Healthy Lifestyles and Outcomes

 Research has found that people experiencing mental illness have a significantly shortened lifespan compared to those without mental illness. It is known that people with mental illness are more likely to have serious physical health conditions, like heart disease, obesity and diabetes, and are less likely to receive the medical attention and treatment they require.

The physical health of people experiencing mental illness needs to be given the attention it deserves. Improvements in physical health contribute to better mental health, increased daily functioning and improved quality of life.  

The Healthy Lifestyles and Outcomes stream of research focuses on physical health for people experiencing mental illness.  In particular, our work involves:

  • Promoting the assessment of physical health in people experiencing mental illness
  • Developing and implementing interventions (individual & group) to address physical health issues (e.g. smoking, diet & physical activity) in people experiencing mental illness 
  • Evaluating the impact of these interventions

Therefore, work in this stream has both a research and a clinical focus.

You can watch an overview of the team's work here.

Healthy Lifestyles and Outcomes team

Team Leader      
Professor Jayashri Kulkarni

Coordinator   
Sacha Filia 

Researchers
Amity Green
 
Collaborating Researchers
Professor Amanda Baker (University of Newcastle)
Professor Robyn Richmond (University of New South Wales)
Professor David Castle (University of Melbourne, St Vincent’s Hospital)
Associate Professor Jill Williams (UMDNJ − Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)
Dr Frances Kay-Lambkin (University of Newcastle)
Dr Melinda Carrington (Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute)
Lucinda Riches (Inner South Community Health Service)
 

 

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