Download the ADULT version of Positive Cardiometabolic Health for People with an Intellectual Disability: an Early Intervention Framework here.
Download the ADOLESCENT version of Positive Cardiometabolic Health for People with an Intellectual Disability: an Early Intervention Framework here.
For people with an intellectual disability and carers: print and take with you to the doctor
The below postcards can be printed and taken to your doctor. The front side of the postcards contain information for people with an intellectual disability or carers. The back side of each postcard provides information for the doctor about the above resources.
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What is Positive Cardiometabolic Health for People with an Intellectual Disability: an Early Intervention Framework?
People with an intellectual disability (ID) experience poorer health and higher mortality rates than the general population. A major contributor to this health inequality is the high rate of cardiometabolic disease experienced by people with an ID. Cardiometabolic risk factors for people with an ID differ from the general population; they include higher rates of psychotropic medication prescription and polypharmacy, and certain genetic syndromes associated with ID.
Positive Cardiometabolic Health for People with an Intellectual Disability: an Early Intervention Framework (the Early Intervention Framework) has been adapted from a well-accepted, generalist monitoring framework to address the specific cardiometabolic health needs of people with an ID. The Early Intervention Framework guides medical professionals through cardiometabolic risk screening, provides intervention strategies tailored to people with an ID, identifies specific syndromes with altered cardiometabolic risk profiles and links to accessible resources for clinicians, people with an ID and carers.
The Early Intervention Framework was developed in consultation with the authors of the original, generalist monitoring framework and a range of national and international experts. It was funded by Mental Health – Children & Young People, MHDAO, NSW Health.
This peer-reviewed article, published in the Australian Journal of Primary Health, describes the development process and main recommendations of Early Intervention Framework. Please click here to view the article.
To access a plain English version of the article click here.
To access an Easy English version of the article click here.
Free cardiometabolic resources
Please click the links below to access a range of free-to-download resources for clinicians, formal and informal carers and people with an intellectual disability.
- Standard Cardiometabolic Targets
- Going To The Doctor
- Psychotropic Medication
- Blood Pressure
- Having A Blood Test
- Healthy Lifestyle
- Overcoming Social And Economic Disadvantage
- Managing Challenging Behaviour
- Planning For Adaptations To Clinical Practice
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