Associate Professor Peter Kelly and Dr Laura Robinson
It is common for people accessing treatment for mental health or substance dependence to report high rates of smoking. Likewise, it is also common for people accessing these services to report physical inactivity, poor dietary habits, and high intake of alcohol and other substances of dependence. The combination of these multiple behavioural risk factors makes people much more susceptible to developing a range of lifestyle diseases, including heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Our group have been conducting a series of studies that have been focused on understanding these health behaviours and trialling interventions to help improve these behaviours across both mental health and substance dependence treatment settings.