15 March 2022
The Executive Director of Mindgardens Neuroscience Network, A/Prof Jackie Curtis, is included in a new book that describes the contribution of female leaders in mental health reform in NSW.
A/Prof Curtis’s advocacy and influence on the physical health care of people who experience mental ill health is the focus of her profile in Hope, strength and determination: Celebrating 50 years of women activists and reformers in mental health in NSW, 1970 – 2020, which is published by the NSW Mental Health Commission.
The profile features A/Prof Curtis’ work over two decades, including:
- The Bondi Early Psychosis Program
- The Positive Cardiometabolic Health Algorithm, which has been adapted and adopted in seven countries as: Don’t Just Screen, Intervene
- The Keeping the Body in Mind service, which embeds lifestyle interventions into first episode psychosis services
- The Healthy Active Lives (HeAL) declaration, an international consensus statement on improving the physical health of young people with psychosis.
A/Prof Curtis said she had been influenced in her choice of career by the experience of a family member with schizophrenia who died prematurely.
“People who live with severe mental illness are some of the most vulnerable in our community and we have an obligation as a society to ensure they can live as well as possible,” she said. “It has been exceptionally rewarding to see the work that I and my colleagues are doing in physical health care adopted across Australia and internationally, and I am honoured to be recognised in this way by the NSW Mental Health Commission.”