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Dr Seeta Durvasula

Seeta Durvasula doctor who has been consulting in intellectual disability medicine for more than 25 years.  She is the Clinical Director of two specialised multidisciplinary health clinics in Sydney for children and adults with intellectual disability.  She is a Lecturer in Developmental Disabilities with the Centre for Disability Studies, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney.  Seeta’s research interests are in mortality, falls, vitamin D deficiency and health outcomes in people with intellectual disability.

Seeta Durvasula joined CDS in 1998 and has worked on a number of projects, including:

  • International, multicenter randomised controlled trial of vitamin E therapy in older people with Down syndrome.
  • Development of Guidelines for General Practitioners on Health Care in People with Intellectual Disability; and Guidelines on Preventive Health Care in Women with Disabilities
  • Evaluation of NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care’s Nutrition and Health Care policies
  • Physical Activity Guidelines for ADHC Support Staff
Qualifications:

MB BS (University of Sydney), DCH (Royal College of Physicians, London), MPaed. (University of NSW), MPH (University of Sydney), PhD (University of Sydney)

Research

Areas of research have included:

  • Mortality of people with intellectual disability
  • Falls in people with intellectual disability
  • Collaborator in research into use of inhaler asthma medications in people with intellectual disability
  • Vitamin D deficiency in people with intellectual disability
  • Factors affecting sunlight exposure and vitamin D deficiency in older people in residential aged care
Publications

Book Chapters

  1. Durvasula S (2012). Nutritional Disorders. In Management Guidelines: Developmental Disability (version 3). Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd.
  1. Durvasula S, Stewart L & Hemsley B. (2005). Nutritional Disorders. In Lennox N. (Ed.) Management Guidelines: Developmental Disability (v.2 - pp163-172). Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd.
  1. Durvasula, Hemsley B, Stewart L. (2005). Dysphagia. In Lennox N. (Ed.) Management Guidelines: Developmental Disability (v.2 - pp173-178). Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd.

 

