Aims of endorsement
The endorsement program seeks to further the aims and objectives of the Society; in brief, to promote awareness, understanding, and uptake of the principles and applications of Lifestyle Medicine in health policy, healthcare, society, community, and environment.
What we will endorse
The activities we will endorse exemplify the principles and applications of Lifestyle Medicine, or promote awareness, understanding, and uptake of Lifestyle Medicine.
The focus of the endorsement program is currently on activities that help people take charge of their own health, prevent, manage and reverse chronic and lifestyle-related disease, and improve health, society and environment.
Examples of the programs and services we will endorse are shown here.
Cost of endorsement
The application for endorsement fee is $990 ($880 for members) inc GST. This fee is for processing the application, conducting due diligence and is non-refundable if unsuccessful. Our due diligence is described in the standards framework below. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact us ahead of making an application to discuss the opportunity and to ask questions.
Following successful due diligence, an annual endorsement fee will be assessed for the first 3 years, and can be discussed before committing. This fee is for the ongoing benefits of Society endorsement described above and to be fair, needs to take into account that large scale or large margin activities (eg: high value services, or state-based or national activities) will likely benefit more from national endorsement than small scale local activities, and may be more able to contribute to the cost of the endorsement program, the aim of which is to make Lifestyle Medicine more accessible to the general public, in line with ASLM’s charitable purposes.
Therefore as part of the application for endorsement, you will be asked to estimate the annual turnover (or equivalent measure of retail value) of the activity. However, at the same time, we acknowledge that endorsement fees must be seen as quite low, otherwise they will be a disincentive to participate in the program. So as a guide, the annual fee starts at $495 inc GST for most activities, increasing on a sliding scale based on a number of metrics, but not more than 1% of the theoretical turnover of the activity. On acceptance of the annual endorsement fee by the applicant, endorsement can commence for an initial period of up to 3 years.
The Board may reduce the application and endorsement fees for not-for-profit activities or in special situations.
How to apply for endorsement
To apply for ASLM Lifestyle Medicine Endorsement, please complete the online application form.
A summary of the application requirements is as follows:
Use of the endorsement badge
A document describing how the badge may be used will be provided to successful applicants. By way of example, endorsement badges must not be used in such a way as to imply endorsement of an organisation or individual. They must be placed in such a way as to endorse the activity only. Any electronic use of the logos must link to http://lifestylemedicine.org.au/endorsed. This page explains endorsement to the public, and currently presents examples of activities we will endorse with a logo, description and a link to the endorsed activity. In the near future this page will become a searchable directory of endorsed activities.