About this site

Purpose

This site was designed to be an interactive education resource for everyone with an interest in intellectual disability mental health.

We have developed the content so that it is tailored specifically to different groups of people:

  • Carers and families
  • Health and mental health professionals
  • Disability professionals
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    The content may also be useful for students and other professionals who want to learn more about intellectual disability and mental health.

     

    How this e-learning was developed

    All the e-learning content 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.

    Each module 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

    Register and learn

    To access free e-Learning modules, complete a quick and easy registration.

    Carers

    Health Professionals

    Disability Professionals

    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.

    Practice is an essential part of learning – 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 you can use this knowledge to support people with an intellectual disability. 

    These materials have been designed so 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. If you leave a module before you complete it, you will be able to pick it up again from that spot when you return.

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

    • how to experiment with and integrate what you have learnt in your life and/or workplace
    • returning to a module later date to see what else you can benefit from
    • using the internet to do your own research into questions that arise as you go
    • people with whom you can discuss what you are learning – eg family members, peers, colleagues, and professional contacts.

    What if I have questions?

    For questions regarding the mental health of the person you’re supporting we recommend contacting the person’s GP or mental health professional. You may find it helpful to take along a print out of the module page with you. 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

    If you have questions regarding the site please contact 3DN.

    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