Adult Intellectual Disability Mental Health (AIDMH) ECHO


  • More than 125,000 people in NSW have an intellectual disability.
  • People with intellectual disability are up to 3 times more likely to experience a mental health condition at any time in their life.
  • Most people with intellectual disability live in regional or outer metropolitan areas.
  • Many people with intellectual disability will experience major barriers to accessing mental health care.

Adult Intellectual Disability Mental Health ECHO is a NSW Health capacity building initiative that supports healthcare professionals from diverse disciplines and service settings to improve mental health outcomes for people with an intellectual disability. Through participation, healthcare professionals can develop confidence and specialised knowledge to deliver specialised mental health care to adults with intellectual disability within their own local communities. 

This ECHO is run by the Statewide Intellectual Disability Mental Health Outreach Service. They offer consultation to health professionals working with adults with intellectual disability where there concerns about their mental health or behaviour.

We welcome all healthcare providers who support people with intellectual disabilities.​ Participants may include Local Health District clinicians, GPs, practice nurses, and allied health professionals in both private and disability sectors across NSW.

ECHO Sessions

Summer Series 2023: Thursdays 10-11.30 am 2 February - 30 March 2023 - Registration closed
Autumn Series 2023: Thursdays 10-11.30 am 4 May - 29 June 2023 - Open for Registration

  • Each ECHO series will run for 9 weeks.
  • Participants are expected to attend each weekly session for 1.5 hours. 
  • Participants are encouraged to contribute a case presentation during a series.
  • Participants who attend a minimum of 6 sessions will receive a certificate of attendance for CPD points. 
  • No cost to participate. 

Please find more information on ECHO sessions here.

Download the flyer for AIDMH ECHO here.

Winter Series 2022 Curriculum


  Presentations by Intellectual Disability in Mental Health Experts


February 2

  Assessment of intellectual disability in adults

Emmy Yiannopoulos

February 9

  Assessing mental illness in adults with intellectual disability
 : principles and approaches

Dr Madeline Delves
February 16

  Assessing mental illness in adults with intellectual disability
 : specific disorders and their presentations

Dr James Smith

February 23

  Psychological interventions for mental disorders in adults with intellectual disability

Emmy Yiannopoulos
March 2

  Assessing and managing challenging behaviours

Mathew Gullotta
March 9

  Role of psychotropic medication use in adults with intellectual disability

Dr Rebecca Koncz

March 16

  Safeguards for adults with intellectual disability where there are concerns about mental health or behaviour

David Thompson
March 23

  Physical health comorbidity and its role in mental health presentations

SIDMHS Registrar
March 30

  Approach to sexuality and sexual behaviours of concern

Mathew Gullotta

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Meet the AIDMH ECHO Team

Dr James Smith
Clinical Lead SIDMHOS

David Thompson
Program Coordinator | Clinical Nurse Consultant

Dr Rebecca Koncz  
Staff Specialist Psychiatry | Senior Lecturer, Concord Clinical School, University of Sydney

Dr Madeline Delves 
Consultant Psychiatrist

Emmy Yiannopoulos
Clinical Psychologist

Mathew Gullotta
Psychologist: Forensic Registrar

Dorian Taylor
Occupational Therapist NBMLHD

James Everingham 
SLHD Disability Inclusion & Strategy Manager


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