About Quality of Life

The Schizophrenia Fellowship of New South Wales recently developed best practice guidelines for the treatment of schizophrenia in conjunction with the NSW Centre for Mental Health, entitled "The Schizophrenias: Guidelines for a holistic approach to clinical practice". During this process, quality of life issues were identified as an important contributing factor to the recovery process.

With the financial support of Eli Lilly, this section of the web site is dedicated to these issues. Topics such as legal and human rights, homelessness and accommodation, consumer empowerment, family and partnerships, rural health, children of parents with a mental illness, sex and gender issues, late life schizophrenia and employment and vocational rehabilitation are addressed, taking into account the many situations that people living with a mental illness are faced with.

While the original guidelines were developed specifically for schizophrenia, the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW works with all people living with a mental illness. This section is therefore reflective of all mental illnesses.

We encourage you to familiarise yourself with the information contained in this section, whether you have a mental illness, you care for someone with a mental illness or you are a health professional.

To ensure the information presented here is in line with current research and best practice, this section will be updated regularly, so make sure you bookmark this page and return often. If you would like to be alerted to updates automatically, join our free mailing list. We also encourage you to email us with your views on the 'quality of life' content, whether you are a consumer, carer or mental health professional. The Guidelines were developed using a collaborative approach and we would like to ensure that any updates to this section are also carried out in a collaborative manner, so your views are very important to us.

This section on 'quality of life' proudly sponsored by: