CEPA Webinar: Muscling Up on Mental Illness

Presented by: Dr. Simon Rosenbaum

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CEPA Webinar: Muscling Up on Mental Illness

Presented by: Dr. Simon Rosenbaum

There are increasing opportunities for exercise physiologists within the mental health sector given the dual role of exercise in improving symptoms and reducing overall cardiometabolic risk. Sedentary behavior and low levels of physical activity contribute to premature mortality and poor physical health outcomes within this population. The Muscling up on Mental Illness webinar aims to highlight the need, increasing opportunities and expanding evidence base regarding the role of clinical exercise interventions in as an integrated component of the standard mental health treatment team. The latest evidence regarding exercise assessments, intervention delivery and program design will be presented, as will the considerations, potential contraindications to exercise prescription and strategies on maximizing adherence. 

Dr Rosenbaum, BSc (Health and Exercise) hons (UNSW), PhD (USyd) is a Lecturer in the Exercise Physiology Program, School of Medical Sciences, University of New South Wales. He was awarded a PhD in 2014 from the University of Sydney and is an Honorary Fellow at the Black Dog Institute and the George Institute for Global Health. He is a National Director of Exercise and Sports Science Australia and is among the most experienced exercise physiologists dedicated to mental health in Australia. Simon has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications across the areas of psychiatry, physical rehabilitation, public health and clinical science and collaborates closely with international experts including researchers from Europe and the United Kingdom. Simon was recently one of 13 people Australia wide to be awarded a Society of Mental Health Research Early Career Fellowship as result of funds raised through the ABC’s ‘Mental As’ campaign (2015), which is funding a trial investigating the impact of resistance training on young people with first episode psychosis.  

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Learning Objectives

  • Appreciate the need and opportunities for clinical exercise services in the treatment of a range of mental health disorders including major depressive disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder. 
  • Understand the dual role exercise interventions can play in improving both mental and physical health outcomes.
  • Understand the most recent evidence regarding the impact of exercise on mental disorders and opportunities and implications for future translational research.
  • Recognize appropriate evidence-based exercise assessments, components of intervention delivery, program design and examples of referral pathways, including special considerations and potential contraindications to exercise prescription in this population.

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CEPA Webinar: Muscling Up on Mental Illness