Keeping the Body in MindMental Health

Addi Moves: Exercise for People from Refugee and Asylum Seeking Backgrounds

Project Lead
Associate Professor Simon Rosenbaum

Associate Professor Simon Rosenbaum

Associate Professor Simon Rosenbaum

Simon Rosenbaum is an academic exercise physiologist and Scientia Associate Professor in the Discipline of Psychiatry and Mental Health, UNSW Sydney.

Simon’s research focuses on physical activity, trauma and mental illness, including physical health co-morbidities. He has published more than 230 peer-reviewed publications including a textbook and a Lancet Commission. He is the President of the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, co-chair of the Olympic Refuge Foundation Think Tank on sport and humanitarian settings, and an Associate Editor of the journal, Mental Health and Physical Activity.

Simon has led international research and capacity building projects, including working in the Rohingya refugee crises in Bangladesh, and has consulted to the United Nations Migration Agency in North-east Nigeria. Since 2019, he has been recognised by the Clarivate Highly Cited list for mental health.

People who are most likely to benefit from small increases in physical activity are often the least likely to have access to health promotion programs. Social disadvantage, mental illness and chronic disease can be barriers to people accessing safe, fun and appropriate exercise facilities.

Addi Moves is an inclusive exercise facility tailored to the needs of people from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds.

About the project

In partnership with Mindgardens and Addison Road Community Organisation, UNSW Sydney established a free, mental health informed exercise facility at Addison Road Community Centre, Marrickville. The facility supports people already utilising services such as the food pantry at Addison Road, including people from a refugee and asylum-seeking background, to engage in meaningful physical activity.

Modelled on the Keeping the Body in Mind program for people living with severe mental ill health, Addi Moves is a exercise service co-facilitated by exercise physiologists and people from similar backgrounds as their clients, to ensure cultural as well as physical safety.

To learn more about the background and ethos of Addi Moves, watch this video with Associate Professor Simon Rosenbaum.

Funding Sources

  • Mental Health Commission of NSW
  • NSW Ministry of Health

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