Kimberley Indigenous mental health: An examination of metabolic syndrome risk factors

Susanne Stanley, Jonathan Laugharne, Murray Chapman, Sivasankaran Balaratnasingam

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    Abstract

    © 2015 National Rural Health Alliance Inc.Objective: There is an increased risk of physical health comorbidities in people with a mental illness. This paper examines the metabolic syndrome parameters for the general population, indigenous Australians and people with a mental illness, and compares them to a sample of predominantly indigenous adults with mental health problems. Design: A longitudinal (24 month) audit of patient medical records was conducted between February 2011 and March 2013. Setting: The Kimberley Mental Health and Drug Service in Broome, Western Australia. Participants: Largely indigenous adults with a mental illness. Sample numbers increased from 56 at baseline (80% indigenous) to 136 at 18 months (70% indigenous). Main outcome measures: Waist circumference, blood pressure, fasting lipids, and fasting blood glucose. Results: Preliminary assessment of the data indicates a high percentage of abnormalities at baseline and at the 18 month period on all four parameters, yet not all patients were assessed on a regular basis. Conclusions: Abnormalities in metabolic profiles consistent with the non-Indigenous mental health population were found. There are considerable challenges to implementing regular monitoring of physical and metabolic profiles of indigenous people in rural and remote communities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)300-305
    JournalAustralian Journal of Rural Health
    Volume24
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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