Chris Maylea is a social worker, lawyer, an Associate Professor of law at La Trobe University and a member of the Equally Well Implementation Team. He has practice experience in mental health services as a social worker and manager and is Deputy Chair of the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council. Associate Professor Maylea’s work sits at the intersections of health, welfare and the law, and is underpinned by human rights and social justice.
Associate Professor Maylea previously managed and evaluated mainstream Aboriginal and child and family community mental health services, rehabilitation units and assertive outreach and support services in regional areas.
Title: What do we mean when we talk about physical health?: Preliminary findings from an Equally Well-Healthtalk collaborative project
Authors: Chloe Green, Chris Maylea, Nicholas Hill, Kate Johnston-Ataata, and Rory Randall
This paper will report back on preliminary results from an Equally Well – Healthtalk collaborative project being conducted by RMIT University and Charles Sturt University, and will discuss how our findings might expand the remit of Equally Well in regards to the range and breadth of physical health challenges faced by our study participants. The “Physical Wellbeing and Mental Health” research project aims to provide narrative, qualitative data to inform the mortality gap facing persons living with mental health concerns. This presentation will ask by what metrics should we be measuring the mortality gap, and how certain experiences fail to register in Equally Well’s current priorities. By elaborating on several case studies, it argues for an expansion of these priorities, and a broader conception of physical health outside the common targets of cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.