Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN)


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People with intellectual disability are at increased likelihood of experiencing mental illness but are less likely to receive treatment than people without intellectual disability. In many cases disability professionals play a significant role in providing support and are instrumental in helping to overcome the barriers people with intellectual disability face, and in assisting access to mental health supports. 

In 2016 The Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN) launched a new e-Learning resource for disability professionals in ID mental health. The e-Learning is designed to equip professionals in the disability sector with the confidence, skills and knowledge needed to respond to the mental health needs of people with intellectual disability.

The e-learning was developed following a consultation with various professionals across the disability sector about the roles disability professionals do and their specific learning needs. The resource will help to develop necessary skills such as detecting symptoms of mental illness, knowing where to seek support, and how to assist with assessments and treatment.

There are currently 12 e-Learning modules available for disability professionals, with further modules planned to be released throughout 2018. The modules include:

IDMH Introduction
Module 1: Why is it Important to Know about Mental Health?
Module 2: An Introduction to Mental Illness
Module 3: Mental Illness in Intellectual Disabilities

IDMH Practical Skills
Module 4: A Person-Centres Approach
Module 5: Recognising Common Mental Illnesses
Module 6: How to Support a Person with a Possible Mental Illness and Intellectual Disability
Module 7: Supporting Behaviours of Concern

IDMH Advanced Topics
Module 8: Enhancing Interagency Working with Health Professionals
Module 9: Treatments and Supports for Mental Illness
Module 10: How to Support a Person in a Mental Health Crisis
Module 11: Supporting Carers, Colleagues and Self-Care

Specific Disorders in IDMH
Module 12: Supporting Mental Health in People with Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder

The free e-learning resource can be accessed by a quick registration at  

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More information about the IDMH e-Learning project can be found on the project page

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