Addressing the physical health of people with mental illness

The Dietitians Association of Australia, Exercise Sports Science Australia and the Australian Psychological Society have released a joint statement outlining the role of Accredited Practising Dietitians, Accredited Exercise Physiologists and Psychologists in improving the mental health and physical health of people living with mental illness.

The Dietitians Association of Australia, Exercise & Sports Science Australia and the Australian Psychological Society endorse:

  • Increased access to dietary and exercise interventions in addition to evidence-based psychological and medical treatment for individuals experiencing mental illness.
  • Regular screening and ongoing monitoring of both physical and mental health for people experiencing mental illness.
  • Where indicated, referral to appropriately qualified allied health professionals to address lifestyle issues and physical health needs.
  • Strengthening referral networks and collaboration between core professionals in the mental health treatment team.

To read the full position statement click here.

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