Western Victoria Primary Health Network’s Supporting People with Intellectual Disability to Access Health (SPIDAH) Project aims to improve how primary healthcare services are delivered to meet the needs of people with an intellectual disability.
As part of this work, Western Victoria PHN runs online and face-to-face training sessions, and provides resources useful for nurses either in a clinical environment or other primary or tertiary settings. Over the coming months they will be holding sessions on ‘Case Conferencing – A Model of Wrap-Around Care’. The face-to-face sessions will take place in Ballarat and Geelong during October, with an online session in November.
Targeted primarily at practice nurses, this session intends on providing relevant information, inclusive of MBS items, to practically implement and support case conferencing and coordination in the primary healthcare clinic setting. This session will focus on examples of patients with an intellectual disability, however the learnings are applicable for delivering case conferencing for all other population groups.
It will be presented by Heather Miller, a subject matter expert RN who has worked in intellectual disability health for over 20 years. Heather currently works as a disability practice nurse in a busy GP clinic, supporting patients with intellectual disability alongside a general practice developmental disability specialist. She is involved in project development at Monash Health’s Centre for Developmental Disability Health, and is a disability resource breastfeeding educator with the Australian Breastfeeding Association on breastfeeding and Down syndrome.
Further information and registration instructions for Case conferencing – a model of wrap-around care are available below:
Other resources offered as part of the SPIDAH Project include:
- Comprehensive Health Assessment Program (CHAP) – an evidence-based tool for carrying out annual health assessments for people with intellectual disability.
- Inclusive Practice and Reasonable Adjustments (Increase your knowledge on ID) – a YouTube playlist of webinars and training sessions.
- Intellectual Disability – Practice Connect – a web page of information resources including quality improvement for people with intellectual disability.
The SPIDAH Project is a key component of Western Victoria PHN’s work with the Commonwealth Government-initiated Primary Care Enhancement Program (PCEP) – part of the National Roadmap for Improving the Health of People with Intellectual Disability.