The All Bodies Directory (Australia)

All Bodies Directory (Australia) logo

Not too long ago, the radiant Kath and the fab Bec spoke to Triple J’s Hack about their experiences, as fat people, with health care professionals (the story is ace, go listen). As part of their research, producer and host Tom Tilley called me to see if I had a list of body positive doctors. I didn’t.

I realised what a massive gap this is. Going to get a check-up, a consultation or a pap smear can be a hugely stressful event for a fat person. Finding a GP, a psychologist or an OB/GYN that won’t stigmatise your body is primarily down to luck.

So I’ve set up the All Bodies Directory (Australia) This is a site that will collate health care professionals from across Australia who treat all bodies carefully and respectfully. Listings will be organised by state, by regions and by specialisations. I want this to be a really valuable resource for the fat community.

The site will rely on user submissions, so if you know a body positive health care professional anywhere in Australia, please please please email me at Make sure you include the following information:

Area (e.g. GP, psychologist, OB/GYN):
Private or public:
Contact number:
Comments (optional):

The site is brand new (and I mean brand new; I thought of it this arvo), so if you have any suggestions or feedback please leave me a comment here or over at All Bodies.


7 Responses to “The All Bodies Directory (Australia)”

  1. 1 Jenn H 25 February, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I think this is a GREAT idea! I wish we had something like this here in the States and was JUST thinking about this topic this afternoon.
    The last time I had a gyn checkup the doctor could NOT get past my weight. She continually questioned me on my activity levels and I guess playing tennis 2x a week and walking a lot wasn’t good enough for her. I got lectures about cholesterol, calcium and weight loss. While she gave me my exam, she bitched about not being able to “feel my uterus” because of my size.
    I’ve been *this* fat for over 10 years, and no one has ever mentioned my weight vs. feeling my uterus during an exam. I left the office more insecure than I was before and she never answered the questions I had about some issues I was having.
    She was just way too interested in my fat, and not my reproductive organs, like she should have been.
    I’ve been reluctant to go back, but I’ve been having some serious issues the need to be checked, and I’d love to see someone who’s a little more compassionate.

    • 2 Frances 25 February, 2011 at 4:19 pm

      It’s only one day old, but I would like All Bodies to expand (no pun intended). I’m hoping to learn HTML soon so it can live on a proper site, rather than a wordpress blog, and resemble an actual directory.

      Depending on how much work the Australian directory involves, I’d like to create additional pages for the US and UK (for starters). Whether it’ll be me managing the international pages or someone else, I don’t know. There’s definitely a need for this all over.

  2. 3 Bri 25 February, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    There is actually something like this up at Maybe there are some references there you could copy over? I think your idea is a great one!

  3. 5 sleepydumpling 25 February, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Bloody fabulous idea Frances, I’ve sent you through my doc’s details just now.

  4. 6 KittyMaehem 25 February, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    I’ve emailed you the details of my GP in Melbourne CBD, of whom I cannot speak highly enough! A great project, and I hope that I am able to send some girls in the right direction.

  5. 7 Veronica 11 March, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Really great initiative, Frances!

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