Food as Medicine - Talking about Weight

Food as Medicine: Talking about Weight

Do you find discussing weight with patients difficult? Is weight management an area of practice you feel you could use some more support in?  

Help your patients in the area of weight management with this practical 2 week online course on ‘talking about weight’.

The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics here at Monash University have developed a flexible online course to help suit the learning needs of busy health professionals. This course aims to provide information to help have those difficult conversations regarding a patient’s weight, and answer some of the frequently asked questions regarding weight loss you may receive in practice.

This two-week course is designed to expand healthcare professionals’ (including dietitians) practical skills in discussing weight with patients. Through the provision of case studies and evidenced-based information, learners will explore common weight and diet related questions, and strategies for management. The course aims to provide useful and practical skills when discussing weight with patients, focusing on common scenarios and topics healthcare professionals may experience with patients, and strategies for management. Along with practical information, the course will provide a refresher on the science behind hunger and appetite, and a current snapshot of overweight and obesity.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify critical time points where interventions can have the most effect in the prevention of weight gain
  • Discuss factors that may assist patients to lose weight and prevent weight regain.
  • Discuss factors that may drive weight regain in those who have lost weight and what health professionals can do to support weight loss maintenance.
  • Engage effectively with patients and respond to common nutrition, food and weight management related questions.

Learn from a team of nutrition experts

This course has been designed by a team of experts in food and nutrition, and weight management from Monash University. As researchers and clinical health practitioners, they apply the latest research to practical patient care.

General Practitioners and nurses have had input into the content of this course to ensure that it is relevant and useful to healthcare professionals and their practice.

Obtain professional development recognition

This course is recognised by:

  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP): this activity has been approved/allocated 40 Category 1 points by the RACGP QI&CPD Program in the 2017 – 19 triennium.
  • Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA): this activity has been endorsed by APNA according to approved quality standards criteria. Completion of this educational activity entitles eligible participants to claim 6 CPD hours.
  • British Dietetic Association (BDA): endorsement applies only to the educational content of the learning activity
  • Association for Nutrition (AfN): endorsed for CPD

Members of these professional associations will receive additional certification from Monash University, in line with these respective organisations, which provides evidence of ongoing professional development.


This course is designed for healthcare professionals, specifically medical specialists, general practitioners, nurses and nutrition professionals who would like a refresher in this space. It assumes knowledge of science, medicine and healthcare practice.