Outpatient Clinic – Charles Perkins Centre

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Life expectancy of people with serious mental illness is 25-30 years shorter than the general population.

This discrepancy is largely due to the impact of a range of cardiometabolic risk factors.

Because having a mental illness is an independent risk factor for developing metabolic disorders,

NSW Health has recommended mental health patients have a physical health check-up
every six months in the community and every three months if hospitalised.

What is the ccCHiP cardiometabolic clinic?

  • It is a multidisciplinary clinic that includes Psychiatry, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Dentistry, Dietetics, Exercise Physiology and Nursing.
  • The service has been providing an outpatient clinic that cares for the needs of the mentally ill in the community; specifically within the Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) catchment since May 2014.
  • Outpatient clinics are held weekly at Charles Perkins Centre.
  • The clinics run on Wednesday afternoons from 1.30pm-4.30pm.

Who should I refer?

  • Consumers under the care of community mental health centres in the SLHD.
  • Community mental health clients from other LHDs with relevant risk profiles.
  • People in the wider community with serious mental illness.

How does it work?

  • At the clinic we check blood pressure, blood sugar, waist circumference, height and weight. Blood results are also reviewed and a short history taken from the patient. We will then suggest a treatment plan for any identified cardiometabolic issues.
  • Considerable psycho-education, around diet and exercise, will also be provided and a number of regular group based activities are progressively being implemented.

What are the relevant cardiometabolic issues?

  • Elevated lipids or blood sugar levels
  • High blood pressure
  • Deranged thyroid levels
  • Diagnosed diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidaemia, cardiovascular disease or thyroid disease
  • Obesity
  • Strong family history of cardiometabolic disease

How do I refer?

Please download the following PDF form and send it via email or fax.

For further information, please see below the contact details of Nick Brisbane, ccCHiP Liaison Officer:

Tel: (02) 9767 6027 and (0) 476 827 077
Fax: (02) 9767 7107
Email: referrals@ccchip.clinic

Download the Referral Form
Download the Referral Guide