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Improving access to primary care for people with an intellectual disability

Project Summary

People with intellectual disability experience poorer health outcomes compared with the general population, partly due to the difficulties of accessing primary care. This program of work focuses on ways it may be possible to improve access to primary care for people with an intellectual disability in Australia.

The projects aim to:

  • enhance access to primary care for people with intellectual disability.
  • identify barriers and facilitators to implementing preventive health assessments in general practice for people with intellectual disability.
  • improve identification of people with intellectual disability in general practice.

Our Investigators

  • Dr Jodie Bailie
  • Dr Alison Laycock
  • Professor Ross Bailie

Collaborators

  • Professor Nicholas Lennox, University of Queensland
  • Professor Sally Hall Dykgraaf, Australian National University
  • Dr Bradley Shea, Northern NSW Local Health District
  • Mr Paul Caltabiano, University of Sydney
  • Ms Kanchana Ekanayake, University of Sydney

Status

Ongoing

What type of study is involved?

This program of research is varied and includes a range of methodological approaches.

What have been some of the findings so far?

The insights arising from the work done so far has been used to inform:

  • The National Roadmap for Improving the Health of People with Intellectual Disability an Australian government policy initiative aimed at addressing health inequity experienced by people with intellectual disability.
  • Primary Health Networks to develop training materials for improving access to general practice for people with an intellectual disability.
  • My Medicare (a new voluntary patient registration model).

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