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 into 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. 

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

Recorded sessions now available in our video library:

Register now for upcoming webinars:


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