Prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity in children
More than one in four (or 217,000) Queensland children are living with overweight or obesity*. Management of this significant health problem is a complex and sensitive issue that requires an integrated approach targeting education, prevention and treatment.
This project, which has also received funding from the Allied Health Professions Office of Queensland, aims to build on an existing evidence-based framework and expand the services available for health professionals and the community for the prevention and treatment of paediatric overweight and obesity, alongside education on how to implement the framework to provide effective care. This is the first of its kind, bringing together a range of skillsets and services throughout the system to respond collectively to this problem. Systems integration has supported the success of this project.
Statewide primary care clinician capacity and capability has been increased to provide specialist-level prevention, treatment and management services for children that are living with overweight or obesity. A governance subgroup of the Paediatric Obesity Working Group has been established with primary care and primary health networks.
Collaboration has been built across the care continuum to reduce statewide clinical variation and improve care consistency and equity for children and families experiencing overweight and obesity in Queensland.
Project leaders engage with and draw on the expertise of partners within universities, research institutes, and hospital and health services around Queensland.
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