This professional development will examine the burden and cost of mental illness in Australia. It will discuss some myths and misconceptions about mental illness and frame recovery not as ‘what’s wrong with you’, rather, what happened to you’. We will look at the comorbidity of mental illness, not only as mental illnesses that co-occur, but with physical and other illnesses, and consider why this makes diagnosis and treatment challenging. This professional development will also discuss occupational risk for mental illness and how this opens potential opportunities for exercise professionals to screen and intervene. We will discuss some recent findings on exercise and mental health literacy that support the work we do and give evidence to the advocacy work done by ESSA, along with the findings of some recent studies on exercise and mental illness, and propose how to translate those findings to clinical practice. Finally, we will discuss Mental Health First Aid training and why this can be beneficial in and outside of the workplace setting to improve clinician/client communication.
The recording is of a webinar presented by ESSA on 5 March 2019.
Presented by Dr Robert Stanton BHMSc (Hons) PhD, AEP, AES, ESSAM
As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist for over 10 years, Dr Stanton developed an interest in the association between mental illness and poor physical health, using exercise as medicine to treat the comorbid presentation of anxiety and depressive disorders, and chronic illness and injury. In 2012, Dr Stanton returned to academia and received his PhD in 2015. In 2016 he was awarded the ESSA Medal for his thesis entitled; ‘Developing an understanding of the role of exercise in the inpatient mental health setting’.For the past 6 years, Dr Stanton’s research has focussed on the physical health of people with mental illness, the role of exercise in the treatment of people with mental illness, and translation of research to consensus and policy statements in mental health care. Dr Stanton co-authored the Exercise is Medicine fact sheet for Exercise and Depression, and the ESSA Consensus statement on the role of Accredited Exercise Physiologists within the treatment of mental disorders.
Dr Stanton is a Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Sports Sciences, and Research Cluster Leader for Muscular and Skeletal Health at Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland. Dr Stanton is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health at University of Canberra. He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed manuscripts, most of which are in the mental health space, and is a Chief Investigator on a National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant examining the role of a Physical Health Nurse Consultant role for people with psychosis in the ACT.
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