specialist colleges in Australia. Contact hours for obesity were compared against two “control diseases”, diabetes and depression.

  • Melissa J Hayden
  • Leon Piterman
  • John B Dixon
  • Paul E O'Brien

  • Centre for Obesity Research and Education, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.


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