Journal Articles

  1. Trollor J N, Ruffell B, Tracy J, Torr JJ, Durvasula S, Iacono T, Eagleson C, Lennox N (2016). Intellectual disability health content within medical curriculum: an audit of what our future doctors are taught. BMC Medical Education 16:105 DOI: 1186/s12909-016-0625-1
  2. Davis S, Durvasula S, Merhi D, Young P, Traini D, Bosnic-Anticevich S (2016) Knowledge that people with intellectual disability have of their inhaled asthma medications-messages for pharmacists. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy 38(1):135-43. doi: 10.1007/s11096-015-0217-x. Epub 2015 Nov 11
  3. Davis S, Durvasula S, Merhi D, Young P, Traini D, Bosnic-Anticevich S (2015). The ability of people with intellectual disability to use inhalers – an exploratory mixed methods study. Journal of Asthma  http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/02770903.2015.106542
  4. Davis S, Durvasula S, Merhi D, Young P, Traini D, Bosnic-Anticevich S (2015). The role of direct support professionals in asthma management. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 40(4): 342-353
  5. Durvasula S, Mason R, Kok C, Macara M, Parmenter TR, Cameron ID (2015). Outdoor areas of Australian residential aged care facilities do not facilitate appropriate sun exposure. Australian Health Review http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AH14035
  6. Durvasula S, Gies P, Mason R, Chen JS, Henderson S, Seibel M, Sambrook P, March L, Lord S, Kok C, Macara M, Parmenter TR, Cameron I. (2014). Vitamin D response of older people in residential aged care to sunlight-derived ultraviolet radiation. Arch Osteoporos 9:197 DOI 10.1007/s11657-014-0197-9
  7. Davis SR, Durvasula S, Merhi D, Young PM, Traini D & Bosnic-Anticevich (Published online May 2013). Respiratory medication use in an Australian developmental disability clinic population: messages for health care professionals. Australian Journal of Primary Health. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/PY12153
  8. Cahill S, Stancliffe RJ, Clemson L, & Durvasula, S. (Epublication 4/2/13). Reconstructing the fall: Individual, behavioural and contextual factors associated with falls in individuals with intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. DOI: 10.1111/jir.12015
  9. Durvasula S, Sambrook PN & Cameron ID. (2011) Factors influencing adherence with therapeutic sunlight exposure in older people in intermediate care facilities.                       Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics doi:10.1016/j.archger.2011.08.009
  10. Sambrook P, Cameron I Chen JS, Cumming R, Durvasula S, Hermann, M, Kok C, Lord S, Macara M, March L, Mason R, Seibel M, Wilson N & Simpson J. (2011)   Does Increased Sunlight Exposure Work As a Strategy to Improve Vitamin D Status in the Elderly: A Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial.  Osteoporosis International  DOI: 10.1007/s00198-011-1590-5.
  11. Lennox N, Lantman H, Davis R, Durvasula S, Small J, Kyrkou M (2011). The Health of People with Intellectual Disability (Editorial). International Journal of Family Medicine, doi:10.1155/2011/134571
  12. Cox C, Clemson L, Stancliffe RJ, Durvasula S & Sherrington C. (2010). Incidence of and risk factors for falls among adults with an intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 4(12):1045-1057
  13. Durvasula S, Kok, C, Sambrook PN, Cumming, RG, Lord, SR, March LM, Mason RS, Seibel, MJ, Simpson, JM, Cameron ID (2010). Sunlight and health: Attitudes of older people living in intermediate care facilities in southern Australia. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics.  1016/j.archger.2010.01.008
  14. Vanlint M, Nugent M, Durvasula S, Downs J, Leonard H. (2008) Vitamin D and people with intellectual disability Australian Family Physician 37(5): 348 -351
  15. Vanlint M, Nugent M, Durvasula S, Downs J, Leonard H (2008). A guide for the assessment and management of vitamin D status in people with intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability 33(2):184-188
  16. Emerson E & Durvasula S (eds) Special Issue: Health Inequalities. JARID, 2005, 18:2
  17. Emerson E & Durvasula S (2005) Health inequalities and people with intellectual disabilities: an introduction to the special issue (Editorial). JARID 18(2):95-6
  18. Durvasula S, Beange H & Baker W. (2002) Mortality of people with intellectual disability in Northern Sydney Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability 27(4):255-264
  19. Durvasula S, Beange H. (2001) Health inequalities in people with intellectual disability: strategies for improvement. Health Promotion Journal of Australia  11(1):27-31
  20. Einfeld SL, Smith A, Durvasula S, Florio T, Tonge B. (1999) Behavioural and emotional disturbance in Prader-Willi Syndrome. American Journal of Medical Genetics 82:123-27
Conference Presentations /Lectures/ Workshops (last 5 years)
  1. Durvasula S. Intellectual Disability Health. Presentation to South West Sydney Primary Health Network (8.3.2016)

 

  1. Durvasula S. Overview of Cerebral Palsy.  Lecture to dental students at the University of Sydney  (9.4.14, 20.4.2015 – Sydney Dental Hospital)

 

  1. Durvasula S. Pathogenesis of Cerebral Palsy.  Lecture to dental students at the University of Sydney (9.4.14, 20.4.2015 – Sydney Dental Hospital)

 

  1. Durvasula S. Drug Use in People with Developmental Disability. Lecture to final year pharmacy students, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney (14.4.2014, 20.4.2015)

 

  1. Durvasula S. Ageing and health in people with intellectual disability, Seminar for Disability Support Professionals and Families. (9.12.2014, Sydney)

 

  1. Durvasula S. Answering Gauguin’s questions: Changing perspectives on the health of people with intellectual disability  - Invited Keynote at PANDDA Conference, Sydney, (15.10.2014)

 

  1. Durvasula S. Health Care in People with Intellectual disability. Workshop for WentWest  GP Registrars (16.11.11, 29.8.12, 4.9.13, 24.9.2014, 23.9.2015)

 

  1. Durvasula, S. Health Care in People with Intellectual Disability.  Workshop for GP Synergy  GP Registrars (3.5.13, 15.5.2014 Sydney)

 

  1. Durvasula S. Growing older with autism: Physical health. Invited presentation - AADDM Conference, 22.8.2014, Brisbane.

