Consensus statement on the role of accredited exercise physiologists within the treatment of mental disorders: a guide for mental health professionals

Lederman, Oscar, Grainger, Kristine, Stanton, Robert, Douglas, Angela, Gould, Kirrily, Perram, Amy, Baldeo, Rishi, Fokas, Theodora, Naumann, Fiona, Semaan, Amanda, Hewavasam, Jude, Pontin, Louise, and Rosenbaum, Simon (2016) Consensus statement on the role of accredited exercise physiologists within the treatment of mental disorders: a guide for mental health professionals. Australasian Psychiatry, 24 (4). pp. 347-351.

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Abstract

Objective: The aim is to identify the role and scope of Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) services in the mental health sector and to provide insight as to how AEPs can contribute to the multidisciplinary mental health team.

Methods: A modified Delphi approach was utilised. Thirteen AEPs with experience in mental health contributed to the iterative development of a national consensus statement. Six mental health professionals with expertise in psychiatry, mental health nursing, general practice and mental health research participated in the review process. Reviewers were provided with a template to systematically provide feedback on the language, content, structure and relevance to their professional group.

Results: This consensus statement outlines how AEPs can contribute to the multidisciplinary mental health team, the aims and scope of AEP-led interventions in mental health services and examples of such interventions, the range of physical and mental health outcomes possible through AEP-led interventions and common referral pathways to community AEP services.

Outcome: AEPs can play a key role in the treatment of individuals experiencing mental illness. The diversity of AEP interventions allows for a holistic approach to care, enhancing both physical and mental health outcomes.

Item ID: 62164
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1665
Keywords: accredited exercise physiologist, AEP, consensus statement, exercise, mental health
Copyright Information: © The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2016.
Funders: Society for Mental Health Research
Projects and Grants: Early Career Fellowship
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2020 19:03
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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