Investigators: Ms Joanne Atkins, Prof Nick Glozier, Prof Ian Hickie (CI), A/Prof Sharon Naismith, Dr Matthew Paradise.

The aims of this project were to determine which single or combined cardiovascular risk factors predict psychological distress/depression, and to determine the major associations of physical health and psychological distress with measures of disability among participants in the 45 and Up Study of working age (<65 years). It also hoped to provide understanding of key factors predicting disability and quality of life in the NSW population.

Outcomes resulting from this research:

Paradise MB, Glozier NS, Naismith SL, Davenport TA, Hickie, IB. Subjective memory complaints, vascular risk factors and psychological distress in the middle-aged: a cross-sectional study. BMC Psychiatry 2011 July 1;11:108. doi:10.1186/1471-244X-11-108

Paradise MB, Naismith SL, Davenport TA, Hickie IB, Glozier NS. The impact of gender on early ill-health retirement in people with heart disease and depression. Aust N Z J Psychiatry 2012;46(3):249–56. doi: 10.1177/0004867411427807