In Tasmania over one quarter (26.8%) of people have some type of disability.

Our Snapshot of Priority Populations in Tasmania resource gives an overview of health data and information for priority population groups, including people with a disability.

Primary Health Tasmania has two projects that aim to improve health system access and the quality of life of people living with a disability.

These projects relate specifically to the areas of intellectual disability and psychosocial support.

Improving primary healthcare for people with intellectual disability

Primary Health Tasmania has received Australian Government funding to enhance primary care for Tasmanians living with an intellectual disability.

The Australian Government-funded Better health care for people with intellectual disability – Primary Care Enhancement Program (PCEP) aims to address inequities health system access and quality for people with intellectual disability through a range of activities.

Our work in this area includes facilitating health professional education and training; developing resources for health professionals, practice staff and service users; and sharing information and resources from other organisations with relevant knowledge and expertise.

We draw on the expertise of consumers, carers, health professionals with specialist knowledge and interest, and intellectual disability organisations.

The Council for Intellectual Disability has produced six Easy Read health facts sheets, funded by the Australian Government as part of PCEP. The fact sheets have been co-designed with people with intellectual disability and include:

Your right to good health care
Yearly health checks
Types of health checks
Caring for your teeth
Chronic health plans
Types of health services.

Primary Health Tasmania has also developed this flyer providing tips on what people with intellectual disability can do to stay well.

Psychosocial support

Primary Health Tasmania has commissioned Baptcare to deliver psychosocial support services in Tasmania. We are also working with stakeholders to identify and address barriers faced by people with mental illness when testing for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Read more here.