The Guide has been developed to provide a national framework of understanding and action for frontline mental health service providers with respect to people with an intellectual disability. It provides an overview of intellectual disability mental health, why accessible services are important, the principles that should guide service delivery, practical strategies for inclusive and accessible services, and the implications for the service system.
The Guide will function as an important tool to assist health services in providing equitable access, a skilled workforce and appropriate treatment to people with an intellectual disability and a mental disorder. It is envisaged that the document will be accessed in electronic pdf format and hard copy versions.
The intended audience for The Guide includes all mental health professionals and organisations which treat people with an ID and co-occurring mental disorders including those who work within:
- Primary Health Care Settings
- Public Mental Health Services
- Private Mental Health Services
- Specialised ID Mental Health Professionals and Services.