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Motion: Schizophrenia Awareness Week

Penny Wright 10 May 2012

We move:

That the Senate
(a) notes that:
(i) the 14th to 20th May 2012 is Schizophrenia Awareness Week, and
(ii) people with severe mental illness can, on average, die up to 25 years earlier than the rest of the community and are at higher risk of experiencing physical illness ;

(b) recognises that:
(i) diabetes occurs in about 15% of people with schizophrenia, three times higher than the general population, and
(ii) after five years, 28% of people with respiratory disease or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder who also have schizophrenia have died, compared with 15% of people with no serious mental health problems;

(c) calls on the Government to:
(i) show leadership in making the physical health issues of people with mental illness a priority across the national health system.

Penny Wright
Senator for South Australia

Richard Di Natale
Senator for Victoria

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