Open Letter to The Hon Mr Brad Hazzard MP – Minister for Health and Medical Research about Specialist Clinical Services for People with Intellectual Disability

  • By Assoc Prof Mary-Ann O'Donovan

Since 1998, Centre for Disability Studies (CDS) has hosted the Developmental Disability Health Unit (DDHU), which has operated a statewide clinic for adolescents and adults with an intellectual or developmental disability.  The service has been funded by the NSW Ministry of Health via a Ministerially Approved Grant, to provide regular, comprehensive, specialised clinical assessments, monitoring for people with an intellectual disability and advice to general practitioners about ongoing health care of their patients.

CDS sent an open letter of support to the Minister for Health and Medical Research Mr Brad Hazzard to request to retain funding for a specialist clinical service in April 2022, following advise that the Ministerially Approved Grant would cease for the (DDHU) on the 30 June 2022.

CDS received a response from the NSW Ministry of Health, on behalf of Minister Hazzard, on the 18 May 2022.  We are continuing to liaise with the Ministry regarding options for the allocation of the Ministerially Approved Grant from 1 July 2022.

CDS would like to say thank you to all everyone who supported this open letter and also wrote their own letters of support.

Click here to read the letter.