Call for a systems focus on exercise and physical activity to close the life expectancy gap of people living with mental illness

Call for a systems focus on exercise and physical activity to close the life expectancy gap of people living with mental illness

Date
Fri 1 Jun 2018

An international consensus statement has been released by Exercise and Sports Science Australia, the American College of Sports Medicine, British Association of Sport and Exercise Science, and Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand calling for systemic action on increased access to appropriate exercise programs for people with mental illness, receiving treatment.

The statement talks about the following avenues to achieve change:

  • changing the culture in psychiatric settings
  • improving infrastructure such as access to exercise physiologists and facilities in treatement settings 
  • partnerships between government and non government organisations to address the issue
  • training for both mental health and exercise practitioners 
  • integration of exercise practitioners accross multi-disciplinary mental health treating teams 

In Brisbane north, the Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds program, initiated by North Brisbane Partners in Recovery, and the PCYC, is one way in which we are working together to address this issue in our region. 

For more information about the consensus statement click here

For more information about Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds click here