- Childhood obesity is a key health challenge in Australia and around the world.
- In Australia, there is no national universal public health service for families of children who are already overweight or obese, despite well-established evidence about the effectiveness of these services.
- The project identified barriers and enablers to the universal availability of childhood obesity management services through examining two state-wide programs, Go4Fun® in NSW and PEACH™ in Queensland.
- The project found that childhood overweight and obesity management programs will only succeed long term if they are embedded into the health care system.
- Without a clear position in the health care system – whether as prevention, treatment or part of universal health care – programs are vulnerable to external factors such as changes ingovernment, funding priorities and philosophical differences.