About this site

Purpose

This site was designed to be an interactive education resource for everyone with an interest in intellectual disability mental health. The site has been divided into specific sections to cater to health professionals, disability professionals, consumers, and families/carers.

The site may also be useful for students and other professionals who want to learn more about intellectual disability and mental health.

How this site was developed

This site has been developed collaboratively, and was funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (Ageing, Disability and Home Care), the NSW Ministry of Health (Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Office), and the Health Education and Training Institute.

This e-learning grew out of a series of workshops run by 3DN. Many mental health staff attended the workshops, but many more were unable to attend. A more sustainable format was called for, and the idea was born to create an online version, making the material accessible across Australia, to anyone at any time.

The content of the modules was developed by a team of professionals with clinical, project and research experience and representing the health, welfare and disability sectors. People with an intellectual disability also had a role in developing content for the site, as you will see when you progress through the modules.

Overview

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How to use this site

We want you to use the site in the way that best works for you. As you progress through a module you'll notice opportunities to access resources and other websites, watch videos, complete activities, and reflect on and evaluate your learning and practice.

“Doing” is an essential part of learning – in fact you will get the most out of this site if you deliberately seek opportunities to apply the knowledge. There are many ways to do this. We provide suggestions, but you are the real expert when it comes to identifying how this knowledge can be used within your every day life.  Ultimately we want  to give you information to stimulate your interest and reflection, and to build on the knowledge, skills and experience you already have. We want you to guide yourself through the material according to your particular needs and interests.

These materials have been designed so that you’re supported to learn in the way that you would naturally, out in "the real world". Part of this process means that you decide how much or how little to engage with different information and activities, and you decide when you are ready to leave a certain subject, and when to return and seek more learning.

As you go through a module, we recommend that you consider

  • how each opportunity to go deeper in in the material might benefit you
  • how to experiment with and integrate what you have learnt in your workplace/life
  • returning to a module at a later date to see what else you can benefit from after your earlier learning has become integrated
  • using the internet to do your own research into questions that arise as you go
 

The choice is yours, and the site has been designed to allow you to make these decisions.

What if I have questions?

Each page of the module has a space for you to leave a comment and start a discussion with other users. This is one way to seek answers to questions that arise from the material. Other things you could do include:

  • raising it in clinical supervision
  • contacting ADHC or other agency
  • speaking with your local psychiatrist
  • discussing it with a colleague to seek clarification

What if I have feedback?

We want your feedback, because we want to make the site as good as it can be at meeting your learning needs!

There will be an opportunity to give feedback at the end of each module, and we hope that you take a few moments to send it through. Otherwise you can always email us.

Email 3DN

Acknowledgements - Health Professional Modules

Collaboration has been fundamental to the development of this site. 3DN gratefully acknowledges the contribution of:

  • Staff from the NSW Ministry of Health, including the Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Office
  • Current and former staff from Ageing, Disability and Home Care, NSW Department of Family and Community Services, including Annette Elias, Tanya Brunette, Tara Carthy, Alison Hart, Sue Day, Matt Frize, Monika Kaatze-McDonald, Lesley Whaston, Tracey Harkness, Carol Hannaford, Peter Goslett, Alison Chung, and David Coyne
  • Members and staff from The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
  • Staff from the NSW Institute of Psychiatry
  • Mr Michael Bartels, Ms Fiona McKenzie, and the late Kim Walker, New South Wales Council for Intellectual Disability
  • Melanie Oxenham, Public Guardian, Department of Justice and Attorney General
  • Professor Rhoshel Lenroot, School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales and Neuroscience Research Australia
 

Expert review of content was provided by:

