An Intellectual Disability Mental Health Training Framework: An Approach to Continuing Professional Development

Current project

In Australia there is currently a paucity of educational opportunities for mental health professionals in the area of intellectual disability mental health. For example there is:

  • very limited availability of specialised trainee positions for psychiatrists in ID,
  • a lack of postgraduate and continuing professional development opportunities in this area for the five key professional groups, and
  • an absence of credentialing within this area.

This situation has had a significant impact on the preparedness of the workforce to delivery services to people with an intellectual disability.


  • develop an Intellectual Disability Mental Health Training Framework which will provide a competency based educational pathway for trainees seeking specialisation in the area of intellectual disability, and
  • to facilitate the development and implementation of ID specific educational opportunities.
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