Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN)

Research & Projects

Status: Current
This project involves an analysis of the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) data set (January 2003-December 2012) to identify: the problems and disorders for which people with ID seek medical and mental health care in Australia, the way in which the problems and disorders are managed, the treatments offered, the characteristics of the general practitioners (GPs) who provide care...
Status: Current
This project involves a number of components aimed at determining the current capacity of the NSW mental health workforce in the area of intellectual disability mental health, and to define the core attributes that they require to deliver a quality mental health service that meets the needs of people with an intellectual disability and co-occurring mental ill health. The key components of this...
Status: Current
In Australia there is currently a paucity of educational opportunities for mental health professionals in the area of intellectual disability mental health. For example there is: very limited availability of specialised trainee positions for psychiatrists in ID, a lack of postgraduate and continuing professional development opportunities in this area for the five key professional groups,...
Status: Current
Australia’s higher education sector plays a key role in preparing registered nursing graduates to enter into the health workforce and meet the diverse healthcare needs of our population. However, most registered nursing students will graduate with little or no understanding of the specific health care needs of people with intellectual disability (ID), a population which experiences a...
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Australia’s higher education sector plays a key role in preparing medical graduates to enter into the health workforce and meet the diverse healthcare needs of our population. However, most medical students will graduate with little or no understanding of the specific health care needs of people with an intellectual disability (ID), a population which experiences a disproportionately high burden...
Status: Current
People with an intellectual disability (ID) experiencesignificantly lower rates of participation in preventative health initiatives, illness and disease detection, and treatment of mental health problems than the general population. One of the significant contributors to this inequitable access to health care is an ill-equipped medical workforce. We hypothesise that medical students and...
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Status: Current
Purpose: The e-Learning site www.idhealtheducation.edu.au was launched on 22 July 2013. The site is an interactive education resource for everyone with an interest in intellectual disability mental health. Registration is free and easy. Under the ‘Professionals’ section there are modules for health and disability practitioners, and modules designed specifically for carers under the ‘Carers’...
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Status: Current
Fragile X-associated tremor ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) is a recently identified neurodegenerative disorder affecting a proportion of older adults who carry a moderate expansion (also known as a ‘premutation’) of the Fragile X gene. Symptoms of FXTAS include problems with balance, coordination, memory and thinking skills. At present, the understanding of this syndrome, including why some people...
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People with intellectual disability (ID) are a minority group who experience very poor mental health status, major barriers in access to mental health services and treatments, and an impoverished service system characterised by poor cross-sector coordination and poor preparedness of staff to meet mental health support needs. An important first step in addressing such health inequities is to...

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