Poster Presentation Australian & New Zealand Obesity Society 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting

Workshop using the brief opportunistic intervention  'Supporting Weight Management in Primary Care' programme (#259)

Anne-Thea McGill 1
  1. Western Bay of Plenty Primary HealthCare Organisation, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty , New Zealand

The plan for this work shop is to have an interactive session where Dr Anne-Thea McGill will briefly present a Ministry of Health funded programme lead by her and a team of the Western Bay of Plenty Primary HealthCare Organisation (WBoPPHO). ‘Supporting weight management in primary care’ is particularly for families. This biological-evidence based tool has been developed in two sections:

1) Brief opportunistic intervention (BOI), based on the smoking cessation ABC paradigm, using validated ‘starting the conversation’ questions (Ask) and giving simple positive nutritional and physical activity encouragement (Brief Intervention) before inviting  patients into a  

2) Comprehensive, integrated individualized and/or family oriented follow-up pathway, over a series of consultations (Offer of Ongoing Overweight Care). Dietary control, stress management, physical activity, and metabolic improvement is prioritized over weight normalization for those with binge or restrictive eating disorders. However, realistic weight loss methods appropriate to those with peripheral or central fat distribution are also offered.

The practical part of the work shop will encourage the participants to interview each other (or possibly actors) using paper ‘printouts’ of the assessment forms and electronic data capture forms designed for the progamme.

The ‘consultations’ will be based on ‘cases’ from the 12 pilot practices running, and reporting on, the programme. The workshop participants will have crib sheets of the programme work book to help ‘converse with patients’; modified motivational interviewing methods are used for the various subtopics and enabling patients formulate a practical management plan.

A debrief will touch on theories behind the programme, and the translation of biological and behavioural science into to clinical practice.