Comment and opinion from our authors and team.

1208, 2019

A question of discipline

By |August 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Throughout many of our professional spheres of practice and research, we would be very familiar with the term multidisciplinary. It is very commonly used to describe the team meetings within health facilities where doctors, nurses and allied health professionals come together to talk about common patients, or receive insights [...]

2507, 2019

Lifestyle Medicine and Low Back Pain: We all have a part to play

By |July 25th, 2019|0 Comments

Low back pain costs us; it costs Australia upwards of $1.2 billion per year and it costs our patients in time off work and overall quality of life1. It’s a big problem and the budget blow-outs and ever-increasing burden of disease associated with low back pain shows that we’re [...]

2207, 2019

Can you have too much empathy? [Commentary]

By |July 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

British Clinical Epidemiologist Dr Jeremy Howick recently wrote a very well researched essay on empathy. Published in Australian Doctor in June 2019 under the title “Empathy in Healthcare is finally making a comeback”, it was also published in The Conversation about a month earlier. He traces the generally unempathetic [...]

107, 2019

What to do when your patients are “too busy” for lifestyle interventions

By |July 1st, 2019|0 Comments

One of the greatest challenges for lifestyle practitioners is guiding our clients through successful behaviour change. But it can be hard for both sides. For a practitioner it can be tempting to jump in boots and all because we have the knowledge and understanding of all the benefits adopting [...]

2506, 2019

Lifestyle Medicine Centre – First of its kind in Australia

By |June 25th, 2019|0 Comments

As a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine, and a Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician of the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine, I feel privileged to write this article introducing the first multidisciplinary Lifestyle Medicine specific centre in Australia, located in Tumbi Umbi on the NSW Central Coast. The Lifestyle [...]

2006, 2019

Announcing a strategic partnership with Wellcoaches Australia and Wellcoaches New Zealand

By |June 20th, 2019|0 Comments

The Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine is thrilled to announce a strategic partnership with Wellcoaches® Australia and Wellcoaches® New Zealand. Wellcoaches® founded the first coaching school for health and wellness professionals in the USA in 2002, in collaboration with the American College of [...]

1706, 2019

Lifestyle Medicine 2019 Awards: ASLM Fellowship and Scientific Abstracts

By |June 17th, 2019|0 Comments

We are delighted to formally announce the following individuals who comprise some of the latest cohort of dedicated Lifestyle Medicine professionals to be awarded the ASLM Fellowship. Pictured from left: Fellowship awardees at Lifestyle Medicine 2019, and Dr Sam Manger (ASLM President) Margarete Ezinwa (Family/Preventative Medicine Physician) Malcolm Mackay [...]

1605, 2019

Motivating behaviour change – the Engine Room of Lifestyle Medicine

By |May 16th, 2019|0 Comments

“Knowledge is Power” goes the saying, often attributed to the 17thcentury Philosopher and Scientist Sir Francis Bacon (who some people hold is also the author of Shakespeare’s works – another story…). To that I would add the words of the American Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Francis A Beer [...]

805, 2019

Reply to Dr Nikki Stamp – If it’s not evidence-based, it’s not Lifestyle Medicine

By |May 8th, 2019|2 Comments

From Dr Sam Manger, writing in reply to Dr Nikki Stamp's article 'Robert chose the pill-free route; he ended up on my operating table'.I have a lot of respect for Dr Stamp and her work advocating for heart health, women’s health and healthier lifestyles. I agree with her that lifestyle [...]

805, 2019

Time to set the record straight – what Lifestyle Medicine is, and what it is not

By |May 8th, 2019|0 Comments

There’s no doubt that Lifestyle Medicine is capturing everyone’s imagination. It's all over the media at the moment. Because it is a comprehensive, evidence-based, whole system approach to treat and prevent chronic and lifestyle-related disease. It also helps reframe ‘health’ as a product not only of behaviour, but of [...]

605, 2019

Well this is awkward – we think our patients are unmotivated [Commentary]

By |May 6th, 2019|0 Comments

I’ll admit to being a little blind-sided by the leading paragraphs in this article published in the Sydney Morning Herald (and similar pieces published on other platforms, for example here), that 71% of health professionals believe their patients with obesity do NOT want to lose weight (while this is [...]

1504, 2019

Dietary change: The need to look beyond the individual

By |April 15th, 2019|0 Comments

As practitioners of Lifestyle Medicine, we all understand the importance of dietary choices as a powerful determinant of health and wellbeing. Many of us will spend a significant amount of clinical contact time working both with individual patients and groups of patients with the goal of influencing their dietary [...]

804, 2019

Saving Baby Boomer’s Brains: How elevating brain health can help them to stay sharp as they age

By |April 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Ask any baby boomer what they worry about as they age and they’ll tell you: it’s about having the physical fitness to keep doing the things they love doing, having enough money to live reasonably comfortably, and their biggest concern, retaining their memory and thinking skills. With a rapidly [...]

404, 2019

Lifestyle Medicine support for bariatric patients

By |April 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Overweight and obesity continues to be one of the, if not the, greatest challenge to the Australian healthcare system. The most recent data1 from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare notes that nearly two thirds of Australian adults are overweight or obese, with obesity rising, and one quarter of [...]

2603, 2019

The microbiome: A new targeted approach for treating diabetes

By |March 26th, 2019|0 Comments

People with diabetes and obesity have altered gut microbiomes, with more detrimental Firmicutes at the expense of beneficial Bacteroidetes1,2. Firmicutes are proinflammatory, promote harvesting and storage of fat and can cause glucose intolerance3. It is now recognised that the microbiome is a significant contender in the pathogenesis of many chronic [...]

1903, 2019

ASLM and the Wilson Foundation partner to deliver evidence-based Lifestyle Medicine guidelines for mental health and chronic disease

By |March 19th, 2019|0 Comments

The Australasian of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM) is delighted to announce their recent partnership with the Wilson Foundation. Mental illness is an increasing major public health concern. The General Practice: Health of the Nation Report 2018, found that mental health issues remain the most common single reason patients visit their [...]