Help us change the status quo
ASLM is a not-for-profit organisation, funded only by the money we raise from membership, education and training, the conference and sponsorship. We receive no government funding, yet the work we do has a profound social impact.
As is often the case in the not-for-profit world, there’s much more we would do if we had the resources, and one of the ways you can make a difference to the health of Australians and New Zealanders is by making a tax deductible donation to the Lifestyle Medicine Foundation.
Importantly, your donations are applied to specific initiatives and you can optionally direct your donation to your choice of project/s:
Initiative 1: Shared Medical Appointments
ASLM has been pioneering Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs) for a number of years now, including a three year long and ultimately unsuccessful attempt to achieve a MBS item number for SMAs for Type 2 Diabetes and pre-diabetes. However, the lack of a specific item number does not preclude delivering SMAs in your practice and ASLM is now embarking on a program to train more GPs and Facilitators (usually allied health practitioners) in the ASLM SMA Protocol, to provide a peer review and support structure for Facilitators through our online community and social learning platform, and to conduct more research into patient outcomes and into the cost effectiveness of SMAs compared to standard consulting.
Your donation will enable us to conduct more research and to increase our efforts to make Shared Medical Appointments an important modality in on our health system. Read more about SMAs and the research we have already conducted here.
Initiative 2: Education Co-ordinator for the Fellowship program
ASLM recently announced it’s Fellowship program which provides a fully multidisciplinary education and training pathway in Lifestyle Medicine in conjunction with the post graduate courses offered at Southern Cross University and Avondale College. It’s an important initiative for the future of Lifestyle Medicine in Australasia but is also being developed in conjunction with initiatives internationally, for example, the recent move to create an American Board of Lifestyle Medicine which will lead to the creation of an International Board. Online education provided by any of our international counterparts will earn ASLM Fellowship points and similarly, ours will aim to complement initiatives overseas.
We need to appoint an Education Coordinator to manage enrolments, student liaison and to process Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) applications. Your donation to this initiative will enable us to do this sooner. Read more about the fellowship program here and send us an email if you would like a copy of the Fellowship Framework document.
Initiative 3: ‘Open Health’ online lifestyle change project
Open Health is a revolutionary concept. A comprehensive online program for changing health behaviour to prevent and manage chronic disease. It will be available to the general public for managing and improving their health, and also to practitioners to enrol their patients (the program will also report back to the practitioner).
Already in development for a number of years, the program is expected to reach beta testing and then clinical trial stage by the end of 2016 subject to receiving sufficient funding. Your donations will help make this a reality. If you’re on the ASLM mailing list you’ll hear about this as soon as it is available for testing and then for trial recruitment. Read more about this groundbreaking research and social enterprise here.
Initiative 4: Online member community and social learning platform
Social is where it’s at, and the same has become true for online learning. ASLM is building a member community section into our website where members will be able to communicate with each other, organically form groups around special interests, like, follow and friend, upload and download resources, everything you could possibly want of a member community. Much of the functionality has already been built, but delivery of the finished product requires more funding.
Likewise with our online learning management system (LMS) which is a state of the art social learning platform, integrated into the online community. This will be the system we use to deliver and manage the Fellowship program, and also the Shared Medical Appointment Facilitator support program. Supporting this initiative with your donation means a world-class member experience for you, and ultimately, more members and more Lifestyle Medicine practitioners.