Closing health gaps for people with mental illness

Press/Media: Expert Comment

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People with mental health concerns often have worse outcomes in physical health, but a change in the way care is funded and delivered in general practice could help. 

Subject

General Practice health policy

Period19 Apr 2019

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Media contributions

  • TitleClosing health gaps for people with mental illness
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletNews GP
    Media typeWeb
    CountryAustralia
    Date19/04/19
    DescriptionPeople with mental health concerns often have worse outcomes in physical health, but a change in the way care is funded and delivered in general practice could help.

    It is well-known that people with mental illness are also more likely to have problems with physical health – but many may still be surprised by the grim statistics.

    ‘If you are depressed, you are 30% more likely to get heart disease and 41% more likely to get diabetes,’ Associate Professor Dr Mark Morgan, Chair of the RACGP Expert Committee – Quality Care, said when speaking at the Equally Well Symposium earlier this year.

    ‘If you have heart disease or diabetes you are one and a half to two times more likely to be depressed.

    ‘If you have depression and one or both of these long-term medical conditions, you are more likely to die. One and a half times more likely with depression plus diabetes, and two to three times more likely for patient with heart disease and depression.

    ‘It is a bigger risk factor than continuing smoking.’
    Producer/AuthorAmanda Lyons, RACGP
    PersonsMark Morgan