Latest Journal

Click here for a copy of our latest Journal Edition. Volume 10, Issue 1, 2019.



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Guidelines on Pathways to Care

A guide for parents and carers: Guidelines on Pathways to Care for children and adolescents with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour and/or mental health problems.  

Quick Link to the MOU

Devlopmental Psychiatry Clinic Evaluation

The Developmental Psychiatry Clinic has been evaluated by the Centre for Disability Studies. Access the document by clicking on the image below.

MOU between ADHC and Health
Excutive Summary

View the executive summary of the "Leading the Way in Mental Health and Intellectual Disability" needs analysis report here.



Westmead Feelings Program Facilitator Scholarships Now Open...

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead are seeking applicants for the first ever Westmead Feelings Program 1 Facilitator Scholarships round, with the aim of supporting the mental health of children with autism and intellectual disability in NSW and to help us evaluate the WFP1 online facilitator learning platform.
Twelve scholarships will be awarded to professionals in NSW to complete the WFP 1 online facilitator certification course. The online facilitator certification course will give professionals the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver WFP 1 to children with autism and mild intellectual disability, their parents and teachers. Included in the scholarships will be the WFP 1 therapeutic kit, and WFP 1 therapeutic manuals for up to 6 children, their parents and teachers.
The 12 scholars will be supported via various mentoring opportunities throughout 2020. Each scholarship is valued at over $2,500.

It is essential to read the WFP1 Facilitator Scholarships Information Form prior to completing the online application form

All applications must be received by 30 September 2019. Goodluck!



New e-Learning module on mental wellbeing is now available for disability professionals

Image - New e-Learning module on mental wellbeing is now available for disability professionals

“Supporting Good Mental Health in People with Intellectual Disability”

This  module develaims to further disability professionals’ understanding of good mental health and how to promote mental wellbeing in people with intellectual disability.

It covers topics such as:

  • What is meant by good mental health and the factors that promote mental wellbeing
  • What is meant by resilience and how it can be developed
  • A positive psychology approach to support
  • A strengths-based approach and how disability professionals can support this approach
  • How good mental health is measured
  • How disability professionals can maintain good mental health while supporting a person with intellectual disability


The free e-learning resource can be accessed by a quick registration at

3DN's e-learning modules have been specifically tailored to disability professionals and their unique role in providing support. Other modules available in this resource can be found here.

The e-learning site was launched in 2013 to educate people about intellectual disabilities and mental health. The modules have been developed by The Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN) and funded by Ageing Disability and Home Care, Family and Community Services.


Our latest journal edition is ready! Volume 10, Issue 1, 2019

Welcome to our new journal edition, Volume 10, Issue 1 for 2019. This is a fairly large edition, with many useful and informative topics including;

Some personal guidelines for prescribing for the mental health needs of children and adolescents with intellectual disability and/or autism by Dr David Dossetor

The Medicine Cabinet: Pregabalin by Judy Longworth

A Pilot study of short-term outcomes of a community based weight management program for culturally diverse children with Intellectual Disability by Helen Ho, Leah Spink, Delfa Kaabi, Pankaj Garg, Denise Campbell, Gail Tomsic, Natalie Ong and Natalie Silove

Group Stepping Stones Triple P in Schools: An Evaluation of a Parenting Program for Children with Developmental Disabilities in the School Setting by Dr Phil Ray, Dr David Dossetor, Jodie Caruana, Lisa Gomes, Hebah Saleh & Lesley Whatson

Differences in Side-effects in Autism by Dr Helen Puusepp-Benazzouz

Book Review: Girls and Autism: Educational, Family and

Personal Perspectives Reviewed by Dr David Dossetor 

We hope you enjoy this edition and welcome any feedback or contributions. Happy reading!


Children with intellectual disabilities and emotion regulation study

Mary Girgis is a psychologist attempting to better understand how children with intellectual disabilities regulate their emotions, and how emotion regulation can impact their mental health. 
This Univeristy of Technology Sydney study is currently looking to interview parents of children with an intellectual disability between the ages of 4-18, with an aim of discussing how your child regulates their emotions. All participants are reimbursed $20 Coles-Myer gift voucher for their time. There is also an opportunity for children to participate in a focus group, which will include a brief reading and language comprehension assessment.  
If you are interested in participating, please register your interest here:
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Mary either via email at or via phone on 0466971432.  



Well-being Research Invitation

We are seeking expressions of interest from NSW high schools with support classes for students with an intellectual disability to participate in our well-being research. 

Our research called “WellSEQ-English Version Project” aims to research the translation and feasibility of an English version of the Swedish Well-being in Special Education Questionnaire (WellSEQ), a self-report tool for adolescents with intellectual and developmental disability. This project has been approved by Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network Human Research Ethics Committee approval # HREC/18/SCHN/549 and the State Education Research Approval Process (SERAP) #2019081. 

Please read more here and then you can complete the survey below to register your interest. We will be in contact shortly after the closing date of 17/06/19. 

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