This clinic is aimed at providing specialist treatment for people with chronic weight problems.
At the Baker Institute Weight Management Clinic client success is not just weight loss. We examine your lifestyle, medical history and your own needs and find the changes that will best suit you. Our team works together to form an approach that is tailored to you in hopes to provide you with the best possible outcome.
What can we do for you?
The Baker Institute Weight Management Clinic is able to provide assistance with, but not limited to, the following:
- Chronic weight problems, with repeated episodes of weight regain after successful weight loss or repeated failed weight loss attempts.
- Severe obesity (BMI >35 kg/m2).
- Medical conditions related to obesity (e.g. type 2 diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidaemia, polycystic ovary syndrome, depression, obstructive sleep apnoea, liver dysfunction, impaired physical capacity).
- Clients considering bariatric surgery
- Past bariatric surgery, requiring ongoing care.
What can you expect?
Upon referral to the clinic by a GP or specialist, clients will see a physician who will assess how weight management issues may be affecting physical and mental health by conducting a series of appropriate blood tests, height and weight measurements and evaluating the feedback received from the filled out client questionnaire.
Each client is managed according to their individual needs, history and preferred treatment strategies. Clients have the opportunity to see multiple members of our team who provide different services. These include:
Assess underlying medical conditions that may be contributing to your weight management issues and discuss the best plan for you. Some of the avenues that can be explored here include nutrition approaches, lifestyle changes, pharmaceutical interventions and surgical procedures.
Will conduct a thorough assessment of your medical and social history, daily diet and lifestyle habits to gather all of the necessary information to tailor a nutrition approach for you. Dietitians work closely with all members of the team to find appropriate dietary measures for not only weight loss, but also to help manage pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and polycystic ovary syndrome, to name a few.
If you choose to see an exercise physiologist, they will conduct an assessment to measure your strength, balance and range of motion as well as your postural and functional abilities. This will help with the development of a tailored exercise regime for you.
Diabetes nurse educator
If you are prescribed injectable medication for weight loss. Our team of diabetes nurse educators will take you through the safest and most effective way to administer these medications and answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Patients who attend the clinic also have the opportunity to become involved with Clinical research trials undertaken by our researchers.
Nutrition care approach
At the Baker Institute Weight Management Clinic, we provide a variety of tailored nutrition approaches that best accommodate you and your lifestyle. The dietitians can help you with information about:
- Very Low Energy Diet such as optifast, optislim and formulite.
- Intermittent Fasting such as 5:2 and Time Restricted Eating such as 16:8.
- Energy reduction diet.
- Mediterranean diet.
- Australian Guide to Healthy Eating.
- Non-diet approach.
Who can attend?
To attend this service you will need a referral from your treating physician or general practitioner.
More information on attending the Baker Specialist Clinics.
Get in contact with us
To book or reschedule an appointment, please call reception (03) 8532 1800. Appointments are available Monday to Friday, 8.45am–4.30pm.
Referrals from health professionals can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to (03) 8532 1899.
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