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Physical Health Ignored in People with Mental Illness

19 Jan 2017

Thursday 19 January 2017

An article published today on The Conversation highlights the reality of how the health system fails to adequately connect physical and mental health . . . .


Australians with serious mental illness are living on average for 10-32 years less than the rest of the population, mainly due to preventable and treatable diseases like diabetes. No wonder, these early, preventable deaths have been described as a scandal.

Clearly, people with mental health issues like depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are not benefiting from advances in the treatment and prevention of physical disease the rest of society enjoys.


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