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The Physical Health of people who have a Mental Illness

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Room 6, 1st Floor, The Griffin Centre

20 Genge Street

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Quarterly Forum: The physical health of people who have a mental illness

Quarterly Forum: The physical health of people who have a mental illness

The physical health of people who have a mental illness can be overlooked or misunderstood by both the person who has the illness and their medical professionals. When an individual has been diagnosed with a mental illness, this illness is often identified as the causation of various physical health issues.Individuals with mental illness have a lower life expectancy than the general population, partly because of the neglect in investigating these important physical health issues.

Certainly, a mental illness can bring about neglect of physical health, resulting in unacceptably reduced lifespan and/or disability.

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr. Brett Scholz, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the SYNERGY Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre. You may remember Brett from our Symposium held in September.
  • Chris van Reyk will speak on managing diabetes, and
  • Elise Apollini and Kayla Lee, pharmacists from Capital Chemists Wanniassa, will discuss the safe and effective use of medications.

There will also be time to discuss other aspects of physical health among people who have a mental illness during the extensive ‘Q&A’ session that follows all of our Quarterly Forums.

Date and time: 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm, Monday 26 February 2018
Venue: Meeting Room 6, 1st Floor, The Griffin Centre, 20 Genge Street, Canberra

These Quarterly Forums are organised collaboratively by the Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT, Carers ACT and the ACT Mental Health Consumers Network.

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