'Mental Illness' is a general term relating to those illnesses that affect the mind and mental health refers to the wellbeing of an individual's state of mind. Mental health disorders interfere with emotions, thought processes, behaviour and perception. The most common and disabling mental health problems
include depression, anxiety, psychosis and eating disorders. These illnesses can be treated or may come and go throughout life or for some become a life-long struggle. The School of Medicine's Mental Health team aim to facilitate research and development in the field of mental health disorders, diagnosis,
treatment and prevention, to help reduce burden and improve the quality of life of consumers and their carers.
The Mental Health team actively participate and conduct research in mental health, and in the process develop international linkages and partnerships with industry and communities. Current and future research projects give priority to those with a Greater Western Sydney (GWS) focus, and projects that
encompass issues such as obesity, eating and weight disorders, migrant health and substance use disorders.
Medical students learn how to identify areas of burden by analysing symptoms and signs, and propose treatments and prevention programs for sufferers. Also, students gain an appreciation of the multidisciplinary approach that links sufferers with care providers and support networks to help them
during their disorder and post-disorder.
The Mental Health Team
The Mental Health team comprises of:
Various members of the team actively participate in research, teaching, awareness programs, clinical practice, and undertake training to further enhance their skills in the field.