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Talking to patients about health and weight accredited training

Training GP and Health Professionals

As trusted sources of health information, professionals like GPs, nurses, and dietitians have a vital role to play in helping patients take steps towards a healthy lifestyle and reduce their risk of diseases linked to excess weight – including cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. But research 1 shows that most health professional’s lack the confidence to have weight-related conversations with patients.

Our in-person training addresses this gap, building health professional’s capability to speak with patients about health and weight in a way that’s sensitive, non-stigmatising and effective.

Learning outcomes

This training will help you:

  • Understand how being above a healthy weight increases risk of cancers
  • Apply motivating, non-stigmatising, sensitive language when discussing weight with patients
  • Provide effective weight management counselling using evidence-based techniques
  • Recommend resources to support patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle, including a healthy diet and ample exercise.
  • Apply motivational interviewing techniques in your practice

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Select health professionals can put this training towards their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours. All participants will receive a digital certificate upon completion of the training.

This training is accredited by The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association.

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More information

Location : Level 8, 200 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne, Victoria, 3002

Cost : $240

Time : 9:15am - 4:15pm

Upcoming Dates : 26 October 2023 or 20 November 2023.


Experienced trainers, Stavroula Zandes and Dr Sherly Li, facilitate the training.


Stavroula is a psychologist, with over 20 years of experience delivering behaviour change training on a range of challenging topics.


Sherly is a PhD and an accredited practicing dietitian with expertise in weight management and prevention of chronic disease.

Who is this training for?

This training is for all health and allied health professionals who may need to have conversations with adults about nutrition, weight or adopting a healthy lifestyle in their line of work. This includes, but is not limited to, general practitioners, nurses, dietitians, diabetes educators, social workers, health coaches, and physiotherapists.

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What our past participants said 


Fabulous workshop with passionate presenters imparting great wisdom and experience.


Fantastic. I felt I really learned a lot which will be relevant to my practice in many settings.


I was very impressed with Stav's engaging communication style which helped to effectively convey the complex and varied topics presented at the workshop.

Further training

We also offer accredited online training. Register here.


Got questions? Please contact us at (03) 9514 6477 or

Further training

We also offer an accredited online training. Register here.

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Do you know professionals who may be interested in attending?

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[1]  Ashman F, Sturgiss E, Haesler E., (2016) Exploring Self-Efficacy in Australian General Practitioners Managing Patient Obesity: A Qualitative Survey Study. Int J Family Med. 2016:8212837. doi: 10.1155/2016/8212837