To raise the awareness enabling safe, dignified and caring management of the population with obesity who have bariatric needs.
Director: Janet Hope
RN, Grad Diploma Health Education, Cert IV Training & Assessment
In the past, people with obesity having bariatric needs have suffered unnecessarily through the use of inefficient, unsuitable and "makeshift" transport and lifting equipment. In many cases there was no equipment at all.
Concerned about poor bariatric care, Janet sought advice from others through the Australian Resource Centre for Healthcare Innovations (ARCHI). All responses revealed that there was an alarming lack of experience, information and equipment in this area.
2002 - Janet began investigating how to educate, advise and support healthcare workers in the care for the person with obesity who has bariatric needs .
2003 - with Janet's acquired knowledge, the Victorian Bariatric Interest Group was established and quarterly meeting were held for the disseminating of bariatric information, sharing experiences through case studies and networking.
2005 - Janet was invited to speak on "Managing the Obese Patient" at the "Change Champions" Conference, Sydney. This conference helped to significantly increase interest as well as establishing a branch in Queensland -"QBIG"
2011 - with the growth VicBIG increasing to nearly 400 members, it was clear that expansion was necessary to include activities in divisions across Australia and New Zealand. With the number of bariatric presentations in healthcare increasing rapidly, the need for easy access to bariatric resources and education across all healthcare professions was high priority.
2012 - AusBIG was born. Incorporating all states, territories and New Zealand. Each state now has a page on this website to advertise all local activities.
VicBIG/AusBIG has been consulted on many and varied aspects around the physical management of person with obesity who has bariatric needs such as the Victorian CPAV ambulances, the funeral association, fixed winged air ambulance mostly related to the exchange of the person from one service to another.
Membership provides a forum for health care professionals to network for information and solutions, assisting them in improving the physical management of the population with obesity who have bariatric needs.
Current AusBIG members include:
AusBIG meetings have provided a platform for guest speakers to present different aspects of the physical management of the person with obesity who has bariatric needs and all aspects of their care. These meetings invoke discussion and resolution around the challenges associated with bariatric care.