Saturday, 18th October Australian & New Zealand Obesity Society 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting

8:25AM - 5:45PM
Saturday, 18th October
Endeavour 3
Chairs: Garry Egger & John Dixon
Sponsored by:

40 Category 1 QI&CPD Points. Note during the day sessions will break to smalle r groups in Endeavour 3, Sirius 1, Sirius 2 and Supply rooms

BETTER, FASTER: shared medical appointments as a new way to manage clinically severe obesity – from childhood to old age


8.00 am: Registration

Session 1: The ‘why’ and ‘when’ of managing clinically severe obesity

8.25 am: Introduction (John Dixon)
8.30 am: Childhood obesity – practical tips for GPs (Shirley Alexander)
8.45 am: Weigh management in older adults? Think before you act (Joe Proietto)
9.00 am: Panel discussion Shirley Alexander and Joe Proietto, Ian Caterson, John Dixon and Garry Egger – Combining therapies: lifestyle, meal replacements, medications, devices and surgery, from childhood to old age

9.30 am: Morning tea

Session 2: The ‘how’ of managing clinically severe obesity

10.00 am: Rotation through four small group sessions consisting of 15-minute presentations followed by 15 minute group discussions on implementing the latest practical insights in General Practice.

a) Meal replacements and very low energy diets (Joe Proietto)
b) Drugs: what’s available? What’s coming? How can we use them intelligently? (Ian Caterson)
c) Gastrointestinal interventions – devices and surgery (John Dixon)
d) Behavioural and lifestyle interventions for all (Garry Egger)

12.00 pm: Interactive case studies – how would you manage these patients? (Joe Proietto, John Dixon, Garry Egger)

12:30 pm: Lunch, including…

12.50 pm: Lunch Time Guest Speaker Brian Aitkin (Obesity Support Council) – The Importance of advocacy about obesity (25 minutes), plus interactive discussion about the severely obese patent’s perspective (15 minutes)

Session 3: Shared Medical Appointments – introduction & theory

1.30 pm: Introduction, and origins of Shared Medical Appointments (John Dixon)
1.45 pm: The American experience (Marianne Sumego)
2.15 pm: Fitting the American experience into the Australian environment (Garry Egger)
2.45 pm: The Australian story – so far (John Stevens)
3.00 pm: Panel Discussion – How can Shared Medical Appointments help you to deliver better and faster health care for patients with chronic conditions such as diabesity? (John Dixon, Marianne Sumego, Garry Egger and John Stevens)

3.30 pm: Afternoon tea

Session 4: Shared Medical Appointments – practical implementation: why, when, how

4.00 pm: Practical demonstration including role-play of implementation of SMAs for diabesity (Marianne Sumego, Garry Egger, John Dixon, John Stevens)
5.30 pm: Summary discussion (key learnings), and evaluation
5.45 pm: Close

8:30AM - 9:30AM
Saturday, 18th October
Endeavour 1&2

Speakers: Stephen Simpson, Amanda Sainsbury-Salis, Louise Baur, Tim Gill & Anna Peeters

9:30AM - 10:00AM
Saturday, 18th October
Pre Function Area
10:00AM - 12:30PM
Saturday, 18th October
Endeavour 2
Chair: Penny Love

The CO-OPS Collaboration, funded by the Federal Government, supports practitioners delivering obesity prevention initiatives in Australia. This interactive workshop will explore obesity prevention strategies from the ground up and the top down using real-life case studies, best practice principles and evidence for change. It will engage the audience to challenge where, how and why evidence, practice and policy intersect and debate appropriate future pathways.

12:30PM - 1:30PM
Saturday, 18th October
Pre Function Area
1:30PM - 3:30PM
Saturday, 18th October
Endeavour 2

How to optimise your applications for scholarships, fellowships, promotions or jobs: The art of showing off without showing off

Facilitator: Amanda Salis

Panel: Anna Peeters
Clare Collins
Brian Oldfield


This Career Development Workshop is designed to help you with your applications for fellowships, promotions or grants.

In my 20 years' experience of applying for and obtaining scholarships and fellowships, and of helping other people to write successful scholarship or fellowship applications, I have noticed that many people unfortunately undersell their achievements.

Drawing on insights from a panel of current fellowship holders, this workshop will show you how to showcase your achievements and expertise to their best advantage, in a way that doesn't make your readers think you're showing off. There's a fine line between assertively stating your value, and making your reviewers want to cut you down (the 'tall poppy syndrome'); in this interactive session the panel will show you how to walk that fine line with elegant confidence.

I look forward to seeing you at the workshop!

Amanda Salis
NHMRC Senior Research Fellow
Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders
The University of Sydney