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, & 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.

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ID Code: 93360
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: AEP, exercise, mental health, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Consensus statement
DOI: 10.1177/1039856216632400
ISSN: 1039-8562
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600) > Exercise Physiology (110602)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Deposited On: 03 Mar 2016 01:39
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2016 05:47

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