An Integrated Approach for Tackling Childhood Overweight and Obesity in Queensland is the state’s first evidence-based paediatric framework for addressing the issue of overweight and obesity among children and young people.
Developed by Queensland Health’s Paediatric Obesity Working Group, the document includes a detailed Overview, Model of Care and a toolkit with key resources and references that can be used by all clinicians across all levels of the health care system.
The aims of the framework are to:
- Describe in detail the fundamental problems of childhood overweight and obesity within the current healthcare environment and identify key partners and stakeholders.
- Provide a collaborative, integrated approach to childhood overweight and obesity management across the health continuum, to guide clinicians to develop local supporting initiatives and deliver the best care to children and their families.
- Provide consideration for future directions of the management of childhood overweight and obesity in Queensland.
The framework includes three documents:
1. An overview outlining a systems-wide, integrated approach for tackling childhood obesity in Queensland. This includes:
- Identifying the problems of childhood overweight and obesity
- Fundamentals of childhood overweight and obesity
- Introduction to the model of care
- Future directions
2. The Model of Care (MOC) – a ‘How-to’ Guide which incorporates prevention, early intervention, primary health care, secondary health care, tertiary heath care and quaternary level services. It details who is expected to provide the intervention, how the intervention will be provided and information and resources for clinician to use in their intervention. The MOC covers the following areas:
- Prevention and early intervention
- Treatment and management
- Education and training
- Research, monitoring and evaluation
3. A Toolkit containing resources and tools for clinicians across all levels of the health care system that support the MOC.