Two Statewide Intellectual Disability Mental Health Hubs have been established to help people with intellectual or developmental disability access appropriate mental health care. They are funded by NSW Health.
The Hubs were created due to evidence that people with intellectual disability and mental health conditions experience a lower quality of life, hurles in accessing appropriate services and higher raters of inpatient care to manage their conditions.
The Statewide Intellectual Disability Mental Health Outreach Service (SIDMHOS) is:
Find out how to access the Statewide Intellectual Disability Mental Health Outreach Service.
The Sydney Children's Hospital Network Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Hub (SCHN MHID) is similar SIDMHOS and offers:
Find out how to access Sydney Children's Hospital Network Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Hub.
The Hub at Sydney Children's Hospital Network offers scholarships and other professional opportunities. Their Kids Webinar Series introduces a range of topics including sensory processing, positive parenting, emotion skills development and other topics.
The Statewide Intellectual Disability Mental Health Outreach Service Hub for adults has developed a series of education and training sessions using the Project ECHO platform to offer
Project ECHO is open to all registered health professionals in NSW.
Professor Julian Trollor has been the Chair in Intellectual Disability Mental Health at the University of NSW since 2009.
With the team at the Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN), Professor Trollor develops research, tools and resources to help mental health clinicians work with people with intellectual disability. Some of these resources include:
The resources are listed under the following categories: e-Learning, Podcasts and webinars, Printables, and Resources.
The Intellectual Disability and Mental Health Learning pathway has 15 modules available on
My Health Learning, covering assessment, treatment, recovery and managing challenging behaviour. NSW Health staff can access this resource by:
Project Echo comprises of a series of 10 focused IDMH sessions that blend a short education session with a grand rounds-style clinical presentation and review. It is hosted by Statewide Intellectual Disability Mental Health Outreach Service (SIDMHOS).
The Sydney Children's Hospital Network
Kids Webinar Series features informatoin on adapting mental health care for kids with intellectual and developmental disability.
Responsible Psychotropic Prescribing to People with an Intellectual Disability Podcasts aim to educate health professionals on safe and effective prescribing practices for the treatment of mental health disorders in people with an intellectual disability and are available
NSW Health has created 18 printable information sheets about mental health care in NSW available for people with low literacy, including information about introducing services, the Mental Health Act and making complaints.
ID Health Data Portal was developed by the Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN) to better understand the demographics and health service usage of people with Intellectual disability in their LHD.
Intellectual Disability Mental Health Core Competency Framework: A Manual for Mental Health Professionals
The Agency for Clinical Innovation
has a a number of resources related to the care of people with intellectual disability, including stories on different aspects of hospital care, admission to discharge planners and communication tools.
The Guide: Accessible Mental Health Services for People with an Intellectual Disability - A Guide for Providerswas developled in consultation with key national stakeholders and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. It includes:
The Black Dog Institute's
Health Minds tool is designed for people with mild to borderline intellectual disability to recognise and better regulate their thoughts and feelings.
My Signs is a device-based app to help families and carers record mood and behaviour of people with limited verbal communication to share with health professionals.