A multidisciplinary health service for school aged children, adolescents and adults diagnosed with intellectual disability and complex health needs.
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 needed.
Northern Sydney Intellectual Disability Health Team is a multidisciplinary health service for school aged children, adolescents and adults diagnosed with intellectual disability and complex health needs. It is one of three specialised clinical service pilots established by the NSW Ministry of Health.
This service, operated by the Centre for Disability Studies, provides medical and health consultations, advice and referrals. The service is funded by Northern Sydney Local Health District.
The service works in conjunction with the person’s General Practitioner and/or paediatrician, other health services and disability service providers to ensure coordinated, high quality health care.
People with a diagnosis of intellectual disability who live in the Northern Sydney Local Health District are eligible to be seen at the clinic.
What happens at the clinic
School aged children, adolescents or adults diagnosed with intellectual disability and complex health needs may be seen at the clinic. A referral from a paediatrician or general practitioner (GP) is required.
People referred to the clinic are usually seen first by one of the doctors for a full health assessment. They may also be seen by a psychologist or other health professionals of the service.
If needed, tests are ordered and referrals made to other medical specialists and health professionals. Health care plans can be developed for those who live independently or with their families.
A comprehensive report with recommendations will be sent to the person and /or their family, GP and/or paediatrician. With the person’s permission, reports may also be sent to other involved professionals.
Clinics & Services
- Medical Clinics for school aged children and adults
- Transition Clinics for adolescents moving from paediatric to adult health services
- Clinics in Special Schools
- Psychology consultation and counselling for children
- Psychiatry consultation and treatment for adults
- Facilitate access to dental services
- Education and group sessions
Enquiries or appointments
Contact Elizabeth Hammond.
- 02 8968 3400
- Email: Elizabeth.Hammond@sydney.edu.au
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