CPD1h 10m of CPD
Total Rating(s)15
Publish Date25 October 2017
Review Date19 July 2018
Expiry Date25 October 2018
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Course considers how medications can contribute to weight gain and obesity, and the vicious cycle that exists with obesity being a major risk factor for some chronic diseases, treating these diseases and managing the side effects of the medicines used in treatment.

Topics include:

  • Obesity in Australia
  • Disease states affected by obesity
  • Medicines
  • Strategies for weight reduction

Target audience

All health professionals who work closely with the administration of medications that can cause weight gain, as well as patients that may be obese.


Provide education about the pathogenesis of obesity and how medications can contribute to this condition in order to assist patients to obtain and maintain optimum weight health.


Obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some musculoskeletal conditions, and some cancers.

Greater awareness of medicines that adversely affect a healthy weight – especially those used in prevalent co-morbid conditions – will assist health professionals to implement weight management strategies and better educate patients to manage the side effects of these medicines. A team approach is needed to assist and encourage patients to maintain a healthy weight.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the prevalence of the obesity epidemic in Australia in order to enhance delivery of sensitive and appropriate care
  • Correlate obesity with co-morbid conditions to improve patient outcomes through the implementation of weight reduction strategies
  • Use your understanding of specific medicines that cause weight gain in order to improve patient’s quality of life by managing the side effects of these medicines
  • Link alternative therapies for weight reduction with education strategies to improve patient outcomes through effective weight management


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.


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Jenny Gowan

Jenny Gowan, a practising pharmacist, is a teaching associate at Monash University, Melbourne and a clinical associate of RMIT University. She is a member of the PSA Branch committee, the Expert Group for Therapeutic Guidelines – Respiratory version 5, an editorial board member of AUS-DI, SHPA "Don’t Rush to Crush", the Guidelines Committee for the Australian Asthma Handbook (AAH) and the writing group for the RACGP ‘Medical Care of older persons in RACF’ (Silver book). Jenny is an accredited consultant pharmacist who conducts her own company, which focuses on medication reviews in the home and aged care facilities, plus education, writing, training, and consultation. Jenny works regularly in community pharmacy plus sessions in a GP clinic at a Community Health Centre. She has published over 400 educational articles. Jenny has presented talks at many Australian and international conferences to GPs, nurse practitioners, nurses, podiatrists, pharmacists, and other health professionals. In 2013, she was awarded the Australian Pharmacist of the Year by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and, in 2016, the AACP-MIMs Australian Consultant Pharmacist of the Year.

CPD1h 10m of CPD
Total Rating(s)15
Publish Date25 October 2017
Review Date19 July 2018
Expiry Date25 October 2018
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topic Tags
Healthy Lifestyle Counselling
Medication Safety
Metabolic Syndrome

Further Learning

Learner Reviews


15 Total Rating(s)

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Frances Browne
22 Aug 2018

interesting topic

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Nicole Lynch
31 May 2018

full of great information to assist the obese patient

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Lorin Blagdon
30 May 2018


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Michelle Lipman
29 May 2018

Interesting presentation.

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Gillian Carne
25 May 2018

Great talk, confronting statistics

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yan zhang
24 May 2018

informative video.

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Jinju Rajeev
22 May 2018


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Hellene Heron
18 May 2018


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Cheryl Carpenter
15 May 2018

good video

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Ellie Alizadeh
09 May 2018

Thorough and very clear