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This program has emerged out of extensive experience concerning the effectiveness of art therapy in
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The Program focuses on:
ow the natural environment is used in various cultures for the purposes of healing
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The program aims to provide participants with environmental art therapy skills in:
The course reflects major developments in thinking and
practice in art therapy internationally.
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and they believed that most of their patients
would benefit from nutrition counselling.
Yet despite the significance of nutrition and
lifestyle advice, GPs around the world are
inadequately prepared to provide that advice.
A study of health system performance in
Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United
Kingdom and the United States found that
between one half and three quarters of patients
in the five nations said they had not received
advice or counselling on weight, nutrition or
exercise from their GPs.
15 In an Australian
study, only 38% of Australian adults reported
having received any advice from their GPs on
weight, nutrition and exercise.
Barriers to providing
information to patients in Australia include
lack of time and compensation, consistent
with studies from other countries.
GP visits take 15 minutes or less and often
many health issues and disease processes
may need to be addressed in that time.
The inability for GPs to obtain nutritional
materials to refer to and give to patients is
also a barrier to improving nutritional advice
offered to the public.
17 In a study in which
nutritional resource manuals were given
to GPs, it was reported their confidence in
understood by primary care providers7.
Good nutrition is a major component to
enjoying good health.
There is no doubt that health professionals,
such as General Practitioners (GPs), play a
vital role in health promotion and are viewed
as an important source of health information
by patients and the community.5,8 ,9,10 ,11
Studies show that 80 -90% of the public
consult their GPs in any one year. According
to the Australian Medical Association
(AMA), appropriate nutrition is the key to
the prevention of malnutrition, over weight
and obesity and is urgently required from
health, social and economic perspectives.
Most GPs agree that nutritional training is
important and should be an integral part of
the treatment for their patients. Nutritional
advice from doctors and other health workers
is held in high regard by the general public.
It is important, therefore, to ensure that the
advice given is sound and safe. GPs are seen by
patients as the major and most reliable source
of nutrition guidance.
13,14 In one study, 76%
of the doctors agreed that nutrition greatly
influenced health status, and 96% agreed that
doctors’ attitudes and advice influence their
patients’ diet. Overall, family physicians had
positive attitudes toward the potential effects
of nutrition counselling on patient behaviour,
‘Millions of people in every
Western country suffer illnesses
caused by lifestyle and
environmental factors, which
account for up to 80% of health
‘In an Australian study, only 38%
of Australian adults reported
having received any advice
from their GPs on weight,
nutrition and exercise.’
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