S25: Feeling physical: Innovative approaches to physical health and wellbeing.

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Authors: Janet Ford, Jade Ryall

Year: 2017

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Wellbeing,Comorbidity,Promotion, Prevention, Early Intervention

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: Physical health and wellbeing has become a significant focus of mental health policy in recent years. Innovative responses to promoting the importance of physical health and wellbeing in mental health services are required to translate policy into sustainable action. This snapshot outlines innovative approaches Flourish Australia has developed to support people with lived experience of a mental health issue and staff to focus on physical health and wellbeing, including Flourish Australia; Back on Track Health Program, the use reflective questions, quarterly health promotion planners, flash cards, information resources and a community of practice.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1: Increased understanding of the importance of a focus on physical health and wellbeing for people with lived experience of a mental health issue.

Learning Objective 2: Exploration of organisational and individual approaches to promoting physical health and wellbeing and receive awareness of different approaches to promoting physical health and wellbeing and self-management.

Hancock, N. & Cowles, C.P. 2014, Meeting the physical health needs of people living with and recovering from a mental health condition: A scoping study and literature reviewed. Viewed 19/10/16 at http://www.mhcc.org.au/sector-development/recovery-and-practice-approaches/ph-mhcc-physical-health-research-project.aspx

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), 2014, Keeping body and mind together: Improving the physical health and life expectancy of people with serious mental illness. Viewed 28/10/16 at https://www.ranzcp.org/News-policy/Policy-submissions-reports/Physical-health-and-mental-illness.aspx

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