Referrals and key contacts

Specialist Intellectual Disability Health Teams

There are two teams located within the CESPHN region: 

  1. SES SIDHT (South East Sydney Specialist Intellectual Disability Health Team) which is located at St George Hospital
  2. STrIDeS (Specialist Team for Intellectual Disability Sydney) which is located at Croydon Community Health Centre

Evidence shows that people with an intellectual disability have a higher prevalence of physical and mental conditions, higher levels of morbidity and have lower life expectancies than the rest of the population.

Background In 2010-11 the NSW Government funded the initial establishment of three pilot specialised intellectual disability health teams and the ACI Intellectual Disability Health Network. One of the pilot teams was the South Eastern Sydney’s Metro Regional Intellectual Disability (MRID) Team.

In 2018-19 the NSW government announced recurrent funding for three additional Specialised Intellectual Disability Health Teams in NSW as well as funding to continue and further refine and test the service model and approach to capacity building. With this funding, STrIDeS was established.

Aims and Service Offerings

The Specialist Teams aim to better address the health needs of people with an intellectual disability across their lifespan and improve their access to services. The team will:

  • Offer a time limited clinical service to children, teens and adults with an intellectual disability who have complex health conditions and a current unresolved health issue that can’t be addressed through usual care providers and pathways.
  • Conduct an assessment, develop a health care plan, coordinate referrals to specialists and support the person’s treating paediatrician or GP to implement and monitor the health care plan.
  • Provide capacity building services for mainstream health staff providing care to people with an intellectual disability.

Collaboration with mainstream clinicians and GPs is key.

For further information or would like to make a referral please contact:

Intellectual Disability Mental Health Hubs 

There are two statewide IDMH Hubs:

These Hubs have been established to support Local Health Districts and Specialty Health Networks in offering tailored, evidence-based care to people with intellectual disability and complex mental health problems across NSW.

Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) 

Intellectual Disability Network

Working to improve the experience and delivery of health care for people with intellectual disability of every age by providing clinical leadership, research and education. 

Please click here for further information.

Transition Care Network

Working to improve the experience and delivery of healthcare for young people with chronic health problems and disabilities as they transition from paediatric to adult health services.

Please click here for further information.

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Child Development Unit

The Child Development Unit provides comprehensive multidisciplinary care to children with complex developmental problems.

Please click here for further information.

Child development services (Tumbatin Developmental Services) Sydney Childrens Hospital, Randwick

The clinic provides an assessment and diagnosis for children with suspected delays or disorders in development. The clinic also provides counselling, advice, information and support for families and children who have a developmental delay/disorder.
Tumbatin Developmental Services Clinic works within a multidisciplinary team framework and includes paediatricians, social workers and clinical psychologists.

Please click here for further information.

The Child Health Information Link (CHIL)

The Child Health Information Link (CHIL) connects parents, and professionals with child and family health services information and resources on child health and development in the Sydney Local Health District.

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Department of Education 

Specialist Allied Health and Behaviour Support Provider Scheme

The scheme supports schools that may need to engage specialist allied health services to ensure learning adjustments are appropriate and effective for students.

Please click here for further information.

Early Childhood Approach

The Early Childhood Approach (ECA) is designed to help children develop skills and achieve their best possible outcomes throughout their lifetime. ECA services are available to all children 0-6 years with or without a developmental delay or disability.

Please click here for further information.

Disability SPOT

Disability SPOT is a group of passionate Speech Pathologists, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists that are dedicated to presenting best practice seminars and building networks for those working to support people with disabilities.

Please click here for further information.