Shared Medical Appointments (SMA) workshop for practitioners and facilitators 2018-06-21T16:44:33+00:00

Shared Medical Appointments (SMA) workshop for practitioners & facilitators

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.

Designed for GPs, practice nurses and allied health practitioners. CPD points may be available for face-to-face workshops from the organisations shown (subject to appropriate accreditation for the workshop you attend). CPD points may be available for other allied health professionals with your certificate of completion.

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 $220 members | $440 $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 online workshop below instead.

Watch a free introductory webinar

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 $220 members | $440 $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 workshops


$330 members | $440 non-members


  • Attendance at a face-to-face one day 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

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

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 an informal group education 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.

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

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

John150John Stevens is a health scientist and Associate Professor (Adj.) with Southern Cross University’s School of Health and Human Sciences. He is also the Director of a number of companies engaged in Health Education and Research.

In the past John has been Head of the School of Nursing and Health Practices (SCU), the Director of Post Graduate studies (which included convening and teaching the first ever Master’s Award in Lifestyle Medicine – and which he continues to teach) and Director of Professional Development and Enterprise.

He has over 60 peer reviewed publications including books on dementia and obesity management. In 2008 John co-founded the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine and remains an executive member of the Board.

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 essential for allied health practitioners wishing to learn how to facilitate Shared Medical Appointments.

It is also highly recommended for doctors intending to participate in SMAs, 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.