This free live webinar which was held on Tuesday 29 October 2019, describes a project that engages GPs in smoking cessation and relapse prevention using the SMA model.

What’s covered

Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs), or group consultations which are: “… a series of individual office visits (billable at individual rates) sequentially attending to each patient’s unique medical needs individually, but in a supportive group setting where all can listen, interact, and learn.” SMAs have been successfully used in chronic diseases such as Obesity and Diabetes.

Presented by

Professor Garry Egger

Board member of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine, a Professor of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University and an Advisor to the World Health Organisation and several Government and corporate bodies in chronic disease prevention.

Garry Egger

Prof Garry Egger is known around the world as one of the pioneers of Lifestyle Medicine. He is a Professor of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University and an Advisor to the World Health Organisation and several Government and corporate bodies in chronic disease prevention. He has qualifications in behavioural biology and epidemiology. He has worked in public, corporate and clinical health for over 4 decades.

He is the author of 30 books (including five texts) over 160 peer-reviewed scientific and research articles and numerous popular media articles on health and fitness.

In the 1990s Dr Egger initiated the GutBusters, men’s waist loss program, the first of its kind in the world. He started training programs for Fitness Leaders in Australia in 1982, was one of the initiators of the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association (ALMA) in 2008 and runs training programs in Lifestyle Medicine for doctors and allied health professionals around Australia and the Pacific.

He recently received an Australia Medal for his services to medical education and health promotion. His recent interests and publications concern the link between obesity, climate change and economic growth.

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