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Physiotherapy must be included in multidisciplinary approach to mental health

The Australian Government’s National Mental Health and Wellbeing Plan, released to support and safeguard the mental health of Australians during and beyond COVID-19, is a much needed additional resource in our national health response.

Australians living with mental health conditions are twice as likely to develop diabetes, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases which can result in a reduced lifespan of as much as 30 years1.

APA National President Phil Calvert says, “Given the significant comorbidities often associated with poor mental health, it makes sense that a multidisciplinary health team is utilised to support Australians living with these conditions.”

“The role of physiotherapy is often understated in the context of treating a person’s mental health, but it is as important as other health provider roles in identifying underlying health issues and providing appropriate care and support. Poor mental health is a culmination of many different factors, but small steps can create a huge impetus for motivation, engagement and ultimately improved health.”

“It has been widely documented that we are seeing increased rates of mental ill-health as a result of COVID-19 due to the economic impacts of unemployment and social isolation. For those people living with the additional burden of poor physical health, the role of physiotherapy to help manage, treat, educate and motivate is invaluable.”

“Physiotherapy is by its very nature a caring profession. Physical contact and one-on-one interaction is so important to build rapport, establish trust and provide the right environment to allow the patient to be open to the care they are seeking and the results they want to achieve. The individualised treatment, exercise advice and education that a physio provides a patient who is suffering from mental and physical ill health is so important.”

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