Obesity is a major health burden in Australia. The prevalence of overweight and obesity is one of the highest in the developed world, affecting over 60% of adults and 25% of children and adolescents. This figure is predicted to increase.
The Royal Australian College of General Practice (RACGP) acknowledge that GPs play a key role in managing obesity. GPs not only manage the patients at the individual level through primary health care, but also have a good understanding of the community in which they work and are able to access population health data in relation to Chronic Disease.
Weight and nutrition form the basis of many activities that can be undertaken as a precursor to other areas of quality improvement for the health of your practice’s patient population.
Plan Do Study Act (PDSA)
Increasing BMI recording in General Practice (DOCX 275 KB)