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HEALTH—SCHIZOPHRENIA AWARENESS WEEK

Senator Wright, also on behalf of Senator Di Natale, amended general business notice of motion no. 757 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) 14 May to 20 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 a higher risk of experiencing physical illness;

 (b) recognises that:

  (i) diabetes occurs in approximately 15 per cent of people with schizophrenia, a rate three times higher than in the general population, and


  (ii) after 5 years, 28 per cent of people with respiratory disease or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder who also have schizophrenia have died, compared with 15 per cent of people with no serious mental health problems; and

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

Question put and passed.