Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN)

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3DN Research & Projects

3DN has a diverse research program which spans clinical neurosciences, data linkage, policy analysis, service evaluation, ageing and dementia in ID and the criminal justice system. We also lead the ID and Dementia work undertaken in collaboration with the Dementia Collaborative Research Centres (DCRC), and the Inflammation, cardiovascular and metabolic risk factor work undertaken within the Centre for Health Brain Ageing (CHeBA).

Please click here to see 3DN's current research and projects.


Accessible Mental Health Services for People with an Intellectual Disability: A Guide for Providers

The Guide is a national framework of understanding and action for frontline mental health service providers with respect to people with an intellectual disability. It provides an overview of intellectual disability mental health, why accessible services are important, the principles that should guide service delivery, practical strategies for inclusive and accessible services, and the implications for the service system. The Guide was developed in consultation with key national stakeholders, and was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

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

The intended audience for The Guide includes all mental health professionals and organisations which treat people with an intellectual disability and co-occurring mental disorders including those who work within:

  • Primary Health Care Settings;
  • Public Mental Health Services;
  • Private Mental Health Services; and
  • Specialised Intellectual Disability Mental Health Professionals and Services.
Other professionals and service settings are also integral to the broad support system for the mental health and wellbeing of people with an intellectual disability including disability, education, general health and other human service organisations. These service providers as well as family and carers may also find The Guide beneficial.
Please click here to download The Guide.



The e-Learning site is an interactive education resource for everyone with an interest in intellectual disability mental health. This site is the result of a collaboration between the Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry, the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (Ageing, Disability and Home Care), and the NSW Ministry of Health.

The idea for this resource grew out of a series of local workshops run by 3DN and the content was developed by a team of medical, mental and allied health professionals. The team has clinical, administrative and research experience and represents the health, welfare and disability sectors. People with an intellectual disability also had a role in developing content for the site, as you will see when you progress through the modules.

Please click here for more information.

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