Centre for Developmental Disability Health (CDDH) supports medical and other health professionals to provide healthcare to their patients with intellectual and associated developmental disabilities through:
Clinical assessment by CDDH specialist GP or Psychiatrist on referral from the individual’s own GP.
Clinical assessment services require the completion of a pre-appointment questionnaire by the patient and/or those who know them well, and the person’s General Practitioner.
Experienced CDDH General Practitioners and Psychiatrists then provide detailed assessments and reviews of people referred to CDDH by their own General Practitioners. Regular clinical review meetings are conducted by CDDH clinicians to review the referrals and decide which clinician will see each patient.
GPs at CDDH have extensive experience and skills in assessing and managing not only the physical health of people with developmental disabilities, but also in assessing people with behavioural change and issues relating to the management of their behaviour.
The initial assessment consultation is usually for 1-1 ½ hours and is ideally attended by the patient, a support person with a good knowledge of the person and the presenting problem, and other parties who may be able to contribute. We ask that all health files including previous medical reports and investigation results be brought to the consultation.
A detailed report including an assessment and management suggestions is sent to the referring doctor, with copies to other parties by mutual agreement, after each consultation.
CDDH clinical support services are designed to support the person’s own healthcare team and do not include primary, ongoing or emergency care.
Clinical assessment services require the completion of a pre-appointment questionnaire.
The People with intellectual disabilities may be unable to describe their feelings or experiences. This contributes to their doctors often finding it difficult to diagnose depression or other disorders of mental health. The Depression Checklist is a tool to assist in this process. The Checklist is designed to be filled out by someone who know the person very well. It guides and records information the doctor can then use to screen for depression or related disorders in adults who are unable to self-report. The checklist is not a substitute for a clinical assessment.