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Get in touch with Project Manager, Kathryn Woods at any time on 0419 431 223 or via email at myhealthmycommunication@dareds.com.au.

Get in touch with Project Manager, Kathryn Woods at any time on 0419 431 223 or via email at myhealthmycommunication@dareds.com.au.

Get in touch with Project Manager, Kathryn Woods at any time on
0419 431 223
or via email at
myhealthmycommunication
@dareds.com.au
.

My Health My Communication

Almost 60% of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have severe communication limitations. This group experiences a large gap in their health outcomes compared to patients who do not have a disability.

This project is about working together to improve communication between health staff and people with intellectual disability, autism, acquired brain injury, and Down syndrome through updating current systems and providing resources, training, and advocacy.

My Health My Communication

Almost 60% of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have severe communication limitations. They may not understand the processes they go through when receiving health treatment.

Our project aims to improve health communication for staff and people with intellectual disability, acquired brain injury, autism or Down syndrome through updating current systems and providing resources, training, and advocacy.

My Health My Communication

Almost 60% of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have severe communication limitations. They may not understand the processes they go through when receiving health treatment.

Our project aims to improve health communication for staff and people with intellectual disability, acquired brain injury, autism or Down syndrome through updating current systems and providing resources, training, and advocacy.

About

In the 2018 Census, 286,000 Australians identified as having intellectual and development disabilities. Almost 60% of people with intellectual disability have severe communication limitations. As a result, many people with disability may not understand the admission, treatment or discharge process when requiring health treatment.

When communication breaks down, there is a great risk of harm to patients with disability, staff, other patients, and the general public when a patient does not follow their health treatment, or when their behaviours escalate due to distress. Improved communication can remove many of the barriers to optimal health treatment and can minimise distress significantly, leading to a substantial reduction of risk.

The project aims to develop communication strategies so people with intellectual disability, autism, Down syndrome and acquired brain injury have positive interactions and experiences of communication with health staff.

We aim for people with disabilities to be more involved in decisions about their care, including decisions regarding discharge, staff answering questions in an understandable way and staff listening.

About

In the 2018 Census, 286,000 Australians identified as having intellectual and development disabilities. Almost 60% of people with intellectual disability have severe communication limitations. As a result, many people with disability may not understand the admission, treatment or discharge process when requiring health treatment.

When communication breaks down, there is a great risk of harm to patients with disability, staff, other patients, and the general public when a patient does not follow their health treatment, or when their behaviours escalate due to distress. Improved communication can remove many of the barriers to optimal health treatment and can minimise distress significantly, leading to a substantial reduction of risk.

The project aims to develop communication strategies so people with intellectual disability, autism, Down syndrome and acquired brain injury have positive interactions and experiences of communication with health staff.

We aim for people with disabilities to be more involved in decisions about their care, including decisions regarding discharge, staff answering questions in an understandable way and staff listening.

About

In the 2018 Census, 286,000 Australians identified as having intellectual and development disabilities. Almost 60% of people with intellectual disability have severe communication limitations. As a result, many people with disability may not understand the admission, treatment or discharge process when requiring health treatment.

When communication breaks down, there is a great risk of harm to patients with disability, staff, other patients, and the general public when a patient does not follow their health treatment, or when their behaviours escalate due to distress. Improved communication can remove many of the barriers to optimal health treatment and can minimise distress significantly, leading to a substantial reduction of risk.

The project aims to develop communication strategies so people with intellectual disability, autism, Down syndrome and acquired brain injury have positive interactions and experiences of communication with health staff.

We aim for people with disabilities to be more involved in decisions about their care, including decisions regarding discharge, staff answering questions in an understandable way and staff listening.

News

Read about the latest updates from the project here.

News

Read about the latest updates from the project here.

My Health My Communication Newsletter Update June 2021

Welcome to our first newsletter! We are excited to publish our first newsletter update for the project! Over 160 participants have been involved to date and we greatly appreciate the time they have taken in sharing their stories. We thank all of our supporters and look forward to providing further updates as we progress so [...]

People with Disabilities are Leading a New Project to Improve Communication in Hospitals

Belinda grew up in the Blue Mountains and attended Nepean High School. When she was young she was hit by a car. This left her with a weak side, a limp, and brain damage. Working at DARE Disability Support is her first paid job. She loves what she does, loves talking, getting the work done, and helping people. [...]

Several Dignitaries Sign on to Back Project

DARE Disability Support has reached out to several notable community members to get involved with the Launch of the My Health My Communication project launch. Due to COVID-19, we have decided to use the launch of our website as our online launch platform. Keep an eye out over the coming weeks to find out more. [...]

