Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN)

Equipping Future Psychiatrists to Meet the Mental Health Needs of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disability

Project Main Description

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 group. To address these concerns there have been consistent calls for advanced, subspecialty training in intellectual and developmental disability for psychiatrists. The first steps in this process are to determine the current workforce capacity of psychiatrists in this field, and potential to train future psychiatrists in the area.

Our specific aims are to:

  1. Map the current workforce capacity in the area of intellectual and developmental disability mental health (IDDMH).
  2. Map the potential for training new psychiatrists with a subspecialty in IDDMH.
  3. Develop, in collaboration with the Section of Psychiatry of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (SPIDD) of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), a proposed curriculum for IDDMH subspecialty training in psychiatry.
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