Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN)

Intellectual Disability Mental Health e-Learning

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Project Main Description

Purpose: The e-Learning site 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. The site is also useful for students and other professionals who want to learn more about intellectual disability and mental health.

Users have access to the first nine modules for health practitioners, covering these topics:

  • Introduction to Intellectual Disability
  • Living with Intellectual Disability
  • Changing Perspectives of Intellectual Disability
  • Mental Disorders in Intellectual Disability
  • Communication: the basics
  • Improving your communication
  • Assessment of Mental Disorders in Intellectual Disability
  • Management of Mental Disorders in Intellectual Disability
  • Legal and Ethical Practice


Modules specifically designed for disability workers are now available. The first six were released in June 2016, with other modules being released throughout the year. The modules will cover these topics:

  • Why is it Important to know about Mental Health in Intellectual Disability?
  • Introduction to Mental Health
  • Mental Health in Intellectual Disabilities
  • A Person-Centred Approach to Supporting Mental Health and Well-being
  • Recognising Common Mental Illness
  • How to Support a Person with a Possible Mental Illness
  • Supporting Behaviours of Concern
  • Inter-agency Working with Health Professionals
  • Interventions, Medications and Support in Treatment
  • Acute Mental Health Conditions
  • Supporting Carers, Colleagues and Self-care


How the site was developed: This site is the result of a collaboration between the Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry, the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (Ageing, Disability and Home Care), and the NSW Ministry of Health. As the idea for the site developed, many others became involved too.

The idea for this resource grew out of a series of local workshops run by 3DN. Many mental health staff attended the workshops, and many more were unable to attend. The resources required to run these workshops meant that a more sustainable format was called for. So the idea was born to create an online version of the workshops, making the material accessible across Australia, to anyone at any time.

The content of the site was developed by a team of medical, mental and allied health professionals. The team has clinical, administrative and research experience and represents the health, welfare and disability sectors. People with an intellectual disability also had a role in developing content for the site, as you will see when you progress through the modules.

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