Bodywise is a reconditioning program for people diagnosed with obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, stroke or osteoarthritis. The program helps maximise or restore independence, movement, exercise tolerance and endurance. Reconditioning is achieved by providing tools, knowledge and support that will empower you to change your behaviours to achieve optimal nutrition, manage your weight and improve your overall health.

Who is the program for?

There are two streams of this reconditioning program:

1.After a bariatric procedure To support people after a bariatric procedure such as surgery or insertion of a gastric balloon. This stream may also be suitable if you are waiting to undergo a bariatric procedure.

2.Lifestyle/non-procedure To support people who would like to take a non-surgical approach to weight management (and have not previously had a bariatric procedure/surgery). This stream may also be suitable for people who are considering a bariatric procedure but would first benefit from a program to assist with improving the health risks associated with obesity.

About the program

Aims

This program aims to

Aid recovery (for participants who have had a procedure or surgery) build knowledge and understanding about your body and your condition help you develop skills and confidence to sustain long-term, positive lifestyle changes to improve physical, nutritional and psychological health support you to reach short and long-term health and rehabilitation goals.

What is involved in the program?

The Bodywise program incorporates a range of elements based on your individual needs.

These include: graded exercise, stretches and walking program hydrotherapy psychological and emotional support mindfulness training self-management strategies nutritional and health advice practical tips, tools and resources. All elements of the program are tailored to match your ability and to meet your specific goals, including the exercise plan. The program is conducted in a group setting. Additional one-on-one therapy sessions are also available if required. Our team Participants will work together with a multidisciplinary team to achieve your goals. Throughout the program, you will be supported by: a rehabilitation physician dietitians psychologists exercise physiologists physiotherapists nurses.

Program type:

Inpatient

Outpatient

Available at:

Epworth Camberwell

Epworth Geelong (after a bariatric procedure only)