Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN)

Renewal of Medical School ID Curriculum: Building capacity to better prepare medical graduates to meet the complex health care needs of people with an intellectual disability

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Project Main Description
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 of disease and illness and poorer health outcomes when compared to the general population.
 
This project is the phase one of a five phase project which that aims to develop and implement a national tertiary educational framework in the area of IDH and IDMH.
 
 
Aims
  • determine and quantify how medical schools are currently preparing medical graduates to meet the health care needs of people with an ID,
  • describe both the barriers and facilitators for inclusion of IDH and IDMH curriculum content faced by medical schools,
  • compile IDH and IDMH curriculum resources, and
  • identify and engage ID leaders (champions) from medical schools across Australia
 
 
Publications from this project
 
  • Trollor JN; Ruffell B; Tracy J; Torr JJ; Durvasula S; Iacono T; Eagleson C; Lennox N, 2016, 'Intellectual disability health content within medical curriculum: An audit of what our future doctors are taught', BMC Medical Education, vol. 16, doi: 10.1186/s12909-016-0625-1
  • Trollor JN; Eagleson C; Turner B; Tracy J; Torr JJ; Durvasula S; Iacono T; Cvejic RC; Lennox N, 2018, 'Intellectual disability content within tertiary medical curriculum: How is it taught and by whom?', BMC Medical Education, vol. 18, doi: 10.1186/s12909-018-1286-z
 
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