  • Dr Sophie Kavanagh, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District , NSW Ministry of Health
  • Dr Nadir Hafiz, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District , NSW Ministry of Health
  • Dr Linda Mann, GP, Your Doctors
  • Dr Jane Tracy, Educational Director, Centre for Developmental Disability Health Victoria
  • Dr Jenny Torr, Senior Lecturer and Consultant Psychiatrist, Centre for Developmental Disability Health Victoria
  • Professor Gregory O'Brien, Senior Staff Specialist in Psychiatry, Mental Health Assessment and Outreach Team & Statewide Forensic Disability Service, Department of Communities, Queensland and Emeritus Professor, Northumbria University, UK
  • Kathryn McKenzie, Director, Systemic Reviews, NSW Ombudsman
  • Jim Simpson, Senior Disability Advocate, NSW Council for Intellectual Disability
  • Dr Adrian Keller, Clinical Director at NSW Justice Health
  • Professor Keith McVilly, Professor of Disability & Social Inclusion, The University of Melbourne, School of Social & Political Sciences
  • Michelle Henwood, Manager, Statewide Behaviour Intervention Service, Ageing, Disability and Home Care, NSW Department of Family and Community Services

What if I have questions?

Each page of the module has a space for you to leave a comment and start a discussion with other users. This is one way to seek answers to questions that arise from the material. Other things you could do include:

  • raising it in clinical supervision
  • contacting ADHC or other agency
  • speaking with your local psychiatrist
  • discussing it with a colleague to seek clarification

What if I have feedback?

We want your feedback, because we want to make the site as good as it can be at meeting your learning needs!

There will be an opportunity to give feedback at the end of each module, and we hope that you take a few moments to send it through. Otherwise you can always email us.

Email 3DN

Acknowledgements - Disability Professional Modules
 

3DN gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the working group:
 
  • Professor Andrew Cashin, Professor of Nursing, SCU Health Clinic and School of Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University
  • Gordon Duff, General Manager, Sector Development and Research, National Disability Services
  • Dr Louisa Smith, Intellectual Disability Behaviour Support Program, UNSW Australia
  • Professor Teresa Iacono, Professor of Rural and Regional Allied Health, La Trobe University
  • Michelle Henwood, Manager, Statewide Behaviour Intervention Service, Clinical Innovation and Governance, Ageing, Disability and Home Care, NSW Department of Family and Community Services
  • Carol Hannaford, Manager Business Support, Clinical Innovation and Governance, Department of Family and Community Services
 

With thanks to those who assisted with expert review:

  • Dr Adith Mohan, Research Fellow, Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing, UNSW Australia
  • Dr Keith Johnson, Neuropsychiatrist/Liaison Psychiatrist, Northern Intellectual Disability Health
  • Tara Carthy, Assistant Manager, Statewide Behaviour Intervention Service, Clinical Innovation and Governance, Ageing, Disability and Home Care, NSW Department of Family and Community Services

With special thanks to the disability professionals who participated in our phone consultations, providing comment on the areas of learning need and feedback on the resource.
 

What if I have questions?

Each page of the module has a space for you to leave a comment and start a discussion with other users. This is one way to seek answers to questions that arise from the material. Other things you could do include:

  • raising it in clinical supervision
  • contacting ADHC or other agency
  • speaking with your local psychiatrist
  • discussing it with a colleague to seek clarification

What if I have feedback?

We want your feedback, because we want to make the site as good as it can be at meeting your learning needs!

There will be an opportunity to give feedback at the end of each module, and we hope that you take a few moments to send it through. Otherwise you can always email us.

Email 3DN

Acknowledgements - Carer Modules
 


Collaboration has been fundamental to the development of this site. 3DN gratefully acknowledges the contribution of all who were involved in the development of the e-learning for carers.

Expert review of content was provided by:
• Jann Hayman, carer
Barbara Spode, carer
• Lesley Redmond, carer
• Barbara Lewis, Carer Support Service, Royal North Shore Hospital
 

What if I have feedback?

We want your feedback, because we want to make the site as good as it can be at meeting your learning needs!

There will be an opportunity to give feedback at the end of each module, and we hope that you take a few moments to send it through. Otherwise you can always email us:

Email 3DN