Our mission is to improve the health of Australians and New Zealanders through improved prevention, management, and treatment of chronic, complex and lifestyle-related conditions.
One of the most efficient ways in which we can improve the health of the population is to engage more practitioners to practise Lifestyle Medicine. For each practitioner who comes on board, hundreds, if not thousands of patients are positively influenced.
However ASLM receives no government funding yet the work we do has a profound social impact. As a not-for-profit organisation, our initiatives rely on the money we raise from membership, education, the annual conference, partnerships, sponsorship and donations.
Therefore we invite you to consider making a tax deductible donation to the Lifestyle Medicine Foundation to support an initiative that will benefit our families, communities and society.
Importantly, you can direct your donation to the project of your choice. Donations $2 and over are tax deductible. Please do consider supporting one or more of the initiatives below.
Please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 1300 673 643 or email if you have any questions or would like to discuss your donation.
Lifestyle Medicine Education (LMEd)
The LMEd project ultimately aims to ensure that all practitioners, whether medical or allied health, receive education in Lifestyle Medicine, whether as part of their undergraduate degree or training, for example at medical school or during registrar training, or as postgraduate education or continuing professional development.
The project includes the development of modules of practical Lifestyle Medicine education, and high level advocacy for this education to be included in the curricula of undergraduate degrees, registrar training and other clinical placements and training.
To do this we are developing a curriculum, multimedia educational content, a modern social learning platform, employing a Project Officer and establishing an LMEd working party and a high level Expert Advisory Panel with representatives from key organisations to advocate for this important change.
Supporting this initiative with your donation will help us establish Lifestyle Medicine as standard best practice in prevention and healthcare.
Read more about the education pathways in Lifestyle Medicine we are developing here.
Lifestyle Medicine Prescription (LMRx)
The government ‘Lifescripts’ initiative was de-funded in 2014, leaving an unmet need for resources to support practitioners and patients in lifestyle change. There is considerable research demonstrating that GPs and other primary care practitioners are well placed to initiate and coordinate lifestyle intervention but are short of time, resources and training in this important area.
This project will create a comprehensive set of therapeutic guidelines and clinical resources for lifestyle prescription, both for the practitioner and patient, and will additionally provide patient intake, assessment, support and followup processes while potentially collecting longitudinal data in specific areas such as the potential for reversal of early stage type 2 diabetes, reduction of risk factors, reduction of medical visits and hospitalisation, and improvement of functional health and wellbeing.
The project is being developed by the LMRx working party with the oversight of an expert Peer Review Panel to review position statements and guidelines documents, and also requires the appointment of a Project Officer to support the initiative.
Supporting this project will help ensure that in the near future, every practitioner can access the tools and resources they need to be instrumental in helping their patients make and maintain lifestyle change.
Multidisciplinary Engagement (LMMd)
The LMMd project has been designed to promote engagement with and uptake of Lifestyle Medicine amongst the medical and allied health disciplines that are central to the delivery of primary health care, for example, practice nurses, dietitians and nutritionists, exercise physiologists, psychologists, diabetes educators, osteopaths, and so on.
Our vision is of a health system in which prevention is paramount, and addressing the cause is central to clinical practice. This requires all practitioners involved in delivering care to have an understanding of Lifestyle Medicine and to work together more effectively to intervene, manage and support patients to address the behavioural, social and environmental ’causes’ of their presentations.
The LMMd working party will engage with each profession to build a visible and meaningful presence for Lifestyle Medicine in their discipline, specifically in relation to joint projects, shared strategic objectives and coordinated communications and resources.
Supporting this project will help us ensure that Lifestyle Medicine is seen as relevant and complementary to each discipline and will see ASLM working more closely on strategic initiatives with organisations like APNA, DAA and NSA, ESSA, APS and ADEA, to name a few.
Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs)
ASLM has been pioneering Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs) for a number of years now, including a long and ultimately unsuccessful attempt to achieve a specific MBS item number for SMAs for Type 2 Diabetes and pre-diabetes.
However, the lack of a specific item number does not preclude delivering SMAs in your practice and ASLM is currently training hundreds of practitioners and SMA facilitators (usually allied health professionals) in medical centres around the country through a number of Primary Health Networks.
Your donation will help us to advocate for SMAs as an innovative process in clinical practice, and to conduct more research into patient outcomes and into the cost effectiveness of SMAs compared to standard consulting.
Read more about SMAs and the research we have already conducted here.
Open Health. Reimagine your health!
Open Health is a groundbreaking online platform for changing health behaviour to prevent and manage chronic disease. It will be available to the general public for managing and improving their health, and in particular, directly to practitioners to enrol their patients – in which case the program will report back to the practitioner – allowing practitioners to assist patients with health behaviour change in a meaningful way, and enhancing the relationship between the patient and the practitioner.
Already in development for a number of years, the program is expected to reach beta testing and then clinical trial stage mid 2020, subject to sufficient funding. Your donations will help make this a reality. If you’re on the ASLM mailing list you’ll hear about this as soon as it is available for testing and then for trial recruitment.
Please note that Open Health has recently been launched as a social enterprise and a public company, and while it continues to be supported by the Lifestyle Medicine Foundation for donations and philanthropy, it will also be able to raise funds through equity. Those interested in equity or partnership rather than philanthropy should email for more information.
Read more about this innovative research and social enterprise here.