Additional tools and resources on overweight and obesity

The Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, Adolescents and Children in Australia (2013) and its supporting Summary Guide for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Primary Care (2013) provide information on how to assess and manage overweight and obesity in adults, adolescents and children. They are intended for use by primary healthcare professionals, including general practitioners, practice nurses, Aboriginal health workers and allied health professionals.

The links below are provided to direct health care professionals to specific information to assist with individual weight management (current as at 16 December 2013).

In addition the Australian Government, through the National Health and Medical Research Council, funds free access to the Cochrane Library for Australian residents. The Library contains over 5000 high quality published systematic reviews of evidence for health care interventions including many related to the management of overweight and obesity.

More information on overweight and obesity
Australian Capital Territory Government Health
Northern Territory Government Department of Health
New South Wales Government Health
Queensland Government Health
Government of South Australia SA Health
Tasmania Department of Health and Human Services
State Government Victoria: VicHealth
Government of Western Australia Department of Health
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: Screening and management of obesity in adults (2012)
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: Screening for obesity in children and adolescents (2010)
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Managing overweight and obesity among children and young people (PH47) (2013)
International Association for the Study of Obesity
Canadian Obesity Network
World Health Organisation: Obesity
Weight Management Council Australia
Lifestyle
New South Wales Government: 8700 Find your ideal figure
Victorian Government: Better Health Channel
Department of Health: Healthy Living Network
Department of Health: Healthy Weight Guide (in development as at December 2013)
Australian National Preventative Health Agency: Shape Up Australia
Australian National Preventative Health Agency: Swap it, Don’t Stop it
Nutrition
National Health and Medical Research Council: Australian dietary guidelines and related companion resources (2013)
Department of Health: Guidelines for healthy foods and drinks supplied in school canteens (2010)
National Health and Medical Research Council: Nutrient reference values for Australia and New Zealand
Department of Health: Lifescript: nutrition and weight management (2009)
Department of Health: Get up and grow (2011)
National Heart Foundation of Australia: Healthy eating
Dietitians Association of Australia: Smart Eating for You
Nutrition Australia
Physical activity
Department of Health: National Physical Activity Guidelines (under review as at December 2013)
World Health Organization: Global recommendations on physical activity for health (2010)
National Heart Foundation of Australia: Sitting less for adults (2011)
Department of Health: Lifescript: physical activity (2010)
National Heart Foundation of Australia: Active living
Exercise and Sports Science Australia: Exercise is Medicine Australia
Guidance for the management of comorbidities associated with obesity
American Psychiatric Association: Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with major depressive disorder, 3rd edition (2010)
Committee of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine: Practice parameters for the medical therapy of obstructive sleep apnea: Standards of practice (2006)
Diabetes Australia: National evidence-based guideline for blood glucose control in type 2 diabetes (2009)
Diabetes Australia: National evidence-based guideline for the primary prevention of type 2 diabetes (2009)
Diabetes Australia and Royal College of General Practitioners: Diabetes management in general practice, 17th edition (2011)
National Asthma Council Australia: Asthma and Healthy Living (2013)
National Eating Disorders Collaboration: Eating disorders: prevention, treatment and management—an evidence review (2010)
National Eating Disorders Collaboration: Eating disorders: the way forward—an Australian national framework (2010)
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Fertility: assessment and treatment for people with fertility problems (2013)
National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance: Guidelines for the management of absolute cardiovascular disease risk (2012)
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Australian Alliance: Evidence-based guideline for the assessment and management of polycystic ovary syndrome (2011)
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners: Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice (the red book) 8th edition (2012)
Psychological support
Department of Health: Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS)
Department of Health: Better Access initiative (Medicare items)
Department of Health: Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care
Mental Health First Aid Australia
Healthdirect Australia: mindhealthconnect
Department of Health: National Suicide Prevention Strategy
The Butterfly Foundation
Pregnancy
Institute of Medicine and National Research Council of the National Academies: Weight Gain During Pregnancy: Reexamining the Guidelines (2009)
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence: Weight management before, during and after pregnancy (PH27) (2010)
Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada: Obesity in pregnancy (2010)
Royal Australian and New Zealand College for Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: Management of Obesity in Pregnancy (C-Obs 49)
Rural and remote areas
Central Australia Rural Practitioners Association
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners: National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, 2nd edition (2012)
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners: Cultural awareness education and cultural safety training (2011)
Queensland Health: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
Queensland Health: Cultural and linguistically diverse resources
Department of Health: Get up and grow (2011). Available in traditional Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Korean, Indonesian, Malaysian, Arabic (standard), Turkish and Spanish
NSW Health: Standard procedures for working with health care interpreters (2006)
NSW Health: Multicultural health communication (nutrition resources)
Victorian Refugee Health Network: Nutrition
Smoking cessation
National Quitline
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners: Supporting smoking cessation: a guide for health professionals (2011)
Alcohol
National Health and Medical Research Council: Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol (2009)
Department of Health: Guidelines for the treatment of alcohol problems (2009)
Department of Health: Quick reference guide for the treatment of alcohol problems (2009)
Department of Health: Alcohol resources and publications