Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN)

News & Events

Image - AADDM Conference 2017
Thursday, May 04, 2017
A smorgasbord of Genetics, Neurodevelopment, Psychiatry and challenging behaviours for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities Venue: Main Lecture Theatre, Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital   On Thursday 4th May. 2017, there will be a half day pre-conference AADDM planning day and AGM followed by conference dinner.
Image - RANZCP 2017 Congress
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Speaking our minds. Telling our stories. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is delighted to announce the RANZCP 2017 Congress, to be held in Adelaide from 30 April – 4 May 2017, at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Planning is currently underway for an exciting and comprehensive scientific program that will feature a full range of topics spanning the breadth of contemporary psychiatric practice and research.
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Professor Julian Trollor, UNSW Chair of Intellectual Disability Mental Health, was the keynote speaker at the NSW CID Parliamentary Forum. It was held in the NSW Parliament House in Sydney on March 31, 2017. Professor Trollor presented findings of a recently released study on high levels of preventable deaths for people with intellectual disability.
Friday, February 10, 2017
A recent study using data from the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health program found significant differences in the consultations, problems identified, and their management for people with an intellectual disability compared to the general population. This study found an under management of health conditions common for people with an intellectual disability, also that administrative rather than medically related actions dominated their clinical treatments.
Image - Urgent need for cause of death reporting system for Australians with intellectual disability
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
A total of 732 Australian adults with an intellectual disability died in NSW over six years, many from causes or conditions that could have been avoided with more appropriate health care and monitoring. That is the conclusion of the largest study ever conducted in Australia of the cause of death for adults with an intellectual disability (ID). The study, conducted by researchers at UNSW, found potentially avoidable deaths at over twice the rate of the general population.
Image - 3DN’s new BMJ Open publication reveals multiple markers of premature death for Australian Adults with Intellectual Disability
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
A new 3DN publication reveals that adults with an intellectual disability (ID) experience premature mortality and over-representation of potentially avoidable deaths.
Monday, February 06, 2017
PhD Scholarship: Intellectual Disability, Mental Health and Offending Project NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health
Image - New e-Learning module on intellectual disability mental health now available!
Thursday, January 12, 2017
The new module aims to enhance the working relationship between disability professionals and other professionals involved in a person’s supports. It covers topics such as ‘what is interagency working?’, ‘how do different agencies work together?’ and ‘how can professionals work together to enhance mental health support?’ The module is freely available now at
Monday, September 19, 2016
3DN have contributed two articles to a Dementia Awareness Month special issue published by the Australian Journal of Dementia Care. The first article, written by Rachael Birch and Julian Trollor, presents findings from our study into fragile X-associated tremor ataxia syndrome, one of the most common inherited causes of dementia and movement disorder in mid-life.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
We are proud to announce the launch of the 3DN Art Gallery. Professor Julian Trollor revealed the online gallery at the NSW CID annual conference in Sydney on Thursday 15 September 2016. The gallery presents the works of artists with an intellectual disability whose pieces are featured in 3DN’s resources.


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