LMS offers a growing range of programs in lifestyle and environmentally-related chronic ailments for patients and medical practices throughout Australia. This includes current and future programs such as:
These are mostly delivered through a process known as Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs). To find out more about SMAs click on the ‘Shared Medical Appointments’ link at the top of this page.
Dr. Garry Egger has qualifications in behavioural biology and epidemiology. He has worked in public,
corporate and clinical health for over 4 decades. He is the author of 30 books (including
five texts), nearly 200 peer-reviewed scientific and research articles, and numerous popular media articles on
health and fitness. He is an Adjunct Professor of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University
and an Advisor to the World Health Organisation and several government and corporate bodies in
chronic disease prevention. In the 1990s, Dr. Egger initiated the GutBusters men's waist loss program,
the first of its kind in the world. He started training programs for fitness leaders in Australia in
1982, was one of the initiators of the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association (ALMA) in 2008.
He now runs continuing professional development courses in Lifestyle Medicine for doctors and allied
health professionals around Australia and the Pacific. Together with Professor John Stevens and
Professor John Dixon from the Baker IDI, he began testing the idea of Shared Medical
Appointments (SMAs) in Australian Primary Care Centres in 2013 in order to increase
efficiencies and outcomes in chronic disease management. Dr. Egger received an Order
of Australia Medal for his services to medical education and health promotion in 2012.
His recent interests and publications concern the links between lifestyle, obesity,
chronic disease, climate change and economic growth.
Professor John Stevens is a health scientist and Associate Professor with Southern Cross University's
School of Health and Human Sciences. John also co-founded the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM).
Having worked closely with the world's leading scientists in the area of Lifestyle Medicine, John
is one of Australia's leading experts in illness prevention and chronic disease management.
With over 30 years of experience in health practice, teaching, and research he now
specialises in translating complex scientific information into easy to understand knowledge
and easy to use skills. His current work focuses on making the science of
weight loss and healthier life available and understandable for
everyone to use to help make healthier and happier lives.
Our program creators have been involved in weight loss and obesity related research and practice for over 25 years. This program distils much of what is known in the scientific literature, and makes it available and understandable for the people who need to use it in the real world.
What follows is a list of scientific publications by our program team, from research we have been involved in related to weight and obesity:
ASLM advocates for Lifestyle Medicine and provides representation, education, training and support for doctors, allied health practitioners, public health professionals, researchers, and educators in their practice of Lifestyle Medicine. ASLM is also an active member of a cohesive and collaborative global Lifestyle Medicine movement.