Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN)

Research & Projects

Status: Current
People with motor neurone disease (MND) have complex care needs and require multidisciplinary support from a range of generic and specialist health services. Few studies have investigated health service use of people with MND, and none to date have had a specific focus on mental health service use. This is a significant gap given that 15% of people with MND will develop frontotemporal dementia,...
Status: Current
The Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry has been successful in obtaining a NSW Health Innovation Grant to develop an app that can be used to support mental health assessment of people with intellectual disability and significant communication difficulties. The tool is to be used collaboratively between the person with intellectual disability, their carers and their mental...
Status: Current
Younger people living in residential aged care (RAC) typically have high clinical needs and experience activity limitations as a result of disability. It is well acknowledged that inappropriate placement in RAC (often due to a lack of other options) contributes to a number of significant issues for younger people in RACs, including social isolation, lack of appropriate recreational activities,...
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...
Status: Current
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...
Status: Current
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...
Status: Current
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...
Status: Current
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...

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