There are increasing opportunities for AEPs within the mental health sector given the dual role of exercise in improving symptoms and reducing overall cardiometabolic risk. Sedentary behaviour and low levels of physical activity contribute to premature mortality and poor physical health outcomes within this population. The Muscling up on mental illness: an emerging role for AEPs webinar aims to highlight the need and growing opportunities for AEP services within mental health while presenting the most recent evidence regarding the impact of exercise on mental disorders. The latest evidence regarding exercise assessments, intervention delivery, program design and referral pathways will be presented, as will the considerations, potential contraindications to exercise prescription and strategies on maximising adherence.
The recording is of a webinar presented by ESSA on 10 November 2015.
Dr Simon Rosenbaum is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales. Simon was awarded a PhD in the area of mental illness in 2014 (USYD), and conducted the first clinical trial of exercise in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. Simon currently works on a variety of projects including a multi-disciplinary intervention aiming to improve the physical health of people with serious mental illness (The Keeping the Body in Mind program, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District), and has worked within various mental health settings including private and public hospitals, community facilities and general practice. Simon has presented both nationally and internationally on the role of exercise in the treatment of mental illness and is a National Director of Exercise & Sports Science Australia. Simon has published over 40 peer-reviewed publications across the areas of psychiatry, physical rehabilitation, public health and clinical science and collaborates closely with international experts including researchers from Europe and the United Kingdom.
Oscar Lederman is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist at the Bondi Community Mental Health centre (Prince of Wales Hospital, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District) and Masters Candidate at the University of New South Wales. Oscar coordinates and supervises the Exercise Physiology program at Eastern Suburbs Mental Health (incorporating inpatient units and community services), which includes both clinical and consultancy roles. Oscar also previously worked in the private sector providing individualised exercise physiology interventions. Oscar has tutored at the University of New South Wales and presented his research internationally including at the International Early Psychosis conference in Tokyo. Oscar is currently leading a national team of AEPs to develop a consensus statement which aims to define the role and scope of AEPs working in mental health settings and is also involved in a working group aimed at improving AEP student placements.
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