Rates of obesity and chronic disease are continuing to escalate in Australia, and fewer people are consuming healthy diets. The government is placing unprecedented focus on the general practice setting, claiming that the cost of supporting subsidised health care services is unsustainable. Providing dietetic services through the Medicare Chronic Disease Management initiative is core business for many Private Practice Dietitians. However, there is considerable risk that the funding support for Medicare services will diminish over the coming years. Dietitians need to take action.
This webinar will provide dietitians with up-to-date information on the proposed changes to the Medicare structure and funding; discuss the impact future Medicare changes may have on the dietetic workforce; and provide practical strategies to prepare dietitians for future uncertainty. This webinar is appropriate for experienced dietitians in private practice as well as new graduates considering or newly commencing work in this area.
Dr Lauren Ball is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow, Accredited Practising Dietitian, Lecturer in Nutrition & Dietetics at Griffith University and Visiting Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Cambridge University (UK).
Lauren conducts research in primary health care that contributes to a better understanding of how patients with, or at risk of chronic disease can be supported to have healthy dietary behaviours. The research Lauren leads is patient-centred, interdisciplinary, and utilises a knowledge-translation approach to support high quality health care. The research is aligned with the national research agenda on chronic disease prevention and management, and patient-centred primary health care.
Lauren has co-authored over 25 peer-reviewed scientific publications, over 30 national and international conference presentations, and was awarded the 2013 Pro Vice Chancellor Commendation for Excellence as an Early Career Researcher.