The Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM), previously the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association (ALMA), is a multidisciplinary society working towards improved prevention, management, and treatment of chronic, complex and lifestyle-related conditions. ‘Lifestyle-related’ includes environmental, societal, behavioural and other factors.
ASLM members include GPs and medical specialists, allied health practitioners, public health physicians, educators, and researchers. We advocate for a multidisciplinary, multi-system approach to the chronic and lifestyle-related disease problem and to achieve this we provide professional development pathways for members in Lifestyle Medicine, amongst other initiatives.
In the same way, ASLM has a mission to educate and inform members of the public how to prevent and better manage and treat chronic and lifestyle-related conditions. Empowerment and self-management of health and wellbeing are key to bringing about change in a health system overburdened by disease management and this begins with better understanding of the social and environmental context of health and behaviour.
ASLM is also a leading member of a global network of multidisciplinary societies and medical colleges working to establish Lifestyle Medicine as central to clinical practice, healthcare and health policy.
To improve the health and wellbeing of Australians and New Zealanders.
To establish Lifestyle Medicine as central to clinical practice, healthcare and health policy.
Aims and objectives
- Provide leadership and excellence in Lifestyle Medicine
- Raise awareness and understanding of the principles and applications of Lifestyle Medicine
- Specifically promote the application of Lifestyle Medicine to preventable, modifiable chronic, complex and lifestyle-related conditions
- Engage more medical and allied healthcare practitioners to practice Lifestyle Medicine
- Improve the knowledge and skills of healthcare practitioners in Lifestyle Medicine
- Improve interaction and collaboration between healthcare practitioners in a multi-disciplinary approach to the delivery of Lifestyle Medicine
- Support and develop research and the application of research in Lifestyle Medicine
- Influence health policy towards more effective prevention and treatment of chronic and lifestyle-related conditions
- Specifically encourage modification of the environments negatively impacting on health and well-being, both micro and macro, such as the physical, socio-cultural, economic and political environments
- Represent and advocate for Lifestyle Medicine to the healthcare professions, policy makers and the general public
- Foster and support members in their practice of, and development in, Lifestyle Medicine
- In pursuing the above, improve the health and well-being of individuals, communities, organisations and society in general