 

  1. Durvasula, S., & Arnold, S. Medication Management –workshop for disability support workers (27.5.1127.9.12, 22.5.2014, 29.5.2015 Coffs Harbour, Sydney)

 

  1. O’Brien P, Durvasula S. Disability and Medicine.  Presentation at Royal North Shore Hospital as part of a teaching course for Vietnamese doctors through the Hoc Mai Foundation.  (12.8.13, RNSH)

 

  1. Durvasula, S. Health Assessment and Health Care Planning in People with Intellectual Disability and Ageing – ADHC Regional Disability Forum (11.6.13,  Sydney)

 

  1. Durvasula, S. Northern Sydney Intellectual Disability Health Team – presentation at Agency for Clinical Innovation Forum (November 2012)

 

  1. Durvasula, S. Ageing and Physical Health – presentation in Embracing Life and Ageing Well Forum¬ – for families and people with intellectual disability (30.10.2012)

 

  1. Durvasula, S. Educating the Health Workforce: Centre for Disability Studies. Australian Association of Developmental Disability Medicine (AADDM) Conference, Sydney (9.3.12)

 

  1. Durvasula, S. NSW Framework for Health Services for People with Intellectual Disability.  Australian Association of Developmental Disability Medicine (AADDM) Conference,  Sydney (8.3.12)

 

  1. Durvasula, S. Not just sunshine and broken bones: What’s new with vitamin D? – invited presentation at PANDDA conference (3.11.11)

 

  1. Durvasula, S. Improving health in people with intellectual disability¬ – invited presentation at NSW CID Health Forum (19.7.11)

 

 

 

 

 

Reports
  1. Durvasula S & Yazbeck M. Centre for Disability Studies’ Evaluation of Department of Ageing Disability and Home Care’s Ensuring Good Nutrition Policy. Commissioned by ADHC. (May 2009)

 

  1. Durvasula S, Merhi D. Measuring the impact of the DADHC “Client Health Policy” on clients in DADHC funded services – Evaluation for the NSW Department of Ageing Disability and Home Care (2007)

 

  1. Durvasula S, Klause J. Health care in people with intellectual disability: Guidelines for General Practitioners –published by Centre for Developmental Disability Studies for NSW Health, (2006)

 

  1. Durvasula S, Townsend V. Palliative care needs of children and adults with intellectual disability Literature review and report for NSW Department of Ageing Disability and Home Care (2004)

 

  1. Durvasula S, Townsend V. Sudden death in epilepsy and management of acute seizures in people with intellectual disability Literature review and report for NSW Department of Ageing Disability and Home Care (2004)

 

  1. Klaus J, Durvasula S. Promoting physical activity in people with developmental disability: Practice guidelines for staff and carers. Commissioned by the NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (2004)

 

  1. Durvasula S, Buzio A, Novak I. Preventative Women’s Health Care for Women with Disabilities: Guidelines for General Practitioners - published by CDS in conjunction with the NSW Cervical Screening Programme. (2003).

 

  1. Hemsley B, Durvasula S. Nutrition Practice Guidelines for DADHC Disability Services Clinical Staff working with people with intellectual disability who have special nutritional needs due to swallowing difficulty, mealtime behaviours, or obesity.  Developed for NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (2002).

 

  1. Durvasula S, Buzio A, Yazbeck M. Increasing the sensitivity of the public hospitals to the needs of people with disabilities during hospitalisation - development of a training package for hospital staff – Developed for by NSW Health (2002-3)

 

  1. Hemsley B, Durvasula S, Parmenter T, Caithness T, Buzio A, Green V & Novak I. Informed Decision Making for the management of dysphagia in people with developmental disability CDDS project Commissioned by the NSW Department of Health and NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (2001).
  2. Alexander B, Atkinson N, Balandin S, Dew A, Durvasula S, Griffin T, Parmenter T. A review of health services in NSW for adults with intellectual and related developmental disabilities.  Centre for Developmental Disability Studies (1999)  Report for the NSW Department of Aging and Disability

 

 

Teaching
  • Lectures for medical students at University of Sydney

 

  • Lectures for dental and pharmacy students at University of Sydney

 

  • Development of a 4 week elective in intellectual disability medicine, ; supervision of medical students doing the elective

 

  • Research supervisor of University of Sydney medical students doing MD Research projects

 

  • Unit coordinator for Unit of Study (Physical Health and Developmental Disability) in a Postgraduate Master of Health Science (Developmental Disability), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney.

 

  • Teaching, clinical observation for dental registrar doing Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Special Needs Dentistry) Program.

 

  • Workshops, teaching sessions for general practitioners, GP registrars, Rehabilitation registrars

 

 

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