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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.


For Parents and Carers


Guidelines on Pathways to Care

This guideline is intended to assist parents and carers to mnake sense of the system which exists to support them and their child with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour and/ or mental health problems at different ages and stages.

Association for Children with a Disability

The Association for Children with a Disability (Victoria) has released The 7th edition of Through the Maze onlineThrough the Maze booklet English (3 MB PDF). It includes information about services and supports for children with a disability and their families living in Victoria. Although Victorian based it has a good overview of the types of services available. This document is also in Arabic, Chinese and Vietnamese. You can order a similar NSW version through the NSW Office


NSW Respite Camps for Teenagers with an Intellectual Disability

These camps provided by Sports and Recreation and Ageing, Disability and Home Care offer teenagers aged 13 to 17 years with an intellectual disability the opportunity to attend a Sport and Recreation Centre where they’ll experience new and challenging outdoor activities, develop self-esteem and social living skills and make new friends. Camps will be made available to teens who may otherwise have limited access to leisure and recreational activities. Some weekend camps are also available for siblings of teens with a disability.

How to apply: For more information click on this pdf link and ask to speak to the respite camps coordinator/Intake Officer from Ageing, Disability and Home Care in your Region.


Community Organsiations:

Northcott Disability Services - NSW & ACT

Baptist Community Services - NSW & ACT (BCS)



Sex Education Tips for Parents

Sex education for children with intellectual disabilities - tips for parents - Better Health Channel
Sexuality education for children with intellectual disabilities can help them stay safe and prevent sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancy. Tips and suggestions for parents on how to provide information about sexuality to children with intellectual disabilities are available.


Transition out of school guides

The National Disability Coordination Officer Program has produced a series of booklets to help with transition out of school.

Planning for life after school is often called transition planning. Young people make many transitions as they move into adulthood – these might include starting a new job or a new course, moving house or getting married. Making transitions is exciting, but can also be challenging. People who plan their transitions well, with help where needed, are likely to have a better outcome than those who don't. There are lots of decisions and preparations that all young people have to make when planning for transition. There are also some extra things that young people with a disability should consider, and some additional support that can help them to plan well for life after school. As a parent or carer, there are also lots of things you can do to help your young person prepare.