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Towards a healthier lifestyle for staff of a psychiatric hospital: description of a pilot programme


Cleary, M and Walter, G, Towards a healthier lifestyle for staff of a psychiatric hospital: description of a pilot programme, International journal of mental health nursing, 14, (1) pp. 32-6. ISSN 1445-8330 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2005 John Wiley and Sons

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1440-0979.2005.00352.x


Various lifestyle factors contribute to morbidity and mortality. Health promotion programs have the potential to increase awareness about, and possibly modify, some of these factors. In the workplace, these programs can be accessed by large groups of people. A healthy lifestyles programme was piloted for non-clinical staff in Central Sydney Area Mental Health Service, Australia. The aim of the programme was to provide non-clinical staff working in a mental health setting with education and information on a range of health conditions and topics. A needs analysis survey, along with formal and informal liaison and discussion, informed the programme's development and implementation. A total of 28 sessions were held; attendance ranged from 1 to 51 with a mean of 13.57 and a median of 12.5. Feedback regarding the programme has generally been positive. This pilot demonstrates that nurses, with their colleagues from other disciplines, are well positioned to deliver health promotion and education initiatives that may contribute to increasing awareness, and possibly modification, of lifestyle factors.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:mental health
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:108453
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-04-19
Last Modified:2016-08-08

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