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Pioneer Lifestyle Medicine Program and Master Class Launched on the Central Coast

Source: ICCM (I Can Change Me)
Archived 4 Jun 2018 - Posted: 5 Apr 2018
Highly respected local GP, Dr Michelle Reiss and popular Clinical Psychologist and Author, Heather Irvine-Rundle have combined forces to launch the first integrated Lifestyle Medicine Program on the Central Coast “I Can Change Me” (ICCM), accompanied by an exclusive Master Class open to local health care professionals.

The first of its kind on the Central Coast, The Lifestyle Medicine Master Class being held on May 3rd in Erina, will bring together like minded and forward- thinking GPs, allied health and ancillary providers who wish to extend their knowledge into the globally expanding world of evidence- based lifestyle medicine.

What is Lifestyle Medicine?

Being practiced in the USA since 2004 and recognised in Australia since 2014, Lifestyle Medicine is a newly emerging specialty in medicine, using evidence- based practice, to address the afflictions of modern life.

Lifestyle Medicine involves a range of health professionals working together to prevent, manage and treat conditions that result from physical inactivity, poor diet or nutrition, smoking, alcohol overconsumption, chronic stress, anxiety, poor or inadequate sleep, social isolation, and loss of meaning and purpose, amongst other factors. Lifestyle medicine uses 100% evidence-based and best-practice methods of conventional medicine and is rapidly growing due to the effectiveness of lifestyle interventions in treating and/or reversing the significant proportions of obesity, diabetes, pre-diabetes, cancers, depression and most chronic diseases.

The new movement in Australian Lifestyle Medicine- Introducing ICCM

Dr Michelle Reiss and Heather Irvine-Rundle identified the need for primary GP care to collaborate with clinical psychology (and other Allied Health), to provide Lifestyle change for sustained weight-loss and chronic disease outcome improvements. The highly reputable pair then set out to bring their vision to reality through the creation of “I CAN CHANGE ME” (ICCM) Pty Ltd, a new collaborative model in Chronic disease prevention/reversal and weight-loss.

According to founder and Director, Dr Michelle Reis “ICCM was created to bridge the void in collaborative primary setting care for Chronic Disease prevention, reversal and Lifestyle modification, with particular focus on sustainable Lifestyle change that addresses psychological barriers to success”.

ICCM is a unique program incorporating education, weight loss and support in lifestyle change, that occurs over 12 months through 10 sessions in a group-based setting. “The focus is on support, biological and psychological empowerment, and is fully evidence-based”. Dr Reiss explains. The program also sees collaboration with a dietician, an exercise physiologist and a physiotherapist.

Lifestyle Medicine is rapidly growing across the world, propelled by the pandemic proportions of obesity, diabetes, pre-diabetes, cancers and most chronic diseases.  As stated by Co-founder and Director of ICCM, and leading local Clinical Psychologist at the READ Clinic, Heather Irvine- Rundle, “Lifestyle medicine is NOT “alternative, naturopathic or holistic medicine”. It applies behavioural, medical and motivational principles, using the “Bio-Psycho-Social” model, to address the underlying, modifiable cause of chronic disease”.

The local healthcare dynamic duo is Internationally Certified in Lifestyle Medicine and are committed to enhancing their patient’s self-empowerment, self-efficacy and confidence in making sustainable lifestyle changes. This will be achieved by providing collaborative care, using the Bio-Psycho-Social model of caring for the “whole” person, to accomplish sustainable weight loss and lifestyle modification.

Saving lives and reducing health care costs for local communities

By reducing weight, and maintaining weight loss and lifestyle change, many chronic diseases, particularly type 2 Diabetes, Pre-diabetes, arthritis, depression, some cancers, etc can be prevented or reversed. This integrated and crucial approach to medicine will contribute to the overall improvement of quality of life for the community whilst also reducing health care costs.

Who is the ICCM program suitable for?

Anybody, of any age who is overweight or obese, suffers from depression, anxiety, diabetes type 2, high cholesterol, fatigue, feelings of overwhelm, lack of vitality and more. If you are interested in finding out more about the program and potentially registering. Visit ICCM (I Can Change Me) website, or email admin@icanchangeme.com.au.  Starting dates are staggered as client numbers are limited per group.

The program is set to expand into other regions including Newcastle, with the aim to consistently maintain a high- quality program that sees successful, sustainable lifestyle change and growth.

Find out more about the ICCM program

Exclusive Lifestyle Medicine Master Class for Healthcare Professionals guest speakers include pioneer of Lifestyle Medicine, Professor Garry Egger and local leading nutritionist and popular seminar presenter, Nicole Saliba.

Lifestyle Medicine Master Class for Healthcare Professionals

Thursday 3 May 2018

6.15pm - 8.30pm

Erina Centre Meeting Room 3 (next to Library), Erina Fair, Terrigal Drive, Erina

Seats are limited, please book your ticket now to avoid disappointment.

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