Intellectual Disability

Over 400,000 people in Australia have intellectual disability.

Including their families, two million Australians are impacted.

Compared with the general population, people with intellectual disability experience:

  • Over twice the rate of avoidable deaths.
  • Twice the rate of emergency department and hospital admissions
  • Hospital admissions costing twice as much.
  • Higher rates of physical and mental health conditions.
  • Lower rates of preventative healthcare.

Submission Disability Royal Commission

 pdfClick here (275 KB) to read the latest submission from Central and Eastern Sydney PHN to the Royal commision into violence, abuse, neglect  and exploitation of people with disability – Issues paper health care for people with cognitive disability.  

Central and Eastern Sydney PHN Success - New Funding - Primary Care Enhancement Program for people with intellectual disability 

GPs and other health professionals in four regions will receive greater support to enable them to provide more effective care to people with intellectual disability

The PHNs funded to roll out the Primary Care Enhancement Program for people with intellectual disability are Central and Eastern Sydney PHN, Western Victoria PHN, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN, and Tasmania PHN. The funding will give people with intellectual disability better access to appropriate, quality health services that meet their needs

 Central and Eastern Sydney PHN is delighted to be one of the four PHNs to receive this funding and it provides a wonderful opportunity.

The Council for Intellectual Disability will be a key partner with the Government as the Primary Care Enhancement Program is developed and rolled out.

For more information please read Minister Hunts announcement here.

Advice sheets for GPs

  • A series of high quality advice sheets for health practitioners and health services have been developed to enable a tailored approach to health service provision in relation to COVID-19 prevention, screening and management for people with intellectual or developmental disorders, these have been recently released by the Department of Health.

A range of easy read information regarding COVID-19 for families carers and workers

Two new Specialist Intellectual Disability Health Teams in the CESPHN region 

Specialist Intellectual Disability Health Team Workshop Webinars

The Specialist Intellectual Disability Health teams of SLHD and SESLHD, in partnership with Central and Eastern Sydney PHN, have developed a series of  workshops with the aim to increase awareness of how to better care for people with intellectual disability in general and allied health practice.

Recorded sessions now available in our video library:

Education and Training for Health Professionals


Below is a list of resources to assist health providers to support, and improve the experience of health care for People with Intellectual Disability