Weight loss - medically assisted
Did you know that modern treatments for obesity can result in an over 20% body weight loss (1)?
Your path to a healthier you begins with a simple conversation with a Medmate healthcare professional. During this chat, our expert will review your health history, assess your current well-being, and understand your past efforts to manage your weight. They’ll also listen to your goals and what you hope to achieve.
Our goal is to see you enjoying a happy and active life, free from worries about preventable illnesses. When it comes to choosing the right treatment, your clinician will assist you in making the best choice for your unique plan. For some patients, medications might be a good fit. Let’s embark on this journey together!
How Does It Work
Get Started For Free
Get started by completing a short registration form. One of our friendly nurses will give you a free call for a quick chat to about your eligibility and explain how everything works.
Chat With A Health Pro
A private and hassle-free telehealth chat with our clinicians about options to reach your weight goal.
Get Your Bloods Done
Get some initial blood tests. We know it's not everyone's favorite thing, but it helps us track your health during the program.
Create A Custom Plan
A plan personalized just for you. This might include prescriptions for weight management medications if they're the right fit.
Start The Weight Loss
Once you're in, any prescribed medications will be sent straight to your door. You don't have to worry about getting your meds – we handle all of that for you.
Track Your Journey
Our team will set up monthly check-ins and renew your medications as needed. Keep going with our dedicated support until you reach your weight goal!
Assessment for Weight Management
At Medmate, our clinicians carefully look at your weight management. They think about things like your Body Mass Index (BMI), any health issues you already have, and whether your past efforts to lose weight have worked. To join our program, your BMI needs to be above 30. It all starts with a free first meeting to get things going.
Weight Management Program
Once we’ve had our first meeting and learned more about your needs, you’ll join our complete weight management program with a Medmate clinician. This program covers:
– Figuring out the weight and BMI you want to reach.
– Checking how many calories you eat every day right now.
– Deciding on the right number of calories to match your weight goals.
– Planning weekly exercise goals.
– Prescribing weight loss medications if it’s a good fit for your health.
– Making a schedule for regular check-ins with our Medmate nursing and medical team.
Weight Loss Medications and Medmate
If the doctor decides that medicine should be part of your treatment plan, Medmate will work with partner pharmacies that have the medicine you need. The cost will include the medicine, a safe disposal pack, and delivery to your home. Your doctor will help you choose the right medicine based on your health.
Medmate doesn’t give out one-time weight loss prescriptions. Our doctors need to keep an eye on how you’re doing, check for any side effects, and provide prescriptions only to patients who are in our long-term care program.
Join The Fight Against Obesity!
Did you know that 1 in 3 Australians is currently dealing with obesity? Surprisingly, overweight and obesity stand as the second most significant risk factor, right after tobacco use, contributing to health issues and loss of life. It’s responsible for a staggering 8.4% of the overall disease burden in Australia.
Together, we can make a change.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is obesity?
Being overweight or obese means you have extra body weight, and this can increase the chances of getting various long-term health issues and a higher risk of dying early.
If your body mass index is greater than 30, you are classified as being in the obese range.
What are Medmate's weight loss medications?
Due to advertising regulations, we are unable to list this class of treatments by name.
You will have to proceed to a free health practitioner consult stage with Medmate to learn about your options.
Modern weight loss medications are considered safe and can be effective for regulating your metabolism and appetite hormones.
Your clinician may prescribe these medicines as part of your weight management program.
How do I take the weight loss medications?
This is dependent on the type of medication that is suitable for your weight loss plan.
Usually this will involve a simple injection via a pen or small needle in the upper thigh or abdomen.
It is a very small injection and our pharmacists will assist you in getting started.
How important is diet for weight loss?
A high protein and nutritious diet is paramount to successful weight management. Your doctor will guide you through calorie tracking and set your daily calorie target. You must achieve a sustainable daily calorie deficit (at least by 500 calories). Medications may assist in acheiving this goal. Referral to a dietitian may also be recommended to formulate a meal plan aligned with your goals. It’s important to retain lean muscle mass and will involve tracking your macro nutrients to ensure you hit your protein targets for each day. We recommend a tracker such as My Fitness Pal to track daily calories and macros.
Calculate your basal metabolic rate and subtract 500 to get your daily target. For example if your basal metabolic rate was 2000 calories, subtract 500 to get a daily target of 1500 calories.
Are the medications safe?
Our clinical team will conduct a thorough health assessment and eligibility review. Prescription of medications will be contingent upon their safety in your specific circumstances.
Following consultation with your health practitioner, details about the medications available in the program will be disclosed and explained fully, in compliance with advertising regulations. These medications have been in widespread use since 2017 and are generally well-tolerated, with minimal side effects, the primary one being nausea for some patients.
For individuals with a personal or family history that may slightly elevate the risk of extremely rare side effects, your health practitioner will prioritize caution and suggest alternative options in such cases.
How much does Medmate's weight loss program cost?
The commencement cost of this program (including the medication, home care pack, medicaton delivery and regular health practitioner support) ranges from $285 to $499 a month.
Do I need to exercise to lose weight?
Gradually integrating regular physical activity into your routine can contribute to the attainment and maintenance of a calorie deficit and a healthy weight. The objective is to increase daily movement while adhering to your calorie target, eventually creating a calorie deficit conducive to weight reduction. Increasing lean muscle mass over time means your body burns more energy at rest allowing you to maintain a healthy weight and a leaner and more muscular physique. It’s a learning curve, the first step is to kick start the calorie deficit, measure results regularly and learn about how to incorporate both aerobic and resistance activity into your daily life. This is about lifestyle change. In time, your new habits will involve a healthier diet and regular activity that will keep you lean for the long term.
How do I join the Medmate weight management program?
It all starts with a free first meeting with a clinical nurse to get things going.
This is a no obligation chat to understand things like your Body Mass Index (BMI), any health issues you already have, and whether your past efforts to lose weight have worked.
Our team will talk to you about whether you meet eligibility for the program.