The prevalence of intellectual disability ( or ID) in Australia is about 1 to 2% of the population and it is now recognized that not only do adults with an ID experience substantially higher rates of mental health problems than the rest of the population, but they also have difficulties in getting these needs met because of the range of barriers to people in accessing mental health services. These barriers are discussed in this podcast along with suggestions as to how professionals can approach looking after people with intellectual disability and mental health problems.
Dr Nick O’Connor
Clinical Lead, Mental Health Patient Safety Program, NSW Clinical Excellence Commission
Professor Julian Trollor
Chair, Intellectual Disability Mental Health and Head, Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN), School of Psychiatry, UNSW Medicine and Health, UNSW Sydney
President, Australian Association of Developmental Disability Medicine
Dr Catherine Franklin
Psychiatrist and Director of the Mater Intellectual Disability and Autism Service
Director of a University of Queensland Research Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability
Vice-President of the Australian Association for Developmental Disability Medicine
Dr Chad Bennett
Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director at the Victorian Dual Disability Service
Dr David Bathgate
Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at the Southern District Health Board Dunedin New Zealand
Project Administrator, Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN), School of Psychiatry, UNSW Medicine and Health, UNSW Sydney
Passionate Disability Advocate
Ms Claire Eagleson
Project Officer, Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN), School of Psychiatry, UNSW Medicine and Health, UNSW Sydney
Claire is a Project Officer at 3DN with a background in psychology. She manages various projects that aim to improve workforce and education capacity in intellectual disability mental health. One such project involved working with the RANZCP to examine workforce and future training capacity in this area. She is working with Tahli to support her in her role at 3DN, gaining valuable experience in using a co-design approach.
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