Professor Maggie Watson

Professor Maggie Watson

Is distress the sixth vital sign of life and wellbeing?

The psychological impacts of chronic disease can seriously effect a person’s basic functioning and escalate impacts of the disease itself.

When people are diagnosed with cancer, diabetes, heart or other diseases, distress screening is not usually part of the care package – despite psycho-social care being known to improve survival outcomes and quality of life.

Professor Maggie Watson is one of the world’s leading experts in psycho-oncology and has dedicated her career to addressing the serious consequences of distress on long-term survival and quality of life for people diagnosed with cancer.

Maggie will propose that there is no health without mental health, and distress be treated as the 6th vital sign – after temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and pain. This special address to the Health Media Club coincides with the International Psycho-Oncology Society 2012 World Congress in Brisbane.

What: There’s no health without mental wellbeing
Who:  Practising psychologist and author Professor Maggie Watson
When:  Thursday, November 8 from 12.30-2.30pm
Where:  Premier’s Hall, Parliamentary Annexe, Alice Street, Brisbane
Cost:  $85 per ticket

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For further details please contact Kimberley Mather.
Ph: (07) 3506 0999 | E: kimberleym@diabetesqld.org.au