Authors: Sandra Davidson, Fiona Judd, Barbara Hocking, Damien Jolley, Sandy Thompson, VIC
Event: 1999 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Recommended reading, physical health, book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: To increase understanding of why people with mental illness have higher rates of morbidity and mortality than other Australians, 234 consumers of mental health services were interviewed about a range of lifestyle behaviours which may be related to physical illness and disease. People with mental illness were more likely than other Australians to be at risk of cardiovascular disease through higher rates of obesity, smoking and lack of exercise. Higher rates of injecting drug use also put them at risk of contracting blood borne diseases, particularly HIV and hepatitis. The results of this study indicates that specifically designed interventions are needed to target the unique health needs of people living with a psychiatric illness.