“I Just Want To Wear Sexy Lingerie…” A Consumer’s Experience Of A Weight Management Group Model.

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Authors: Benjamin Flood, Simone Tassone and Kate Nunan , VIC

Year: 2010

Event: 2010 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Embracing Life: Citizenship and Social Inclusion, CLINICAL ISSUES,PROMOTION, PREVENTION,SOCIAL INCLUSION

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 9780975765364

Abstract: Inner South Community Health Service has a Recovery focused Mental Health Program that encompasses Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation and Support Services, a Personal Helpers and Mentors Program and Assertive Mental Health Outreach.

Health inequalities have been consistently observed amongst a significant proportion of the consumers of the Psychiatric Disability and Rehabilitation Support Service. The clinical issue of "obesity" is a significant problem for this group. Following consultation with service consumers, a model for weight management intervention was developed. This presentation will highlight and discuss the elements of developing and implementing a Weight Management Group for consumers of a PDRS service. The intention is to include the following: oPlanning and preparation phase involving a needs assessment completed amongst service consumers and clinicians, highlighting poor access to resources for people with a mental illness to address their weight concerns. o Implementation phase of the 6 week educational component of the group focusing on promoting life-long healthy lifestyles and preventing the risk factors associated with obesity. o Formulation of the peer support group that operated for 6 months. o Evaluation phase - process and outcome evaluation including participant self-evaluation and consensual health measures (including blood testing, weight measurement, BMI). o Planned future transition toward consumer facilitation of the group. This group model convincingly presents the advantage of a socially inclusive and responsive program that utilised peer support and Recovery models to achieve positive health outcomes.

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