Following the official launch, at Congress this year, the inaugural RANZCP Foundation Committee was established and has driven a number of key developments including: developing our vision and mission; adopting a new five-year fundraising strategy to ensure our sustainability and growth; and identified the thematic focus areas for next phase of our work.
Here’s a snapshot of one of our researchers.
Dr Katherine Moss (centre)
Physical activity for patients with mental illness in a forensic setting
The project is well underway, with the early data collected from participants indicating high body mass indices, as well as a high percentage of obesity coupled with low rates of activity levels for some patients.
The preliminary findings from interviews suggests that 80% of patients would attend a psychical activity intervention, but that barriers such as their current physical health, access to facilities, motivations, sedations and emotional stress limited their capacity to participate in these activities. Yet, 95% of participants did believe that exercise was important, and most (70%) would give up leisure time to exercise.
The importance of this translational research is best summed up by the voices of the participants:
“All the endorphins affect your mental health...you sleep better if you exercise...function better...it gives you a feeling of wellbeing... works out your emotions”
“…as far as my mental health goes I can’t put it into words…I just feel so much saner when I exercise…I’m more positive and smile more”.
Visit the Foundation Research highlights page to find out more about other research projects supported by the Foundation.
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