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.



The Right Foot Project

DirtyFeet is excited to present The Right Foot Project- contemporary dance workshops for people with and without disability. Flyer available here.

In September 2012, DirtyFeet is presenting “The Right Foot Project”- workshops for people with and without disability. The workshops are supported by the Ian Potter Foundation, the City of Sydney and Accessible Arts.

Led by experienced dance maker Sarah-Vyne Vassallo, the workshops will develop a small creative dance work over two days. Dancers will explore new devised movement within a collaborative environment.

When: Saturday 22 and 29 September

Time: 10am - 1.30pm - Both days. Sharing 29 September 1pm

Where: Redfern Town Hall. 73 Pitt St, Redfern. Close to central train station (accessible) and Redfern train station.

Access: Open to all levels of ability 12-26 years. Suitable for low to moderate support needs. Accessible lift and toilet. Street parking

Cost: Free, limited places. Registration essential: m: 0438 325 943


Services for Children and Young People with ID in South East Sydney

South East Sydney Local Health District School-Link has created a directory of services and pathways to mental health care for all children and adolescents, including those with an intellectual disabilty. The document Child, Adolescent and Youth Mental Health & Counselling Pathways: South East Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) can be downloaded by clicking on the link.


Intellectual Disability Forum Sydney 15 November 2012

Les White and Maria Heaton, Co-Chairs of the ACI Intellectual Disability (ID) Network, would like to invite all Network members and interested people to the annual Intellectual Disability Forum.

The ID Network includes people from a wide range of interest. Come and hear what the subcommittees have been achieving, the work of the Tier 4 pilots and share your ideas on where we are heading from here.

The Forum will be opened by The Hon. Jillian Skinner, Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research. Guest Speaker is Professor Eric Emerson.

DATE November 15, 2012

VENUE North Sydney Education and Conference Centre, Macquarie Hospital, North Ryde

TIME 8am–1.30pm (light lunch included)

Click here for the full forum brochure and rsvp details.




Latest CHW School-Link Newsletter now online!

The August 2012 edition of our newsletter (volume 3 issue 2) on mental health and intellectual disability in children and adolescents is now available. Highlights include:

  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): Raising awareness of a preventable disability in our midst by Associate Professor David Dossetor
  • Neglect and the Developing Brain by Dr Phil Ray
  • Play Therapy and the Yellow Brick Road by Kellie van Sebille
  • Conference reviews, upcoming training and much more.

Happy reading!!


New resource: Getting young people with disabilities ready for study and work: A guide for parents

The National Disability Coordination Officer Program  are pleased to promote the latest in the “Get Ready” range of resources - Getting young people with disabilities ready for study and work: A guide for parents. This resource aims to support parents and carers of young people with disability through the process of transition from high school into post-secondary education, training and work. 

The resource was developed from evidence from research and best practice. Across the country over 120 NDCOs, parents, educators and other stakeholders contributed to the design and development of the resource and we extend our thanks to those who gave their time and expertise.
The Guide, including a range of supplementary factsheets, includes comprehensive content on topics such as:

  • top ten tips for parents and carers;
  • explanation of the transition process and elements of good transition planning;
  • advice on the positive roles parents can play during transition, navigating their changing parental roles during the process, overcoming common transition barriers; and working constructively with professionals involved;
  • overall description of post-school pathways, how to access disability support and where to find more information; and
  • facts on disability and privacy rights and responsibilities of young people with a disability.      

The Guide, and the 13 supplementary fact sheets, are all available for free download from our website at - check it out today!