intellectual disability

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If hospitals know a person has an intellectual disability, they can tailor communication and care to improve their treatment and health outcomes.

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A new study shows the impact of systemic neglect in health care on people with intellectual disability.

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An innovative e-health tool for people with intellectual disability aims to improve their mental health care.

Intellectual disability healthcare

Professor Julian Trollor, who exposed the gaps in healthcare for people with intellectual disability, is giving evidence to a Royal Commission. 

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Researchers have shown why people with intellectual disability experience lower life expectancy and suggest better public health could improve outcomes. 

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Australians with a disability are dying from avoidable deaths at twice the rate of the general population, and many deaths are attributed to the wrong cause.

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The deaths of more than 700 Australian adults with an intellectual disability could have been avoided with more appropriate health care and monitoring, a UNSW study has revealed.

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Mental health treatment for the 135,000 people in New South Wales living with an intellectual disability is set to improve, thanks to a world-first manual to guide mental health professionals.

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Australia imprisons thousands of Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disabilities each year – and a widespread lack of understanding and action underpins this shameful breach of human rights, write Eileen Baldry, Elizabeth McEntyre and Ruth McCausland.

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A new resource is being launched to tackle mental health problems among people with an intellectual disability and to improve the system that is currently failing them.

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