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Supporting effective consultations for people with intellectual disability forum – Launceston

Intellectual Disability
Facilitated by:
Primary Health Tasmania
Judy Huett
Professor Nick Lennox
Dr Ioan Jones
Ms Kylie Hillier
Q&A Panel
Date and time:
Tuesday 27 February 2024 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Launceston Peppers Silo Hotel, 89 To 91 Lindsay St, Invermay
GP's, Practice Nurses and Allied Health Professionals

This dinner forum aims to bring high quality up-to-date education and resources to GPs and primary healthcare professionals to enhance their knowledge, skills, and confidence in working with people with intellectual disability. ‘Supporting effective consultations for people with intellectual disability’ will focus on the identification and management of common health conditions for people with intellectual disability, use of the Comprehensive Health Assessment Program (CHAP) tool, consent and decision making, and information on the role of GPs in oral health care. The session will also include perspectives from a person with lived experience and Q&A panel discussion around restrictive practice.

This is a CPD-accredited activity, which will include 3 hours of Educational Activities.

The learning objectives covered in this event are:

  • Identify the types of mental, physical, and oral health conditions which are common in people with intellectual disability
  • Describe key elements of successful communication with people with intellectual disability
  • Identify whole-of-practice reasonable adjustments to improve access to health care for people with intellectual disability
  • Improve understanding of restrictive practices, consent and decision-making processes, to promote best possible health care of clients with intellectual disability.

Speaker Information:

Judy Huett 

Judy Huett is a person with lived experience. She has attained qualifications in Disability Support, Aged Care, Information Technology and Small Business Management; and completed leadership development training through Leaders for Tomorrow (2012) and Voice at the Table (2016). 

Currently Judy works part-time with Speak Out Association of Tasmania in Self Advocacy Liaison and Support, and sits on the Roadmap Implementation Governance Group that oversees the national approach to improving the health of people with intellectual disability. Judy has promoted rights and health at diverse conferences and events. 

An accomplished leader, Judy is best known for her extensive contributions via her voluntary work that includes travelling to Geneva, Switzerland in 2013 with the expert group to talk to and present to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and again in 2019 to Geneva as a co-lead of the Australian delegation – the first Person with an Intellectual Disability to be co-lead of a delegation to report on the UN CRPD; member since inception of the national Intellectual Disability Reference Group (IDRG) and past member of the Independent Advisory Council (IAC) that advises the Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency about the NDIS 

Professor Nick Lennox

Prof Lennox is a researcher, educator, advocate and clinician. He has specialised in the health of adults with intellectual disability since 1992. He trained in general practice and also for a time in psychiatry. In 2007, he completed his PhD based on a randomised controlled trial of the Comprehensive Health Assessment Program (CHAP).

 Dr Ioan Jones (Oral Health Services Tasmania)

Dr Ioan Jones has been working as a public health dentist for over 26 years. Ioan has been working for Oral Health Services Tasmania since 2010 coordinating education and training and more recently has taken on the role of Clinical Director.  Ioan has always had an interest in dental education both previously in the UK and now in his new home of Australia and is passionate about increasing the knowledge of health professionals on how poor dental and oral health, has an impact on general health.  As well as being a Senior Clinical Lecturer with the University of Tasmania Centre for Rural Health, Ioan is also an Associate Professor with James Cook University and Adjunct Associate Professor with La Trobe University.

 Ms Kylie Hillier – Office of the Public Guardian

Kylie works as the Guardian at the Department of Justice, Tasmania. She has been working with the Office of the Public Guardian for over 17 years and is based in Launceston.