Purpose: The e-Learning site www.idhealtheducation.edu.au was launched on 22 July 2013. The site is an interactive education resource for everyone with an interest in intellectual disability mental health.
Registration is free and easy. Under the ‘Health Professionals’ section, there are modules for health and mental health practitioners. Under ‘Disability Professionals, there are modules for paid disability service providers. Under ‘Carers’, there are modules designed specifically for carers of people with intellectual disability. The site is also useful for students and other professionals who want to learn more about intellectual disability and mental health.
There are currently 17 e-Learning modules available for health and mental health professionals, the full list is available here.
The modules can also be accessed through My Health Learning on HETI for all NSW Health staff.
Following a consultation with professionals working in the disability sector, the e-Learning site expanded in 2016 to include modules tailored to the different roles disability workers provide. There are currently 17 modules available, a full list of the modules can be found here.
Launched in 2017, the collection of modules aims to support carers to be able to recognise changes to the person’s wellbeing. There are currently 8 modules available, a full list is available here.
A Wellbeing Record is also available for carers, to assist in recording any changes to a person’s usual wellbeing. The resource can be used in meeting with health professionals to help them understand what wellbeing looks like for the person and understand any changes.
How the site was developed: This site is the result of a collaboration between the Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry, the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (Ageing, Disability and Home Care), and the NSW Ministry of Health. As the idea for the site developed, many others became involved too.
The idea for this resource grew out of a series of local workshops run by 3DN. Many mental health staff attended the workshops, and many more were unable to attend. The resources required to run these workshops meant that a more sustainable format was called for. So the idea was born to create an online version of the workshops, making the material accessible across Australia, to anyone at any time.
The content of the site was developed by a team of medical, mental and allied health professionals. The team has clinical, administrative and research experience and represents 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.