Authors: Justin Chapman, Sarah Childs, Gregory Pratt, Stephen Tillston, Geoffrey Lau, Joe Petrucci, Sue Patterson
Event: 2019 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Paper from the 2019 TheMHS Conference by Justin Chapman, Sarah Childs, Gregory Pratt, Stephen Tillston, Geoffrey Lau, Joe Petrucci, and Sue Patterson. Published as part of the 2019 Book of Proceedings.
Dr Chapman is a Research Officer with QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Consumer Consultant with Metro South Addictions and Mental Health Services, and a Program Manager with PCYC Queensland. His work is in implementing and evaluating interventions to improve the physical health of people with mental health issues.
Physical inactivity and poor diet contribute significantly to the increased risk of preventable physical conditions in people with mental illness. National mental health plans promote early intervention to improve physical health outcomes. Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds (HBHM) is an exercise and nutrition program for people with mental illness, delivered by exercise physiologists and dietitians. The program is held at PCYC Queensland and co-delivered with a non-government mental health organisation. Since 2015 we have implemented a total of 31 programs at 13 PCYC sites across Queensland, benefiting 269 participants. Richmond Fellowship Queensland (RFQ) have been the strongest partner in these initiatives, co-delivering 18 of these programs for 130 participants. Median program attendance is 62.5%. This program is an example of integrating services for community-based multidisciplinary care, and is currently being evaluated in a randomised controlled trial with QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Metro North Mental Health and Metro South Addictions and Mental Health Service. PCYC Queensland received the 2018 Open Minds Not-for-profit Large Mental Health Week Achievement Award, and Program Manager Dr Justin Chapman received the 2018 Individual Achievement award for work associated with this program. An overview of the program and future directions will be presented.
Learning Objective 1: Awareness of current community-based initiatives, and knowledge of an innovative cross-sectoral model of care for addressing the physical health of people with mental illness
Learning Objective 2: Addressing the poor physical health of people with mental health issues is an international priority, and finding cost-effective and acceptable ways of providing services to consumers is a priority for mental health services.
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