Online learning modules on Cardiometabolic Health in People with Intellectual Disability are available at www.idhealtheducation.edu.au
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.
Early intervention framework
Download our Positive Cardiometabolic Health for People with an Intellectual Disability: an Early Intervention Framework for
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What is the Framework?
People with an intellectual disability 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 intellectual disability. Cardiometabolic risk factors for people with an intellectual disability differ from the general population; they include higher rates of psychotropic medication prescription and polypharmacy, and certain genetic syndromes associated with intellectual disability.
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 intellectual disability. The Early Intervention Framework guides medical professionals through cardiometabolic risk screening, provides intervention strategies tailored to people with an intellectual disability, identifies specific syndromes with altered cardiometabolic risk profiles and links to accessible resources for clinicians, people with an intellectual disability 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.
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