A quantum leap forward in chronic disease management and treatment

Learn how to conduct Shared Medical Appointments and optionally, complete followup assessment and peer review to become an ASLM Certified SMA Facilitator by participating in this 6 hour training, either at a scheduled face-to-face workshop, online (recorded videos) or live webinar series.

This workshop will include:

  • Introductions
  • SMA demonstration and description, background and rationale
  • Objectives and characteristics of SMAs
  • Understanding and developing roles in the SMA (by simulated SMA)
  • Planning and promoting SMAs
  • Implementing SMAs in your practice
  • Evaluation and debrief

Designed for GPs, practice nurses, allied health practitioners and practice personnel. CPD points will be available from the organisations shown for face to face workshops. CPD points may be available for other allied health professionals with your certificate of completion, and potentially for online completion subject to your professional organisation’s requirements.

Online workshop

Using this option, you can watch videos recorded at previous face-to-face workshops or live webinar series in your own time and gain full access to the SMA protocol and resources for self study.


$330 $275 members | $385 $330 non-members


  • Access to the SMA protocol and online resources
  • Video from previous workshops/webinars
  • Peer-review and certification as an SMA facilitator if desired
  • 12 months of support and follow-up as needed
Register to do the SMA workshop online

Face to face workshop


  • Members $385
  • Non-members $440

Where and when:

  • There are no face-to-face workshops currently scheduled. Please register for the online workshop instead.


  • One day face-to-face workshop, lunch and refreshments
  • Access to the SMA protocol and online resources
  • Video from previous workshops/webinars
  • Peer-review and certification as an SMA facilitator if desired
  • 12 months of support and follow-up as needed


Please note that the workshop will be filmed and photos taken as part of regular event recording. By registering you understand that you may be filmed or photographed during the event and that ASLM and partners may use photos/footage for education/promotion with appropriate care.

Register to do the SMA workshop online

Live webinar series

From time to time ASLM will offer the whole 6 hour workshop via 1 x 60 minute (free introduction) and 4 x 75 minute (paid registration) live webinar sessions.


$330 $275 members | $385 $330 non-members


  • Access to the SMA protocol and online resources
  • Video from previous workshops/webinars
  • Peer-review and certification as an SMA facilitator if desired
  • 12 months of support and follow-up as needed

There are no live webinar series currently scheduled. Please register for the face-to-face or online workshop above instead.

Watch a free introductory webinar

What are SMAs?

SMAs (also called ‘Group Visits’) are a revolutionary way of managing chronic disease in primary care. They are, “A series of consecutive individual medical consultations in a supportive group setting where all can listen, interact, and learn.” As such an SMA is a both an individual consultation and a group peer support session.

SMAs involve a doctor, a facilitator, usually an allied health professional, who directs the 60-90 minute sessions and manages group dynamics, and 6-12 patients at a time. If you’re frustrated with the limitations of 1:1 consulting, SMAs are for you and for your patients.

Find out more about SMAs and watch an SMA in action here.

ASLM has partnered with the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation (MCHRI) to conduct further research into the cost effectiveness and outcomes of SMAs. MCHRI aims to research, implement and translate clinical, health services and public health knowledge, underpinned by cross sector end-user engagement, to improve health outcomes.  We’re delighted to be part of this initiative and held our first joint workshop on 13 May 2017 at Monash Medical Centre.


Prof Garry Egger AM, MPH, PhD, MAPS

garry150Prof 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.

A/Prof John Stevens, RN, BA, PhD

John Stevens is a health sociologist and Associate Professor (Adj) in the School of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University (SCU). He is also a Registered Nurse and the director of a number of companies engaged in health education and research, working closely with Primary Health Networks. In the past John has been Head of the School of Nursing and Health Practices, the Director of Post Graduate studies (which included convening and teaching the first ever Master’s Award in Lifestyle Medicine) and Director of Professional Development and Enterprise, at SCU.

John was a founding member of ASLM and has provided academic leadership to the movement. He is pioneering the use of Shared Medical Appointments as a procedure to help clinicians put evidence-based Lifestyle Medicine into practice. He has over 60 peer reviewed publications including books on dementia and obesity management and continues to explore the translation of science into meaningful and measurable health care.

Tanja McLeish, MCAP, FASLM, Adv.Dip.G.Psych

Tanja McLeish has been in the general practice network for more than two decades including roles nationally with the former Australian General Practice Network as the Principal Advisor Chronic Disease as well as roles within the state-based organisation of General Practice NSW, and the formerly known North West Slopes Division of General Practice and Central West Division of General Practice.

Tanja was previously employed as CEO of the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association and remains as Secretary on the Board of ASLM. Tanja has returned to the Primary Health Network with a passion for lifestyle medicine, prevention and management of chronic disease, research, change management, quality improvement strategies and best practice business systems to improve patient health outcomes as well as clinician wellbeing.

She has qualifications in psychology, exercise science, health coaching and medical sciences. Tanja also holds credentials in cultural awareness and safety and is licensed to use the Flinders University Chronic Condition Management Tools as part of the Closing the Gap Program. After several years of training in Gestalt Psychotherapy and Neuro-linguistic Programing (NLP) with a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy as well as workplace training and assessment, most recently Tanja has been pursuing a Masters in Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy as well as an Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy.

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.

Who should do this workshop?

This workshop is for doctors and allied health practitioners wishing to learn how to facilitate and deliver Shared Medical Appointments.

It is also highly recommended for other practitioners and staff in the practice, especially the practice manager and nurses, to ensure that everyone understands the protocol and is able to explain and promote it to patients.

Why become an SMA practitioner or facilitator?

SMAs can change the way you manage chronic disease, make clinical appointments more enjoyable for you and your patients, and improve cost efficiencies in your practice.

Shared Medical Appointments:

  • Increase clinical cost-efficiency
  • Use peer support for better outcomes
  • Mean not repeating yourself ad nauseum
  • Improve clinical teamwork
  • Increase patient/provider satisfaction
  • Make clinical practice more fun!

In order to become an ASLM Certified SMA Facilitator, you are required to complete three steps:

  1. Participate in this workshop, whether face-to-face or online
  2. Complete a short quiz to assess your understanding of the protocol
  3. Submit a report of your first SMA for peer review

ASLM provides an ongoing support structure on an annual basis for GPs and Facilitators trained in the ASLM SMA protocol.  This includes resources, peer review and support, and advice and assistance as required.