Development and implementation of an integrated service for provision of exercise interventions for people with mental health issues.

Exercise can improve physical and mental health and wellbeing in people with mental illnesses; however, low availability of exercise programs tailored to this group hinders access.

This presentation will describe the development of an exercise and lifestyle program for people with mental health issues that has evolved into an integrated service model, to the benefit of over 600 participants since 2015. 

Dr. Justin Chapman

Postdoctoral Research Officer at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Dr Chapman completed his doctorate in measuring and positively influencing the physical activity patterns of adults with mental illness in 2016.  
His work spans research, mental health service and community sectors: He leads a multi-centre randomised controlled trial of interventions to promote physical activity in adults with mental illness, a health service improvement initiative to improve the focus on health and wellbeing of consumers, and implementation of state-wide healthy lifestyle intervention programs for youth and adults recovering from mental illness across Queensland.

He has 22 research publications since 2015 (13 as first author) including two health service reports and one conference proceedings paper summarising his implementation projects and has attracted $1.6M in research and implementation funding from government, philanthropic, and hospital-based schemes.

In acknowledgment of this program of work, he received the 2018 Mental Health Week Achievement Individual Award for improving the quality of life of Queenslanders with mental illness, and the 2020 Australian Rotary Health award for Mental Health Impact.

Symposium 2022