Education in Lifestyle Medicine – an overview
ASLM provides opportunities for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Lifestyle Medicine (both in-person and online) through workshops, seminars and an annual international conference, as well as formal education pathways including international Board Certification and the multidisciplinary ASLM Fellowship.
Whether you’ve only just heard about Lifestyle Medicine, or you’ve been integrating Lifestyle Medicine in your practice for decades, we offer flexible educational pathways to support your ongoing journey.
Watch this brief video to learn more about Certification and Fellowship.
Workshops and seminars
Workshops can be undertaken as stand-alone education opportunities to support professional development. ASLM is an authorised provider of accredited activities under the RACGP QI&CPD program meaning that GPs will usually earn Category 1 points, and Allied Health Professional are generally able to claim CPD points with their professional association.
One of the pre-requisites for Board Certification is to obtain 10 hours of in-person CPD in Lifestyle Medicine, which can be achieved by attending any of our workshops or the annual conference. Similarly, these activities all earn points towards the ASLM Fellowship making a Lifestyle Medicine workshop, seminar or conference registration a logical starting point.
Board Certification in Lifestyle Medicine contributes 480 points (one third) towards the ASLM Fellowship, however is a recognition of standing in the field in its own right. Board Certification demonstrates your commitment to, and expertise in, the field of Lifestyle Medicine, augmenting your clinical or public health practice in the prevention, management and reversal of chronic and lifestyle-related diseases. Medical Doctors and Master/PhD level health professionals are eligible for certification through the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine (IBLM), whilst Degree level health professionals are eligible for certification through ASLM.
Board Certification is an excellent pathway for those seeking an international level of recognition for their knowledge and skills. It also provides a more accessible pathway for those who may not yet have significant prior learning to contribute towards the Fellowship, but are keen for recognition of competency in the field of Lifestyle Medicine.
The ASLM Fellowship is arguably the first fully multidisciplinary fellowship in Australasia, open to all full members of the society. It is conceptually based on a Masters degree in structure, meaning that fellowship candidates need to earn 1440 points under the Fellowship framework to be awarded the Fellowship. The Fellowship is currently in its grand-parenting period, during which time provision for recognition of prior learning (RPL) are more generous.
For those interested in pursuing the Fellowship, you are encouraged to contact our Education Coordinator, Jordhana, to submit a brief education summary for estimation of your possible RPL. On awarding of the Fellowship, Fellows are entitled to the post-nominals ‘FASLM’ as an indication of their expert standing in the field of Lifestyle Medicine.
ASLM Education Pathways are sequential, however all components can be undertaken individually or as part of a larger educational plan.
The following diagram attempts to illustrate how attending workshops or the conference can lead to Board Certification and the Fellowship, or can be undertaken in their own right.
Watch: Education pathways in Lifestyle Medicine
If you are interested in pursuing your passion for Lifestyle Medicine but don’t know where to begin, or what pathway is right for you, watch this webinar to learn more about Certification, Fellowship and other educational opportunities.
Your Education Coordinator
Jordhana Clark, BHSc (Nat), AdvDip (YT)
Jordhana Clark is the Education Coordinator at ASLM. She holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) and has a particular interest in mental health and wellbeing. She is instrumental in developing ASLM’s workshops, online learning, international board certification and fellowship program. She also has responsibility for assessing fellowship RPL applications, supervising the scientific stream at the Lifestyle Medicine conferences and liaising with all applicants and candidates as needed.