1h 15m
Karen-Ann Clarke
16 Nov 2017

Mental Health Disorders and Chronic Physical Illness

This Course examines why mental health disorders can be associated with both the onset and maintenance of chronic physical conditions.


Describe the reciprocal relationship between mental health disorders and chronic physical illness


List examples of chronic physical illness that are associated with mental health disorders


Identify how physical illness can be prevented or minimised in those individuals suffering from mental health disorders



01 Jul 2018
A worthwhile, practical and informative learning opportunity.
20 Jun 2018
19 Jun 2018
VLA is very informative and relevant to our practices as a nurse
29 May 2018
Brilliant learning activity. The course material was relevant, easy to follow & well presented. I would recommend this activity to all nurses
29 May 2018
Excellent presentation. Concise and precise.
29 May 2018
Excellent presentation
26 May 2018
Educator was clear and concise Informative and important topic
23 May 2018
Very Good
19 May 2018
good to know and review
10 May 2018
This educator is excellent. Very engaging, knowledgeable and really knows how to teach.
09 May 2018
08 May 2018
Excellent presenter and content was well explained and relevant
05 May 2018
Simple and powerful learning material
02 May 2018
well said
01 May 2018
29 Apr 2018
Was very detailed and in depth on the topic including lots of evidence and recent data on current populations
24 Apr 2018
The topic was very informative.
17 Apr 2018
17 Apr 2018
The educator was engaging and knowledgeable about the topic. I will surely recommend this education to other health professionals.
10 Apr 2018
28 Mar 2018
09 Mar 2018
excellent and very knowledgeable
05 Mar 2018
Well presented and informative.
19 Feb 2018
Excellent evidenced based presentation of the topic concerned
31 Jan 2018
Very informative information and relevant to the environment I work in Thanking you for this info it great to have a refresher in this area
23 Dec 2017
very informative and well presented presentation
02 Dec 2017
Very informative educator spoke well was very clear and kept me engaged and has help me gain a better insight in to mental illness

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • Co-morbidities of physical and mental health
  • The Mental State Assessment
  • Preventing poor health outcomes

Target audience

Health professionals caring for people with a mental health disorder and a chronic physical illness.


Enhance understanding of the reciprocal relationship between mental health disorders and chronic physical illness.


It is widely known that a person who has been diagnosed with a chronic disease is at a greater risk of developing a mental health disorder, such as depression or anxiety disorder. What is perhaps less well known is the reverse, that is, that mental health disorders can be associated with both the onset, and maintenance of a chronic physical condition. People who have been diagnosed with depression, for example, are at an increased risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and chronic broncholitis. A person with schizophrenia is at a greater risk of becoming obese and developing diabetes and osteoporosis. Health professionals must understand why this is the case and be alert to the increased likelihood of comorbid chronic physical disorders in people diagnosed with mental health disorders. This understanding is fundamental to providing holistic care when caring for those with both a mental health disorder and a physical illness.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.