Pathways to preventive care for people with severe mental illness
People with severe mental illness (PWSMI) have poorer physical health and a shorter life expectancy than the general population. There is a need to improve their access to GPs to improve their physical health outcomes.
The project used qualitative methods to explore the experiences and perspectives of PWSMI and what helped them to have a positive relationship with a GP. We then facilitated a workshop with PWSMI, service providers and others to identify strategies to improve access. Participants identified navigation support, GP capacity building, and coordinated care as priorities for action.
Seed funding year: 2019
Project team: Dr. Catherine Spooner, Dr. Peri O'Shea, Prof. Karen Fisher, Prof. Mark Harris, A/Prof. Ben Harris-Roxas, Conjoint A/Prof. Patrick Bolton, Ms Jane Taggart
This seeding grant contributed to successful funding applications:
Mindgardens funding to trial an online interactive care plan shared between the consumer, SESLHD mental health service clozapine clinic, GPs and other care team members. Find out more
NSW Health funding (Translational Research Grants Scheme) for a trial of an online interactive care plan shared between the consumer, SLHD mental health services, GPs and other care team members. Find out more
Mental Health Commission of NSW funding for mental health literacy training and education for the primary health workforce. Find out more
UNSW funding for a Scientia scholarship on Improving the physical health of people with severe mental illness. Find out more
The study also contributed to our supervision of a Master of Health Data Science to conduct a secondary analysis of MedicineInsight (National Prescribing Service) data to provide a profile of people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder in general practices in Australia. This is currently being written up for publication.