Health and wellbeing defined: The Oxford dictionary defines health as the state of being free from illness or injury and a person’s mental or physical condition. It further defines wellbeing as the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy.
GPs, as frontline defenders of Australia’s health are best placed to change the shape of Australia. By looking after your own mental and physical wellbeing, you’re better equipped to help your patients.
At GP17 we’re committed to looking after you. There will be lots of fun and easy activities that you can participate in throughout the conference, including in between sessions. There will also be a relaxation zone on the RACGP booth where you can take some time out for a short meditation to re-invigorate your mind ready for the next learning opportunities.
Health and wellbeing
Mental health experts advocate wellbeing as a way of improving our lives, helping us to stay resilient, build social support and self-efficacy and cope with adversity.
Ways to improve our health and wellbeing:
• Mindfulness and meditation
• Lifestyle – sleep, exercise and diet*
The new ICC Sydney is in the heart of the Darling Harbour Precinct. It offers quick and easy access to Cockle Bay and stunning views of Darling Harbour as well being only a short 15-20 minute walk from the heart of the CBD.
To enhance your experience and make getting to and around the ICC easier, we will have movement ushers located on the walks from the preferred hotels as well as throughout the ICC. These friendly staff will be on-hand to help with directions and queries.
Just look for the bright pink and blue GP17 lollypop signs to guide your way
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, research has shown that doing a mix of aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities 3 to 5 times a week for 30 to 60 minutes can give you positive mental health benefits.*
To help you along the way, the dress code for GP17 is smart casual. We encourage you to wear your comfortable shoes and cool loose clothing so that movement throughout the ICC Sydney is a breeze.
Your comfortable outfit will also allow you to participate in some of the fun activities that are planned to help energise your GP17 experience as well as provide you with easy tips you can share with your patients.
Physical health and wellbeing
Almost 2 out of 3 Australian adults are overweight or obese*
1 in 4 Australian children are overweight or obese*
2nd highest contributor to
burden of disease
Overweight and obesity (high BMI) is the second highest contributor to burden of disease, after dietary risks. Smoking is the third highest.*