Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN)

Research & Projects

Status: Current
The Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry, UNSW Sydney has recently been successful in obtaining funding which will allow us to create a web-based user interface to assist Local Health Districts and Networks to understand and respond to the mental health and health needs of people with an intellectual disability in their area. This interactive web-based tool will use the results...
Status: Current
People with an intellectual disability can experience communication difficulties, and these difficulties have been identified as a barrier to accessing and participating in health care. Accessible health-related information is important for supporting the best health outcomes for people with an intellectual disability. The provision of ‘Easy Read’ or ‘Easy English’ information is advocated as an...
Status: Current
People with schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders are more likely to experience additional health problems and are more likely to die at a younger age than people without mental health problems. Most of the causes of early death in people with psychotic disorders are preventable, including cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes. This study will use linked data from a...
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Chronic use of alcohol and other drugs is one of the greatest risk factors for repeated self-harm and suicide. Very few studies have specifically focussed on preventing repeated presentation to acute health services and admission for self-harm specifically for people with drug and alcohol comorbidity. To best design such interventions a better understanding of the specific predictors of repeated...
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People with dementia experience high rates of mental and physical health problems. It is important that the health system is prepared to meet their needs. Most research has focused on the health of people with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia. Less is known about the health status and health service use of people with less common types of dementia, including frontotemporal...
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Adults with intellectual disability experience high rates of potentially preventable lifestyle related illnesses; yet remain poorly engaged in healthy lifestyle interventions. We aim to improve the quality of physical activity and nutrition related care available to adults with intellectual disability. To do this we will: Identify and analyse the impact of previous healthy lifestyle...
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Psychiatrists have a key role within the mental health workforce to deliver quality mental health care to people with intellectual and developmental disability and co-occurring mental ill health. However, Australian psychiatrists both at a trainee and consultant level have reported that they have received insufficient education in this area, and lack confidence to provide quality care for this...
Status: Current
3DN has recently received funding to initiate a scoping study for a State-Wide Tertiary Intellectual Disability Mental Health Service in New South Wales. This project aims to determine and reach consensus on the key priorities and resource requirements of a state-wide tertiary intellectual disability mental health service. Our specific objectives are to: Consult with NSW Health Mental Health...
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Status: Current
Researchers at the UNSW and the Autism CRC are seeking volunteer research participants to learn about life in adulthood for people with autism/Asperger’s syndrome.   We are looking for both autistic AND non-autistic adults who are 25 years or older, as well as carers / close family members of autistic adults, to take part in a questionnaire study. Click here to register to participate.    ...
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3DN has assisted several trainee psychiatrists in obtaining an in depth 1 year training experience in intellectual disability and mental health. These Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis by the NSW Institute of Psychiatry, and the majority have been funded by Aging Disability and Home Care NSW Government Department of Family and Community Services. Meet the past and current trainees...

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