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

Spring Series 2023: Thursdays 10-11.30 am 12 October - 7 December 2023 - Open for Registration
Summer Series 2024: Thursdays 10-11.30 am 1 February - 28 March 2024 - 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.

Spring Series 2023 Curriculum


  Presentations by Intellectual Disability in Mental Health Experts


Oct 12

  Assessment of intellectual disability in adults

Emmy Yiannopoulos

Oct 19

  Assessing mental illness in adults with intellectual disability

Dr Madeline Delves
Oct 26

  Psychological interventions for mental disorders in adults with intellectual disability

Emmy Yiannopoulos

Nov 2

  Role of psychotropic medication use in adults with intellectual disability

Dr Rebecca Koncz
Nov 9

 Adults with intellectual disability in contact with the criminal justice system

Mathew Gullotta
Nov 16

  Physical health comorbidity and its role in mental health presentations

Dr Maryssa Portelli

Nov 23

  Approach to sexuality and sexual behaviours of concern

David Thompson
Nov 30

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

David Thompson
Dec 7

 Support for people with intellectual disability ageing

Dr James Smith

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Meet the AIDMH ECHO Team

David Thompson
Program Coordinator | Clinical Nurse Consultant

Dr James Smith
Clinical Lead SIDMHOS

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

Dr Madeline Delves 
Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Maryssa Portelli
Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Charles Passmore
Psychiatry Registrar, SIDMOS

Emmy Yiannopoulos
Clinical Psychologist

Mathew Gullotta
Psychologist: Forensic Registrar

Dorian Taylor
Occupational Therapist NBMLHD

Stella Galanis
Library Manager, Geoff Marel Library, Concord Repatriation General Hospital

James Everingham 
SLHD Disability Inclusion & Strategy Manager

Vivian Maguire
Program Manager, Pathways to Community Living, SLHD


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