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Fit For Your Life: Prescribing Exercise for Mental Health in Older Age

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Kerry Packer Education Centre

12A Missenden Road

Camperdown, NSW 2050

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The workshop will bring together healthcare professionals, peer workers, carers and older people with a lived experience of mental illness to learn about the integration of exercise in clinical and practical settings for the prevention and management of mental illness (including with other chronic conditions).

In this special workshop hosted by the NSW Elderly Suicide Prevention Network (ESPN) on World Suicide Prevention Day, Maria Fiatarone Singh, MD, FRACP presents a practical, evidence-based workshop to support healthcare professionals, peer workers, carers and people with a lived experience of mental illness (or caring for someone with a mental illness) on the integration of exercise in clinical and practical settings for the prevention and management of mental illness and other chronic conditions. This workshop will provide the rationale for the use of exercise as medicine, practical guidance on how to screen and work in partnership with consumers to implement and monitor appropriate exercise modalities in clinical practice, and what clinical outcomes can be expected when these robust and safe techniques are employed.

Who would benefit from this workshop?

This workshop would be beneficial for healthcare professionals and peer workers working with older adults experiencing depression, anxiety, insomnia, and PTSD. Older people with a lived experience of mental illness (or caring for someone with a mental illness) are also welcome to be part of the sharing and learning.

About the speaker

Professor Fiatarone Singh is a geriatrician, John Sutton Chair of Exercise and Sport Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, Professor Sydney Medical School and at The Boden Institute and The Charles Perkins Centre. She is a world-renowned expert in the investigation and clinical dissemination of exercise programs across a broad range of chronic diseases and syndromes relevant to older adults, including sarcopenia, frailty, arthritis, osteoporosis, depression, cognitive impairment, falls, diabetes, heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, and renal disease, among others.

Learning outcomes

Health Professionals are able to understand, implement and evaluate exercise prescription principles and practice across diverse mental health scenarios.

Peer workers, carers and family are able to understand and support consumers to engage with prescribed exercise interventions as part of their recovery.

Consumers are able to understand and appreciate the benefits of prescribed exercise interventions as part of their recovery.

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About the NSW Elderly Suicide Prevention Network (ESPN)

The NSW ESPN was established in 1998 to bring together NSW Health staff with responsibility for suicide and depression prevention for older people. For many years it has also included other interested individuals and agencies that support our commitment to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in older people. The ESPN provides a forum to support members, share knowledge and disseminate information around mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention in later life. The ESPN also supports and promotes project development and reasearch activities among members in association with identified partners. The ESPNs most recent collaboration was with NSW Health in publlishing Wellbeing in Later Life: Your guide to Programs and Activities (2014) http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/mentalhealth/Publications1/wellbeing-in-later-life.pdf

For more information contact Jane Massa, Chair, NSW ESPN on email: Jane.Massa@health.nsw.gov.au

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