People with intellectual disability are at increased likelihood of experiencing mental illness but are less likely to receive treatment than people without intellectual disability. In many cases disability professionals play a significant role in providing support and are instrumental in helping to overcome the barriers people with intellectual disability face, and in assisting access to mental health supports.
In 2016, The Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN) launched a new e-Learning resource for disability professionals in intellectual disability mental health. The e-Learning is designed to equip professionals in the disability sector with the confidence, skills and knowledge needed to respond to the mental health needs of people with intellectual disability.
The e-learning was developed following a consultation with various professionals across the disability sector about the roles disability professionals do and their specific learning needs. The resource will help to develop necessary skills such as detecting symptoms of mental illness, knowing where to seek support, and how to assist with assessments and treatment.
To see the learning objectives and key topics associated with each of the courses, go to this document.
The e-Learning resource can be accessed after a quick registration at idhealtheducation.mygo1.com. Once registered, click on ‘Disability Professionals’ on the main dashboard to view all of the available courses for disability professionals. You can then purchase access to each of the courses that interest you.
If you are an organisation wishing to purchase yearly subscriptions to the content for a large number of users, please see our page on subscription packages for more information.