Integrating care for physical and mental health


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Translation of preventive care guidelines into community mental health service delivery: perspectives of organisational leaders, mental health clinicians and healthy choices coaches

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What is the issue?

Despite guidelines and policies directing mental health services to routinely provide preventive care to their clients for chronic disease risk factors such as physical activity and smoking, current provision is sub-optimal.

How will the project address the issue?

This research with mental health service managers, clinicians and healthy choices coaches will explore their perspectives of and recommendations to adapt interventions to build service capacity to provide preventive care to people with a mental health condition. It will explore acceptability, barriers/facilitators and perceived usefulness of an intervention which include clinician training and leader support.

What are the expected outcomes?

By informing assessment of the need for, and development of, adaptations to the intervention the findings will enhance the impact of our research, contributing to better outcomes for clients.

What is the relevance for policy and practice?

The findings from this research project will enable future projects to scale up this approach across other services by detailing perspectives of acceptability and usefulness as well as the challenges faced and recommended solutions.


This project is funded by the NHMRC, Australian Government Department of Health, ACT Health, Cancer Council Australia, NSW Ministry of Health, Wellbeing SA, Tasmanian Department of Health, and VicHealth.