University of Newcastle nutrition and dietetic researchers trialling a new virtual weight loss clinic.

“With our ever increasing work and family commitments, finding the time to see health professionals is becoming more challenging,” Chief Investigator Dr Megan Rollo said.

“More and more Australians have access to the Internet and portable devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. These technologies may be the key to accessing the expertise and support of health professionals, such as dietitians”.

Developed in partnership with SP Health Co Pty Ltd and through funding from a New South Wales Trade and Investment TechVoucher grant, the virtual weight loss clinic will allow individuals to have real-time video consultations with a dietitian as part of a web-based weight loss platform.

The research team is in need of volunteers to test the new virtual clinic as part of a six week weight loss program. All participants will be given access to the web-based weight loss platform, ClickFit (www.clickfit.com).

If you are aged 18 to 60 years and have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25.0-34.9kg/m2, you may be eligible to participate. Please contact the research team on megan.rollo@newcastle.edu.au or call 02 4921 5649 for further information.