My Health My Communication Newsletter Update June 2021

Welcome to our first newsletter! We are excited to publish our first newsletter update for the project! Over 160 participants have been involved to date and we greatly appreciate the time they have taken in sharing their stories. We thank all of our supporters and look forward to providing further updates as we progress so [...]

People with Disabilities are Leading a New Project to Improve Communication in Hospitals

Belinda grew up in the Blue Mountains and attended Nepean High School. When she was young she was hit by a car. This left her with a weak side, a limp, and brain damage. Working at DARE Disability Support is her first paid job. She loves what she does, loves talking, getting the work done, and helping people. [...]

Several Dignitaries Sign on to Back Project

DARE Disability Support has reached out to several notable community members to get involved with the Launch of the My Health My Communication project launch. Due to COVID-19, we have decided to use the launch of our website as our online launch platform. Keep an eye out over the coming weeks to find out more. [...]

News

Read about the latest updates from the project here.

News

Read about the latest updates from the project here.

My Health My Communication Newsletter Update June 2021

Welcome to our first newsletter! We are excited to publish our first newsletter update for the project! Over 160 participants have been involved to date and we greatly appreciate the time they have taken in sharing their stories. We thank all of our supporters and look forward to providing further updates as we progress so [...]

People with Disabilities are Leading a New Project to Improve Communication in Hospitals

Belinda grew up in the Blue Mountains and attended Nepean High School. When she was young she was hit by a car. This left her with a weak side, a limp, and brain damage. Working at DARE Disability Support is her first paid job. She loves what she does, loves talking, getting the work done, and helping people. [...]

Several Dignitaries Sign on to Back Project

DARE Disability Support has reached out to several notable community members to get involved with the Launch of the My Health My Communication project launch. Due to COVID-19, we have decided to use the launch of our website as our online launch platform. Keep an eye out over the coming weeks to find out more. [...]

My Health My Communication Newsletter Update June 2021

Welcome to our first newsletter! We are excited to publish our first newsletter update for the project! Over 160 participants have been involved to date and we greatly appreciate the time they have taken in sharing their stories. We thank all of our supporters and look forward to providing further updates as we progress so [...]

People with Disabilities are Leading a New Project to Improve Communication in Hospitals

Belinda grew up in the Blue Mountains and attended Nepean High School. When she was young she was hit by a car. This left her with a weak side, a limp, and brain damage. Working at DARE Disability Support is her first paid job. She loves what she does, loves talking, getting the work done, and helping people. [...]

Several Dignitaries Sign on to Back Project

DARE Disability Support has reached out to several notable community members to get involved with the Launch of the My Health My Communication project launch. Due to COVID-19, we have decided to use the launch of our website as our online launch platform. Keep an eye out over the coming weeks to find out more. [...]

News

Read about the latest updates from the project here.

News

Read about the latest updates from the project here.

My Health My Communication Newsletter Update June 2021

Welcome to our first newsletter! We are excited to publish our first newsletter update for the project! Over 160 participants have been involved to date and we greatly appreciate the time they have taken in sharing their stories. We thank all of our supporters and look forward to providing further updates as we progress so [...]

People with Disabilities are Leading a New Project to Improve Communication in Hospitals

Belinda grew up in the Blue Mountains and attended Nepean High School. When she was young she was hit by a car. This left her with a weak side, a limp, and brain damage. Working at DARE Disability Support is her first paid job. She loves what she does, loves talking, getting the work done, and helping people. [...]

Several Dignitaries Sign on to Back Project

DARE Disability Support has reached out to several notable community members to get involved with the Launch of the My Health My Communication project launch. Due to COVID-19, we have decided to use the launch of our website as our online launch platform. Keep an eye out over the coming weeks to find out more. [...]

My Health My Communication Newsletter Update June 2021

Welcome to our first newsletter! We are excited to publish our first newsletter update for the project! Over 160 participants have been involved to date and we greatly appreciate the time they have taken in sharing their stories. We thank all of our supporters and look forward to providing further updates as we progress so [...]

People with Disabilities are Leading a New Project to Improve Communication in Hospitals

Belinda grew up in the Blue Mountains and attended Nepean High School. When she was young she was hit by a car. This left her with a weak side, a limp, and brain damage. Working at DARE Disability Support is her first paid job. She loves what she does, loves talking, getting the work done, and helping people. [...]

Several Dignitaries Sign on to Back Project

DARE Disability Support has reached out to several notable community members to get involved with the Launch of the My Health My Communication project launch. Due to COVID-19, we have decided to use the launch of our website as our online launch platform. Keep an eye out over the coming weeks to find out more. [...]

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