Health systems have failed to meet the needs of people with schizophrenia, such that they die on average up to 19 years younger than the broader population, and this gap is widening.

Premature mortality is the result of suicide, physical illnesses, (like diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia) which often go undiagnosed and un-treated, physical inactivity, cigarette smoking, side effects of anti-psychotic medication, poor diet, and alcohol consumption.

Recent research shows that people living with psychosis in Australia experience higher rates of heart disease, asthma, diabetes, hepatitis, epilepsy, arthritis, kidney disease, migraine and stroke.

They also smoke at three times the rate of the general population.

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