Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN)

Health & Mental Health Professionals

While people with an intellectual disability experience higher rates of mental health disorders than the general population, they also experience considerable barriers to receiving quality health care. One such barrier is a lack of workforce capacity in mainstream mental health services. Mental health professionals report a lack of confidence and knowledge when working with people with an intellectual disability. In Australia, there is a lack of training in this area during undergraduate/postgraduate education, and limited opportunities for professional development once mental health professionals are qualified. Steps are needed to increase workforce capacity in this area through education and training. 3DN has developed a range of resources for mental health professionals including a core competency framework and online modules to help them develop the necessary knowledge and skills to provide quality health care to people with an intellectual disability.

 

Resources

Intellectual Disability Mental Health Core Competency Framework: A Manual for Mental Health Professionals

The Framework aims:

To describe the core attributes required of the mental health workforce to deliver quality services to people with an intellectual disability.

To inform readers of reasonable adjustments to clinical practice that should be made when working with people with an intellectual disability.

 

Intellectual Disability Mental Health Core Competency Framework: A Practical Toolkit for Mental Health Professionals

Designed as a companion document to the IDMH Core Competency Framework Manual, the Toolkit has been developed to provide applied guidance as to how mental health professionals in mainstream services can develop the core competencies outlined in the Framework Manual.

 

 

The Guide

The Guide aims to assist health services in providing equitable access, a skilled workforce and appropriate treatment to people with an intellectual disability and a mental disorder.

 

 

 

Positive Cardiometabolic Health for People with Intellectual Disability

The early intervention framework aims to support health professionals to screen for cardiometabolic risk factors in people with an intellectual disability and provide targeted intervention strategies. The suite of resources also educates professionals, and empowers people with an intellectual disability and carers to ask their doctors to monitor cardiometabolic health.

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The modules aim to equip the mental health workforce in responding to the needs of people with intellectual disability and mental illness.
 

2018 National Roundtable Communique

The 2018 National Roundtable on the Mental Health of People with Intellectual Disability was hosted at UNSW Sydney in March 2018 and brought together 130 clinicians, academics and sector representatives to workshop recommendations to improve mental health services and outcomes for this population. Sector leads at a national and state level were successfully engaged to raise awareness of the mental health needs of people with intellectual disability, to generate a set of clear and actionable recommendations for the sector, and to act as a catalyst for ongoing improvement in mental health services. The series of practical recommendations developed for eight key elements of an effective mental health care system are being summarised in a Communiqué to enable participants to influence their sphere for improvement of mental health supports and outcomes for people with ID.

 

 

 

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