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.



Have your say about a program to treat anxiety for children with a mild intellectual disability

Northcott and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) have developed a new program to treat anxiety in children with mild intellectual disability. They are looking for feedback on the program and welcome input from the following groups of people:

- Professionals (e.g. teachers, speech patholog​ists, psychologists, psychiatrists) who work with children with mild intellectual disability​​

- Parents of children with mild intellectual disability

Participants will be asked to participate in a focus group that should take no more than 1-2 hours. Participants have the option of attending a group at Ultimo or Parramatta.

Please see the attached flyer for more information about this exciting development for children with a mild intellectual disability.


Free Seminars for Parents of Children with a Disability in NSW

Stepping Stones Triple P Seminars are being delivered free throughout NSW. At this three part seminar you will hear about the following topics:
     -Positive Parenting for Children with a Disability
     -Helping your Child reach their Potential
     -Changing Problem Behaviour into Positive Behaviour

To find a Stepping Stones Triple P Parenting seminar near you click on this link.

What is Stepping Stones Triple P?

For parents of children with a disability, everyday issues come with extra challenges. But there is help. Stepping Stones Triple P is a parenting program that supports families of children with special needs (aged 2-12 years of age).

Stepping Stones gives you the skills you need to manage misbehaviour and developmental issues common in children with disabilities, and prevent problems from happening in the first place.

From mealtime tantrums to supermarket meltdowns, from bedtime dramas to outright disobedience, Stepping Stones helps you sort through the issues that affect families of children with a disability.

And you can be confident that Stepping Stones can really work. It’s part of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program, which has more than 30 years’ ongoing scientific research to back it up and is now used in more than 24 countries around the world.



Online course to improve healthcare for people with intellectual disability

More than 100 international experts from 17 countries have contributed to a world-first online course designed to improve healthcare for people with intellectual disability.

The ABLE XSeries, developed by a team of online learning specialists from The University of Queensland’s UQx and The Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability (QCIDD), was launched on World Down Syndrome Day, Monday 21 March.

The series of three Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) courses are designed to help those in the healthcare industry understand best practice for people with intellectual disability, and the impact for their families, disability organisations and health professionals.

The depth and breadth of the course provides new knowledge on interpersonal communication, physical health needs, health promotion, mental health and legal and ethical complexities, to name a few.

For more information or to register visit

Adapted from UQ. Read the full press release here:


Latest Journal Now Available

The latest Mental Health of Children and Young People with developmental and Intellectual Disabilities is now available. Highlights include:

*Violence in children and adolescents with an intellectual disability and the importance of safety by David Dossetor.
*Matthews’ story by Janine and Leonard.
*Responding to sexual behaviours of children and young people with an intellectual disability by Deborah Corfield and Lesley Whatson.
*Knowledge is light: an interview with Sue Foley.
*The medicine cabinet: Anxiety treatment when SSRI's fail by Judy Longworth.
*Current models of health service delivery for people with intellectual disability by Gianfranco Giuntoli, BJ Newton and Karen R. Fisher.


Emotion-Based Social Skills Facilitator Training in May 2016


Emotion-based Social Skills Facilitator Training for Children with High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome will be held on 19th and 20th May 2016
“Emotion-based Social Skills Training” (EBSST) is an innovative mental health promotion program developed at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead for children with High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, aged 8 to 12 years, their parents and teachers.
EBSST has been researched since 2004 and evaluated in over 300 Department of Education and Communities NSW public schools. Findings indicate improvements in children’s social and emotional skills up to 6 months after intervention, compared with children not receiving EBSST.
Emotion-based Social Skills Facilitator Training for ASD and Mild ID scheduled for 27th and 28th October 2016
For enquiries please contact Phuong Pham ( or Rebecca Low (
Ph: (02) 9845 2005 / Fax: (02) 9845 2009

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