Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN)

Research & Projects

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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...
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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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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 adults who are 25 years or older, who have a diagnosis of Autism spectrum disorder/Asperger’s syndrome and/or their main carers to take part in a questionnaire study.     What does it involve?   If you decide to...
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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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People with an ID experience reduced life expectancy and an excessive morbidity burden compared to other Australians. Poor cardiometabolic health is one key area of inequality, including high rates of obesity, diabetes and hypertension. Factors that may make some people with ID more vulnerable to cardiometabolic ill-heath than the general population include: excessive psychotropic prescription...
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Our Partnership Team has developed a research plan which will improve access to, and quality of mental health services for people with ID. Using a linked NSW Ministry of Health and Ageing, Disability & Home Care dataset, we will integrate the data from our Partners to develop a comprehensive profile of mental ill health and service use in people with ID. Interrogation of these data will...
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The Guide has been developed to provide 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...
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Historically, public services for people with an intellectual disability (ID) were delivered through institutional models of care. However, from the 1960s, in response to the disability rights movement, which advocated for deinstitutionalisation and normalisation for people with a disability the landscape of service provision started to evolve. While the transition from institutional to community...

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