Medicos dismissing concerns of intellectually disabled people

Experts are shining new light on the reasons why so many Australians with intellectual disabilities are dying from potentially avoidable deaths at a young age. Those living with an intellectual disability say it’s not uncommon for doctors to dismiss their concerns or even ignore them all together.

‘Thank God someone listened’: NDIS to cover related health issues

From today people with health issues that result from their disabilities will be able to access support for them through the National Disability Insurance Scheme, after a long-running “arm wrestle” over payments between the NDIS and the health system. Advocates say the change will save lives.

People with a psychosocial disability

This report is part of a series of publicly shared reports that include specialist data in addition to the comprehensive quarterly and other reports regularly released. The data provides invaluable insight for the community and wider mental health sector to identify where it can best support participants, demonstrate evidence of the benefits of the NDIS, and chart the outcomes of NDIS participants. 

NDIS issues putting a strain on the mental health system

Australian governments must work together to ensure people with severe mental health issues who are ineligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme can use psychosocial support services, the National Mental Health Commission says.

Young people with disabilities are trapped in nursing homes

It is hard to live your life surrounded by death. That is the confronting challenge facing around 6,000 young people with disabilities who are in Australian nursing homes. One young woman recently told us of the pain of watching 40 people she knew die in her first two years in a home. Another had tears streaming down her face every time a death was announced on the public address system and the favourite song of the deceased was played.

Intellectual disability advocates’ $50m push to improve medical care

Carers say health procedures are made more difficult because of doctors’ lack of understanding. The issue, said the council’s senior advocate, Jim Simpson, is primarily a lack of training among doctors, who receive only 2.5 hours of specific training in the average six-year degree, and nurses, who receive none.

Mental Health in Australia: A quick guide

This quick guide provides an overview of mental health in Australia, including the prevalence of mental health conditions, the cost of mental illness, government responsibilities, and mental health services available in Australia.