Bariatric surgery initiative

Growing evidence supports the use of weight loss surgery—bariatric surgery—to improve the health of some people with both obesity and diabetes. Queensland Health is conducting a research study in partnership with Griffith University where a limited number of people are offered publicly funded weight loss surgery.

People that are referred will be assessed on a case-by-case basis against specific criteria developed by expert health professionals—not all people referred will be offered an appointment.

As this a research study, there are strict eligibility requirements.

Check my eligibility

No I am NOT aged between 18 and 65

To access this initiative, you need to be aged between 18 and 65.

Please speak with your GP or specialist about other options to help you improve your health, or check out the Healthier. Happier. website.

Is your BMI more than 35?

To calculate your BMI use the BMI Calculator tool

Yes my BMI is MORE than 35No my BMI is NOT more than 35

No I do NOT weigh less than 175kg

To access this initiative, you need to weigh less than 175kg.

Please speak with your GP or specialist about other options to help you improve your health, or check out the Healthier. Happier. website.

No my BMI is NOTmore than 35

To access this initiative, your BMI needs to be more than 35kg/m2.

Please speak with your GP or specialist about other options to help you improve your health, or check out the Healthier. Happier. website.

No I do NOT have type 2 diabetes

This initiative is aimed at helping people that have type 2 diabetes.

Please speak with your GP or specialist about other options to help you improve your health, or check out the Healthier. Happier. website.

No I am NOT currently taking 2 or more different medications to manage my diabetes

This initiative is aimed at helping people that have type 2 diabetes that are on 2 or more medications.

Please speak with your GP or specialist about other options to help you improve your health, or check out the Healthier. Happier. website.

Are you currently receiving care from a Queensland public hospital specialist (eg a cardiologist, diabetes specialist, orthopaedic surgeon or other specialist)?

Yes I am currently receiving care from a Queensland public hospital specialistNo I am NOT currently receiving care from a Queensland public hospital specialist

No my latest HbA1c is NOT more than 7%

This initiative is aimed at helping people that have type 2 diabetes that have a HbA1c more than 7% despite treatment with 2 or more diabetes medications.

Please speak with your GP or specialist about other options to help you improve your health, or check out the Healthier. Happier. website.

Based on your responses you may be eligible for this initiative

Speak with your specialist at your next appointment about whether a referral is right for you.

In the meantime, check out the Healthier. Happier. website.

No I am NOT currently receiving care from a Queensland public hospital specialist

In most cases, referrals for this initiative can only be made by a Queensland public hospital specialist.

Please speak with your GP about a referral to see a specialist. When you see the specialist, speak with them about whether a referral is right for you.

In the meantime, check out the Healthier. Happier. website.

Referral process

Referrals may be sent from anywhere in Queensland. Appointments may be offered through telehealth and travel subsidies may be available.

A referral must be made by a public hospital specialist or approved referrer from an Indigenous health service. For this specific initiative, referrals from other primary care providers, including general practitioners, cannot be accepted.

The procedure

Weight loss surgery is major surgery—it is not reversible. The most common types of surgery offered are:

  • sleeve gastrectomy—removal of a portion of the stomach
  • gastric bypass—bypassing a section of small bowel.

Cosmetic surgery, including liposuction, is not part of this research study.

All surgeries are performed in Brisbane.

For more information

If you’d like more information view bariatric surgery initiative brochure and talk to your public hospital specialist at your next appointment.

If you are not eligible for this research study, or you don’t think this surgery is for you, visit the Healthier. Happier. website. for ideas and advice to improve your health.

Last updated: 23 May 2019