Sometimes you just have to have faith that one day your vision will come to fruition.
For over twelve years I have wanted to work with a multidisciplinary team who understand the challenges of managing obesity.
I have wanted to work in a space where people can feel cared for, supported, and know that they will not be judged or shamed for having struggles with excess weight.
I have always been able to do this in my own private practice and continue to do so, but I have also wanted to work in an environment, and to be part of a team who understand the complexities of obesity, of which there are so many.
There are the medical complexities, the genetic complexities, the deeply personal complexities of upbringing, personality, trauma, mental health challenges, day to day challenges, life stage challenges, hormonal challenges, and a myriad of other life challenges, that are all made extra difficult by being in a society that is highly critical, judgmental and shaming towards people with excess weight.
A society that tends to think of excess weight as some kind of moral failing. A society that insists that losing weight is just a matter of eating less and moving more. A society that seems unable to extend compassion or kindness to people who for a multitude of reasons often beyond their control are struggling with their health and weight.
So, I am delighted to be involved with a multidisciplinary team in an endocrinology practice at St Vincent's Private hospital. They have launched a program called LifeHealth IQ and I am their weight management coach. The program offers medical support, dietary support, one on one coaching, a six month weekly support group, and a series of public talks that address a wide variety of topical issues on the science, latest research and current thinking about obesity. I often will be presenting talks on the behavioural, emotional aspects of managing excess weight.
The public talks are $30 and there are two speakers at every talk. For a schedule of speakers and to book a tickets for the talks online please see the link below and for information about the HealthLifeIQ program please see the second link.
I hope spring comes soon with the delightful scent of jasmine and gentle balmy air and if you have any questions at all about the program above please don't hesitate to reach out.
My best wishes