About this site


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

    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.


    Register and learn

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


    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. 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