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1 activate: mind & body

2 Joint initiative between Queensland Health and General Practice Queensland Improving the physical and oral health outcomes for people living with severe mental illness Statewide consultation phase occurred from July to December 2008 Development phase commenced in April 2009 Project officially launched during Mental Health Week 2010

3 Six Key Messages Quit Smoking Eat Healthy Drink Sensibly Get Active Oral Health Visit a GP

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5 Which population? More likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease More likely to suffer from diabetes Very poor oral health - more cavities, more decay More likely to smoke High alcohol consumption Poor nutrition Limited access to services Australian Homeless

6 Which population? Life expectancy is years less than the general population due to natural causes 1.5 times more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease More likely to die from cancer 3.5 times more likely to suffer from diabetes Twice the number of dental caries More likely to smoke and smoke heavily Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Source:

7 Which population? Life expectancy is years less than the general population due to natural causes 3.5 times more likely to suffer from liver disease 2.5 times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease More likely to die from cancer At least twice as often overweight or obese More likely to develop type two diabetes More likely to smoke and smoke heavily Very poor oral health - more cavities, more decay Severe Mental Illness

8 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing One in five Australians had experienced a mental illness in the last 12 months – 14.4% Anxiety disorders (panic disorders, agoraphobia, social phobias, GAD, OCD, PTSD) – 6.2% Affective disorders (depression, dysthymia, bipolar affective disorder) – 5.1% Substance use disorders (alcohol and other drugs). 45 % of Australians experience mental disorder at some point in their lifetime. Under-estimate for a number of reasons – Household survey – Common mental disorders – Relatively low response rate

9 They found that suicide was not the main cause of mortality, but the seventh-highest (1) Cancer (2) Stroke (3) Heart attack (4) Other circulatory disease (7) Suicide

10 Physical illness and mental illness: the facts Very high rates of smoking and therefore much higher rates of respiratory disease Higher rates of injury particularly being inflicted by others Heart Disease caused twice the number of excess deaths than suicide Yet lower rates of revascularization Lower rates of hospitalization Higher rates of surgical complications

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12 The iHealth Care+ Directory (the Directory) provides a comprehensive overview of health provider and service details in Queensland. Currently 93% of GPs in Queensland have consented and are listed on the Directory with a further 2000 allied health and specialists also listed. The Directory is maintained by GPQ in association with the Queensland divisions of general practice and Medicare Locals Phone

13 Further Information Karin Barron Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local Ph: (07) Kelly Moscatt Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local Ph: (07)


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