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HealthRight Project Overview 2009

Healthway Healthy Lifestyle Report

HealthRight provide community and health services committed to improving the physical health of people with mental illness.

  1. Background
  2. Purpose
  3. Goals

Background

In 2001 a report entitled Duty to Care highlighted some alarming statistics on the physical health of people with mental illness.
From this report, research showed that people with mental illness in Western Australia are:

  • 2.5 times more likely to die from a physical illness than the general population
  • 43 per cent of WA people with a diagnosable mental illness smoke, compared with 24 per cent of those who do not have a mental illness
  • more likely to experience nutritional deficiencies, obesity and diabetes
  • more likely to engage in high risk behaviour such as smoking, alcohol or drug abuse
  • less likely to engage in health-promoting activities such as good diet and exercise

As a result, HealthRight was formed and recommendations were made.

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Purpose

The HealthRight Project 2006-2009 was developed to address the health inequities for people with mental illness in Western Australia, via multilevel strategies to engage them in visiting their General Practitioner (GP) and address lifestyle risk factors.

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Key areas of focus

A number of key areas exist within the HealthRight project:

  • Putting physical health on the agenda
  • Quality and standards of service provision
  • Integrated and collaborative care
  • Promoting the role of general practice
  • Raising the consumer and carer voice
  • Tertiary education and training
  • Targeted health promotion and illness prevention
  • Research, monitoring and evaluation

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