Interested in participating in this project? Please contact Jessica Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (02) 9348 0903
We want to communicate with people with intellectual disability, support networks and health professionals.
Our Partnership Team is conducting a co-designed research project that aims to improve access to, and quality of preventive health care across the lifespan for people with intellectual disability.
We are using a multipronged, mixed methods approach to identify the gaps in policy and practice across key areas of preventive health including for example:
Alcohol and drug use
Promoting and protecting mental health
We will then use our findings to design and test a new model of preventative healthcare for people with intellectual disability. The diversity and skills of our partnership team will assist us to achieve all elements of the project.
Australians with intellectual disability represent a significant minority group who have very poor health status compared to the general population, and who experience poor engagement in preventive health care. The failure of current systems and services to address the specific health needs of people with intellectual disability is apparent to governments, policymakers, clinicians, researchers and consumers and their support persons, and has provided a unifying platform for this Partnerships Project. The current situation is at odds with Australia’s obligations under the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with a Disability (CRPD, ratified by Australia in 2008).
This NHMRC Partnership Project was awarded to Professor Trollor and a team of Co-Investigators and Partner Organisations which commenced in February 2022 and will run for five years to 2027.
In collaborating with relevant leads in government agencies, health service provision, public health, policy, disability services, and advocacy, our Project seeks to fulfill four main aims to:
map how preventative health care needs of people with intellectual disability are represented in Commonwealth, State/Territory, and International policies.
determine the reach and accessibility of preventive health strategies for people with intellectual disability.
determine the impact current participation in preventative health strategies have on health service usage and health outcomes for people with intellectual disability.
determine the feasibility of implementing change to enable people with intellectual disability to access and participate in preventative health care.
What is preventive health care
What is preventive health care: A 4-part Easy Read series
The Department of Health, Queensland Health, Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network, Western Victoria Primary Health Network, Australian Prevention Partnership Centre, Achieve Australia, Aruma, The Northcott Society, Inclusion Australia, The New South Wales Council for Intellectual Disability, Down Syndrome Australia, The Agency for Clinical Innovation, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, National Disability Services, Ageing and Disability Commission, Cancer Council of NSW, Cancer Institute NSW.
Investigators: Prof Julian Trollor. Prof Mark Harris, Prof Anne Kavanagh, Prof Karen Fisher, Dr Janet Long, Dr Simone Reppermund, Dr Ben Harris-Roxas, Dr Catherine Spooner, Prof Anurag Sharma, Dr Chris Hatton, Dr Preeyaporn Srasuebkul, Paul Crosland, Jaithri Ananthapavan, Dr Jane Tracy, Prof Jenny Bowman, Prof Nick Lennox.
Project Coordinator: Dr Janelle Weise
For further information about the project, please contact Dr Janelle Weise. To contact Janelle, please email email@example.com.