Shared Medical Appointments (SMA) workshop for practitioners & facilitators

A quantum leap forward in chronic disease management and treatment

Become an ASLM Registered SMA Practitioner or Facilitator by attending this workshop and follow-up assessment.

Saturday 13 May, 9.30am-4pm, MCHRI, Clayton, Melbourne

$385 non-members | $330 members

Held in conjunction with the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation (MCHRI). 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.

  • CPDRACGP points (tba) and most allied health CPD points apply
  • The early bird discount is automatically applied when you register
  • Non-members will get complimentary ASLM membership if eligible
  • All participants receive 12 months access to support and resources

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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 a 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.

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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.

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 Registered SMA Practitioner or Facilitator, you are required to complete three steps:

  1. One day face-to face training in the ASLM SMA protocol
  2. Assessment of your understanding of the protocol
  3. A brief 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.