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Thursday, 16 May 2013
Page: 2741


Senator WRIGHT (South Australia) (12:26): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) 12 May to 18 May 2013 is Schizophrenia Awareness Week,

(ii) people affected by serious mental illness face critical challenges to achieving and maintaining the same physical health as other people in the community,

(iii) such people are more vulnerable to coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke and respiratory disease than those without serious mental illness, and

(iv) their life expectancy is up to 25 years less than that of the general population; and

(b) calls on all governments in Australia to address the poor physical health status of people with serious mental illness as a priority.

Question agreed to.