Adult Intellectual Disability Mental Health (AIDMH) ECHO

Facts

  • 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.

Audience
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

Series 3: Every Wednesday 10-11.30 am from 3 February to 7 April 2021 (9 sessions) - Open for registration
Series 4: Every Wednesday 12-1.30 pm from 21 April to 16 June 2021 (9 sessions) - 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.

Curriculum

Week

  Presentations by Intellectual Disability in Mental Health Experts

Presenter

1

  Assessing for mental illness in adults with intellectual disability
  Part 1 – principles and approach

Dr Clint Pistilli

2

  Assessing for mental illness in adults with intellectual disability
  Part 2 – specific disorders and their presentations

Dr Clint Pistilli
3

  Physical health comorbidity and its role in mental health presentations

Dr Rebecca Koncz
4

  Role of psychotropic medication use in adults with Intellectual Disability

Dr Rebecca Koncz
5

  Psychological interventions for mental disorders in adults with   Intellectual Disability

Ms Emmy Yiannopoulos
6

  Assessing and managing challenging behaviours

Ms Emmy Yiannopoulos
7

  Approach to sexuality and sexual behaviours of concern

Dr David Thompson
8

  Trauma in the lives of people with intellectual disability

Ms Sarah O'Brien
9

  Safeguards including the Guardianship Act 1987

Dr David Thompson

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Submit a Case

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Contact Us

For general enquiries, please email:
SLHD-ECHO@health.nsw.gov.au 

Meet the AIDMH ECHO Team

Dr David Thompson
Program Coordinator | Clinical Nurse Consultant

Dr Rebecca Koncz Psychiatrist

Dr Clint Pistilli Psychiatrist

Dr Kate Wills Psychiatric Registrar

Ms Sarah O'Brien Clinical Psychologist

Ms Emmy Yiannopoulos Clinical Psychologist

Mr Viv Maguire Social Worker

ECHO® SLHD Programs

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