Mental Health and the Role of Accredited Exercise Physiologists
HELPING YOU STAY ACTIVE AND SAFE DURING COVID-19
WE ARE NOW OFFERING TELEHEALTH EXERCISE ADVICE -
We are faced with very troubling times and one of the first things we forget is that exercise is vitally important to maintain our physical and mental health. As the many nation’s face shut downs and self isolation is mandatory – we want to remind everyone that our accredited exercise professionals can help.
HOW WE CAN HELP:
We have the technology to work with you or your loved ones via the internet.
Physical Activity is Vital:
Exercise can boost our immunity and keep our most vulnerable citizens healthy.
We are university trained and work within strict regulations to make sure you receive the best support possible.
THE FACTS & FIGURES OF MENTAL HEALTH
Mental illness continues to embody a large economic and social burden in today’s society, with a rise in prevalence in mental health illnesses such as depression, anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The significance of mental health concerns in Australia is alarming, with approximately one million adults suffering from depression or a depressive episode, and a further two million with anxiety (1).
Further, it is not uncommon to see these illnesses paired in conjunction with each other, representing a concerning and ever growing challenge to the Allied Health industry. Mental illness presents a significant barrier for facilitating any type of change, and must be considered when formulating a treatment plan. GPs, alongside Psychologists and Psychiatrists, form part of a multidisciplinary care team aimed at improving the long-term mental health and well being of patients.
WHY SHOULD EXERCISE BE USED IN MENTAL HEALTH SETTINGS?
There have been large bodies of evidence demonstrating the positive effect that exercise and physical activity can have on mental health, and has been shown to effectively manage, reduce, or in some cases eliminate certain mental health disorders. Further, the commencement of a regular and habitual exercise routine can prevent the onset of certain disorders. Rapidly emerging evidence is gaining the favour of healthcare practitioners worldwide, as it is seemingly becoming an important treatment option alongside traditional pharmaceutical methods. Exercise, as a treatment has been shown to have a substantial impact on the brain and the associated benefits, including overall happiness and well being, as well as confidence and improved self-esteem
IF SOMEONE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS WANTS TO COMMENCE EXERCISE, WHERE SHOULD THEY BEGIN?
However, much like physical illness and disability, treatment should always be provided by a University qualified, Allied Health Professional. This makes Accredited Exercise Physiologists pivotal in the multidisciplinary treatment environment. Working alongside GPs and Psychologists/Psychiatrists, Accredited Exercise Physiologists can tailor a plan suited to the client’s needs, ability and motivation level. No two clients are the same, and an Accredited Exercise Physiologist can tailor a plan specifically designed with a client centred approach, and address any psychosocial barriers that the client may address towards exercise participation.
Contact us today about how to get a referral from your GP. With Telehealth during this crisis all of your referrals and consultations can be done over the phone or computer. All referrals are BULK billed at no cost to you.
Telehealth is the use of digital information and communication technologies, such as computers and mobile devices, to access health care and exercise services remotely and manage your health. It provides you with the ability to still receive specialist health care without the need to travel.
The benefits of telehealth include:
- - Telehealth is easy to use;
- - Improved patient access to health care;
- - Your progress can be managed remotely by any provider;
- - Reduced travel and inconvenience for - patients, families, carers and health professionals; and
- - Providing health professionals with access to peer support and education.
How do I organise telehealth at home?
Firstly, have a chat with your GP or talk directly to us. Generally, the important things that you will need at home include:
- - A computer or mobile device,
- - An integrated or external microphone,
- - An integrated or external camera,
- strong reliable internet connection.