This online course includes scientific background and practical clinical information aimed at health practitioners involved in the assessment and treatment of people with obesity. Clinical case studies and interactive questions are designed to maximise engagement and learning.

In recent years, advances have been made in our understanding of the biology of obesity, which has led to the development of new treatment approaches. Management of Obesity is an online course developed by physicians specialising in obesity research and clinical practice. The course is designed to provide an evidence-based approach for managing patients who are seeking treatment for obesity.


The course is suitable for all clinicians involved in the management of patients with obesity, including general practitioners, physicians, doctors in training, dietitians, allied health professionals and students.


  1. Assess patients with obesity using Edmonton Obesity Staging System (EOSS) and set appropriate system-based treatment goals
  2. Explain body weight regulation to patients
  3. Construct an evidence-based treatment plan for obesity management
  4. Access a patient's suitability for intensive weight management interventions including very-low energy diets, pharmacotherapy and bariatric surgery
  5. List the routine monitoring and medication adjustments recommended for patients prescribed a very-low-energy diet

I am a GP and have completed the diabetes and the obesity courses from the university of Melbourne. I have found them to be the most educational courses of any GP training I have done. Written by doctors who work in the field and not a drug company. Plus a lot of case studies that then give you confidence practising the learnt information on your own
- from our GP student


  • Tutorial 1: Overview of obesity
  • Tutorial 2: Why is weight so hard to lose and so easy to regain?
  • Tutorial 3: Initial approach to the patient with obesity
  • Tutorial 4: Medical management of obesity 1: An introduction to lifestyle interventions
  • Tutorial 5: Medical management of obesity 2: Very low energy diets
  • Tutorial 6: Medical management of obesity 3: Pharmacotherapy
  • Tutorial 7: Surgical management of obesity
  • Tutorial 8: Managing weight in specific situations: Older adults, women planning pregnancy and people with T2DM


The assessment is submission of 8 self-assessments and 19 case studies.
A Certificate of Completion is provided upon satisfactory completion of the course.


Course completion requires approximately 12 hours of elearning.

Students have the flexibility to study in their own time and location. Program materials can be accessed through the eLearning Education app on mobile devices with iOS, Android or Windows systems. Program materials can also be accessed using a web browser.


Dr Priya Sumithran


Prof Joseph Proietto

Dr Cilla Haywood


Prof Joseph Proietto
Dr Cilla Haywood
Dr Priya Sumithran
Dr Fiona Lee
Dr Sarah Price
Dr Gowri Somarajah


RACGP CPD Accredited Activity (40 points)

This course is a RACGP CPD Accredited Activity (40 points) in the 2020 - 2022 triennium.

RACGP Accreditation



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Course Information


Course Fee: AUD $550 (inc. GST)

Students/nurses/allied health professionals: AUD $275 (inc. GST) (Group discount pricing available, please contact us at



Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this course.


The assessment is submission of 8 self-assessments and 19 case studies. A Certificate of Completion is provided upon satisfactory completion of the course.