Authors: Lisa Gill , Alison Seccull, & Ben Thomas, VIC
Event: 2004 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Physical Wellbeing
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: There is substantial evidence that people with mental illness also have a high rate of physical health problems. There is also evidence that people with mental health problems do not always receive the same level of health intervention to manage and address these physical health problems as the general population. At St Vincent’s Mental Health Service, Melbourne (SVMHS) we are trying to improve our identification of physical health problems in consumers of the mental health service and support them in accessing appropriate medical intervention to manage these problems. Whilst our primary focus is clearly on treating mental health issues, we have a duty as health professionals to ensure physical health problems are identified and our consumers can access appropriate treatment for these. This paper will discuss a number of strategies that SVMHS is using to improve the physical health of consumers.