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Intellectual disability resources for health professionals

Primary Health Tasmania has developed a range of resources to help health professionals provide the best possible care to people with intellectual disability, and to support practice staff who communicate with patients.

This is part of our work under the Australian Government-funded Better health care for people with intellectual disability – Primary Care Enhancement Program (PCEP).

The following resources are linked above.

For health professionals

  • Snapshot of information and resources for health professionals (one page)
  • Information and resources for GPs
  • Consultation tips for health professionals
  • Key information for health professionals to consider when providing care

For practice support staff

  • Information and resources for practice managers
  • Reasonable adjustments: Welcoming patients with intellectual disability

For people with intellectual disability

  • Tips to help you stay well

The Council for Intellectual Disability has also produced a range of handouts and fact sheets for health professionals and for people with intellectual disability.

The Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care website has a page about annual health assessments for people with intellectual disability, which links to a free, evidence-based tool called the Comprehensive Health Assessment Program (CHAP). The CHAP promotes collaboration between the person with intellectual disability, their supporter or carer, and their GP. It helps GPs get the information they need for the assessment. There are free versions of the CHAP available for adults (18 years and over), and for young people (aged 12 to 18 years).