The NSW Ministry of Health (the Ministry) is working to improve services for people who live with both intellectual disability and mental health needs. Improvements are targeting both mainstream and specialist mental health services. The Ministry aims to improve access to, and quality of, these services.

As part of this work, the Ministry commissioned the Social Policy Research Centre UNSW (SPRC) to consult with people and professionals in the mental health and disability sectors. The findings from the consultations will inform an Intellectual Disability Mental Health (IDMH) Strategy.

This five-year Strategy will support NSW Health to plan future services and policy to meet the needs of people with intellectual disability and cooccurring mental health problems.

SPRC conducted the consultations from May to July 2022.

This final report of the consultation project summarises the findings from the consultations and highlights implications for the content and implementation process of the IDMH Strategy.

The findings are presented under the following headings:

  • Access
  • Quality
  • Quality improvement
  • Collaboration
  • Inclusive design
  • Digital care
  • Priorities and complex needs.

The findings have implications for the following areas:

  • Capacity building
  • Including people with lived experience
  • Practical resources and referral pathways
  • Guidelines and expectations with accountability measures
  • Data.

Details are presented in this report.

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