Skip to 0 minutes and 0 seconds RUSSELL ROBERTS: No matter what sort of professional you are, you can make a role within your remit to improve physical health. In Equally Well Australia, we have a collective impact approach, which is, you do what you can, where you can, when you can.
Skip to 0 minutes and 15 seconds SAM MANGER: We know with very good evidence now the impact on our physical health, not just preventing illness, but actually treating and reversing some of our most common chronic diseases like diabetes, like heart disease and a range of others. In the last 10 years, we’ve seen a real flourishing of the interventional research in mental health disorders showing how effective it is in depression and anxiety, and improving cognition in a raft of other severe mental illnesses. And these flow-on effects then go on to people’s social well-being as well. [SOLEMN MUSIC]
Skip to 0 minutes and 53 seconds TETYANA ROCKS: Hello, everyone. It’s my pleasure to welcome you to our course, Lifestyle Medicine for Mental Health Services– Life and Mind. I’m Dr. Tetyana Rocks, senior research fellow and accredited dietitian. I lead the Food and Mood Academy at Deakin University. I will be your lead educator in the course and facilitate your learning over the next three weeks as we explore principles and foundations of lifestyle medicine. Your other lead educator is Dr. Sam Manger, a general practitioner and lifestyle medicine lead at James Cook University. In week 1 of the course, we will set the scene by discussing the development of lifestyle medicine as a field of research and practise and as foundational part of care.
Skip to 1 minute and 44 seconds We will also review current recommendations from professional bodies. We will start building the knowledge in lifestyle medicine by discussing some key pillars such as assessment, diet and body movement, social and nature connections, sleep, and mind and body practises. We will hear from experts in the field. Dr. Sam Manger will introduce the lifestyle medicine to us. And Professor Russell Roberts will talk about lifestyle medicine as a essential part of care for people living with serious mental illness. In week 2, we explore principles of behaviour change, talk about communication skills, educational strategies, and importance of motivation. We’ll discuss health settings optimisation and study the impact of psychotropic medications on physical health.
Skip to 2 minutes and 39 seconds Our experts will share their knowledge with you through series of presentations and case studies. Sharon Curtain will discuss and demonstrate communication skills. Professor Alison Yung will talk about medication actions and their potential impact on physical health and what to do about it. In week 3, we will talk about programme implementation, models of care, collaboration, co-design, and research. Professor Jackie Curtis will discuss keeping body and mind programme. Dr. Scott Teasedale, a dietitian, will talk about diet and nutrition and their role in mental health care. Associate Professor Simon Rosenbaum will discuss co-design and involvement of consumers and peers.
Skip to 3 minutes and 28 seconds Matt Waugh, a mental health nurse, will talk about his work in running lifestyle-based programme in a very challenging setting of a mental health ward. Dr. Elizabeth Loudon, a New Zealand GP, will discuss lifestyle medicine in primary care. And finally, Professor Adrienne O’Neil will share her expertise in lifestyle medicine-based research. Throughout the course, we will be referring to papers and scientific sources that provide additional evidence for your learning. We will also share links and downloadable resources which will support your practise. I’m here to assist with your learning, to answer your questions, and to discuss lifestyle medicine with you to cement the deep understanding and appreciation of this subject and its application in practise. Welcome, enjoy, and good luck.