People with intellectual disability often have more health problems than others in the general community. Many health needs can be met by a person's General Practitioner, but sometimes a specialised approach is required.
Northern Sydney Intellectual Disability Service (NSIDHS) is a multidisciplinary consultative health service that provides comprehensive health assessments for children and adults with intellectual disability, and unmet complex health needs. The team also provide clinical advice and education for mainstream health professionals and general practice teams.
NSIDHS provides a comprehensive health assessment service including health care planning, advice and referrals. The service works with the person's General Practitioner and/or Paediatrician, and other clinicians who will provide ongoing health care, to ensure high quality health care.
The service can provide advice, information, and resources on the management of care, and the needs of people with intellectual disability including:
- How to make reasonable adjustments
- Training on use of communication tools
- Advice and information on management of care for people with intellectual disability; including strategies to better understand and manage a client/patient's challenging behaviours
- Resources, tools, information on health services.
Please note that the NSIDHS does not provide routine reviews and will refer to health and other services as needed.