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.

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 1: Every Wednesday 10-11.30 am from 5 August to 7 October 2020 (10 sessions) - Registration closed
Series 2: Every Wednesday 10-11.30 am from 21 October to 16 December 2020 (9 sessions) - Open for registration

  • Each ECHO series will run for 10 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.


Week Date

  Presentations by Intellectual Disability in Mental Health Experts

1 5 August

  Screening and assessing for intellectual disability in adults

2 12 August

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

3 19 August

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

4 26 August

  Evaluating risk and crisis management

5 2 September

  Physical health comorbidity and its role in mental health presentations

6 9 September

  Psychological interventions for mental disorders in adults with   Intellectual Disability

7 16 September

  Assessing and managing challenging behaviours

8 23 September

  Approach to sexuality and sexual behaviours of concern

9 30 September

  Role of psychotropic medication use in adults with Intellectual Disability

10  7 October

  Co-occurring developmental disabilities - ADHD and autism

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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

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