Project GROW

 

On Friday 13th August 2021 the Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, launched the National Roadmap for Improving the Health of People with Intellectual Disability.

The Roadmap sets out a comprehensive plan to improve the health outcomes of people with intellectual disability in Australia over the next 10 years, and aims to address serious health inequities faced by people with intellectual disability. It outlines how we can create a health system where people with intellectual disability are valued, respected and have access to high quality, timely and comprehensive health care.

Priority actions under the Roadmap to:

  • promote the uptake of annual health assessments for people with disability, using best practice assessment tools;
  • improve tertiary education curricula for health professionals so they are better equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to provide high quality care to people with intellectual disability;
  • scope a model for a new National Centre of Excellence in Intellectual Disability Health that provides national leadership on the health care of people with intellectual disability, and can be a central hub of expertise and resources for all health and disability service providers across the country.

The key objectives of the National Roadmap are to:

  • improve support for people with intellectual disability, their families and carers
  • develop better models of care for people with intellectual disability
  • support health professionals to deliver quality care for people with intellectual disability
  • improve the oral health of people with intellectual disability
  • improve monitoring of the health of people with intellectual disability, and
  • ensure that the needs of people with intellectual disability are considered and met in emergency plans and responses.

These initiatives build on the Primary Care Enhancement Program (PCEP) that is being implemented. CESPHN is one of four PHNs selected to lead the development of the PCEP over four years with a view to a national rollout.

The Council for Intellectual Disability, who have been critical to the development of this plan, and the PHNs, are developing materials and supports for general practices to help them better engage with and care for people with intellectual disability.

 

CESPHN’s Primary Care Enhancement Program (PCEP) 
Project GROW aims to strengthen the pivotal role of primary health professionals to meet the complex needs of people with intellectual disability. 

Click here to download the GROW Flyer 

 

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How can I get involved?

The GROW project team are eager to work with primary care providers to identify and address the challenges faced when engaging with this priority population.

For more information please email: IntellectualDisability@cesphn.com.au