The worldwide prevalence of intellectual disability (ID) varies between 1-2 %. In Australia, approximately 1.8 % of the population has an ID with severe or profound impairment in core activities of daily living, equating to almost half a million Australians of which approximately 32,000 are South Australians. People with ID die up to 27 years earlier than people without disability and are at least twice as likely to die from potentially avoidable causes.
Healthcare professionals must work together to support people with ID to access safe and high-quality health care services. Management of medical conditions for people with ID is at a lower rate than the general population. Medicines such as antipsychotics which are inappropriately used as a restrictive practice can contribute to adverse effects. Medical practitioners, pharmacists and allied health professionals must be proactive with respect to medicine safety for this cohort. Interdisciplinary approaches are needed to address this systemic problem that has culminated in this disparity.
This webinar has been developed in collaboration with Summit Health, SACID and is funded by CSAPHN as part of the Connect-Able Project. This project aims to grow the awareness and build the confidence of health professionals and those who work in healthcare support services to better support people with intellectual disability in the community.
Presented by a rehabilitation specialist and a pharmacist, with expertise and experience in supporting people with ID, this webinar will explain the considerations that need to be taken when providing healthcare to people with ID. It will also explore medication-related issues commonly encountered in those with ID and how to address them through medication management services and the skills of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
• This is a webinar for all health professionals in South Australia
• Webinar runs for 2 hours