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This learning package was developed as part of a Sydney ICTN-funded project by Ms Amanda Semaan and Dr Jacqueline Raymond, Work Integrated Learning, The University of Sydney. Should you wish to contact someone about this module, you can send an email to:


The following members of the project reference group are acknowledged for their significant contributions to the learning activities and overall learning package:


  • Christine Stephens, Liverpool Mental Health Service

  • Charlotte Mangombe, Liverpool Mental Health Service

  • Dr. Simon Rosenbaum, University of New South Wales

  • Kristine Grainger, Northern Sydney Local Health District

  • Georgia Frydman, Sydney Local Health District

  • Sophie Brown, Schizophrenia Fellowship

  • Laura Edwards, Wayside Chapel


We would also like to acknowledge the following people for their contributions to the learning package:

  • Oscar Lederman, South Eastern Local Health District

  • Kirrily Gould, St John of God


The following organisations gave kind permission to utilise their resources:

  • Mental Health Co-ordinating Council

  • SANE Australia

  • beyondblue

  • Sydney Local Health District

  • Schizophrenia Fellowship








All of the images on this site have been sources from 'Free Wix Images' or 'Free Wix Clip Art' , except where an individual reference is provided.


This learning package was developed as a way to facilitate Exercise Physiology student preparation for placement in the mental health sector.  The learning outcomes and learning activities contained within the package were developed following a needs analysis informed by focus groups. The learning package focuses on those things that students need to have in place to enter into a placement and be safe and effective, albeit at a novice level; we are not aiming to prepare experts in mental health.



Acknowledgement of funding source

This learning package was developed as part of project titled: Preparing clinical exercise physiology students for placements in the mental health sector. This project was funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health through the Sydney Interdisciplinary Clinical Training Network (Sydney ICTN) small grants program.



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