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What is the Framework?
The Intellectual Disability Mental Health Core Competency Framework: A Manual for Mental Health Professionals describes the specific skills and attributes required by mental health professionals for the provision of quality services to people with an intellectual disability. It outlines the necessary approaches to clinical practice when working with people with an intellectual disability and identifies the core competencies that mental health professionals require to work in this area. The Framework also includes a self-assessment tool to help professionals determine their current skill set and guides readers to resources that support professional development in intellectual disability mental health.
The Framework was developed in consultation with key stakeholders, and was funded by Mental Health-Children and Young People, NSW Ministry of Health.
Who is the Framework for?
The Framework has been developed for mainstream mental health professionals. It is beneficial to professionals who provide mental health services within hospitals, government and non-government community services, and private practices. The framework is also useful for people who work in service management, service development, education of mental health professionals and quality improvement.
Aims of the Framework
How to use the Framework
The Hon. Pru Goward is NSW Minister for Mental Health.
In this film, the Hon. Pru Goward discusses why the health system needs to be equipped to provide services to people with an ID. She highlights the NSW government’s commitment to improving outcomes for people with an ID and explains how the Framework will contribute to improved mental health services. The presentation finishes with a call to action.
Professor Julian Trollor is the Chair of Intellectual Disability Mental Health at UNSW Australia and Head of the Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN), UNSW Medicine.
In this film, Professor Julian Trollor discusses mental ill health in people with an ID, including risk factors, rates of access to services and barriers faced. He introduces the Framework and its place within a wider research and workforce development strategy.
Ms Arahni Sont is a Carer to her son Shai, Carer representative at Carers NSW and Member of the NDIA National Mental Health Sector Reference Group.
In this film, Ms Arahni Sont describes some of the positive and negative experiences her and Shai, have had with mental health services. This film also includes Twelve Goals, a short documentary by Steve McGrath starring Shai de Vletter-Sont. Twelve Goals, which is about living with autism, was entered into the Focus on Ability Short Film Festival in 2014.
Mr Jim Simpson is a Senior Advocate at NSW Council for Intellectual Disability.
In this film, Mr Jim Simpson discusses current issues in service provision for people with ID and identifies the policies that are driving the way forward. He further highlights why mental health services should include people with an ID and discusses the future of disability support.
Mr David Coyne has recently finished his role as Director of Clinical Innovation and Governance at Ageing Disability and Home Care in the NSW Department Family and Community Services.
In this film, Mr David Coyne describes the disability services programs led by ADHC, how far ID services have come in the past 10 years and the successful MoU between ADHC and the NSW Health department. He finishes by identifying the challenges ahead.
Associate Professor David Dossetor is Director of Mental Health at Sydney Children's Hospital Network, Clinical Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the Children’s Hospital Westmead, a Child Psychiatrist with a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability, and Team Leader of the Developmental Psychiatry Team at the Children’s Hospital Westmead.
In this film, Associate Professor David Dossetor explains some differences in the psychiatric disorders experienced by the children and young people in the general population compared to children and young people with an ID or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). He further describes treatment evidence and how to work with children and young people with an ID, their parents, carers, families and schools.
Ms Selina Thomas is a Clinical Co-ordinator and Senior Clinician at St George Mental Health Service in South East Sydney. Ms Billie Dong a Senior Occupational Therapist at St George Mental Health Service in South East Sydney.
In this video Ms Selina Thompson and Ms Billie Dong discuss how mainstream mental health professionals and mental health services can implement the Framework.
Accessing the Framework
The Intellectual Disability Mental Health Core Competency Framework can be accessed here. Prior to downloading the Framework, the link will redirect users to complete some brief questions that provide 3DN with vital feedback on who is downloading the Framework, how and where it is used. This will help 3DN to distribute future documents to as wide a network of mental health professionals as possible.
If you are a clinician, manager, supervisor or educator, we invite you to participate in an additional 10 minute survey with follow-up questions sent at 3 and 12 months post download. This survey will evaluate the effectiveness of the Framework in improving the skills, knowledge, confidence and attitudes of mental health professionals in treating people with an intellectual disability, and measure the extent to which the Framework addresses workforce training needs. Results will be used to improve future versions of the Framework and inform the development and dissemination of additional training and resources to enhance workforce capacity in intellectual disability mental health.
Please note: any identifiable information that is collected about you in connection with the brief questions or survey will remain confidential, and will be stored separately from your responses. Any personal details will only be used by the UNSW Australia Project officer to send out follow-up surveys or future resources if requested; they will not be made available to other parties such as NSW Health. When the survey data is being analysed, the researcher will not see any of your personal details. Only group results will be reported in such a way that you cannot be identified.
For further information, contact 3DN directly via IDMHcompetencies@unsw.edu.au or phone (02) 9931 9160.
Click here to download the Framework (you will be asked to fill out some brief questions first)