Dr Melanie Farr is a weight loss General Practitioner. She is dedicated to helping people lose weight, feel better and take charge of their health. Based on the Sunshine Coast, Dr Farr offers you a down to earth, caring approach, where your individual needs are at the centre of her treatment plan.
Dr Melanie Farr -Weight Loss General Practitioner
BHB, MBChB(Auckland), FRNZCGP, FRACGP, PG Dip MSM, SCOPE Certified
Dr Melanie Farr is a General Practitioner who has a subspecialist interest in obesity. Dr Farr is certified by the Strategic Centre for Obesity Professional Education (SCOPE). SCOPE Certification is the only internationally recognised certificate in obesity management and is awarded by the World Obesity Federation. Dr Farr has worked as a General Practitioner in both Australia and New Zealand since 2007. She is a Fellow of both the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (FRNZCGP) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP). She now offers her own private practice specifically for patients who require ongoing medical support for the treatment of obesity. This includes both Bariatric General Practitioner and Medical Weight Loss services. Dr Farr works with a Bariatric Surgical Practice to provide pre-operative assessments and post-operative care as part of their comprehensive service. She consults at Tewantin Specialist Centre, and Maroochydore Specialist Centre, on the Sunshine Coast, with telehealth consults also available.
When I first became a doctor, I accepted the prevalent attitude that weight loss would occur if people simply ate less and exercised more. However, I worked in an area with high rates of obesity and diabetes, and I noticed that this is a much more complex problem than was generally accepted. I became interested in how to manage obesity more successfully.
It was evident to me, that for a portion of people who are overweight or obese, achieving or maintaining weight loss the ‘standard’ way does not work. While this approach is appropriate for some, it doesn’t address the complex needs of our obese community.
What it can do, is leave you feeling let down by the standard medical care, demoralised and hopeless. That somehow your failure to lose weight means you haven’t tried hard enough, or been strong enough.
As a SCOPE-certified medical practitioner, I recognise that obesity is a chronic, relapsing disease, with a strong genetic predisposition.
Obesity requires a unique and specialised approach to patient care. Those treatments should be administered in a caring and supportive way. Without judgement, and with your long term health at the heart.
There is medical help and ongoing support available to you to allow you to take charge of your health and life. I look forward to working with you to find the right solutions which enable you to leave obesity behind.