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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.

Project Update June 2022

DARE Disability Support and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District are working together to create solutions to improve communication in hospitals for people [...]

Project Update April 2022

The project is pleased to provide the first update for 2022. As the project ticks along behind the scenes, COVID-19 has certainly been an [...]

Newsletter Update December 2021

Welcome to the latest newsletter update from the My Health My Communication Project. A summary of what's inside: What has been completed Next [...]

Project Update June 2022

DARE Disability Support and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District are working together to create solutions to improve communication in hospitals for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. DID YOU KNOW? Almost 60% of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have severe communication limitations. People with intellectual and [...]

Hospitals only note a person’s intellectual disability 20% of the time – so they don’t adjust their care

People with intellectual disability only have their disability noted by hospital staff in one in every five hospital admissions, a new study shows. Recognising someone has a disability is critical to their care. This finding helps explain why many people with intellectual disability do not get hospital care that best meets their needs.

News

Read about the latest updates from the project here.

News

Read about the latest updates from the project here.

Project Update June 2022

DARE Disability Support and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District are working together to create solutions to improve communication in hospitals for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. DID YOU KNOW? Almost 60% of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have severe communication limitations. People with intellectual and [...]

Hospitals only note a person’s intellectual disability 20% of the time – so they don’t adjust their care

People with intellectual disability only have their disability noted by hospital staff in one in every five hospital admissions, a new study shows. Recognising someone has a disability is critical to their care. This finding helps explain why many people with intellectual disability do not get hospital care that best meets their needs.

Project Update June 2022

DARE Disability Support and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District are working together to create solutions to improve communication in hospitals for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. DID YOU KNOW? Almost 60% of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have severe communication limitations. People with intellectual and [...]

Hospitals only note a person’s intellectual disability 20% of the time – so they don’t adjust their care

People with intellectual disability only have their disability noted by hospital staff in one in every five hospital admissions, a new study shows. Recognising someone has a disability is critical to their care. This finding helps explain why many people with intellectual disability do not get hospital care that best meets their needs.

News

Read about the latest updates from the project here.

News

Read about the latest updates from the project here.

Project Update June 2022

DARE Disability Support and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District are working together to create solutions to improve communication in hospitals for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. DID YOU KNOW? Almost 60% of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have severe communication limitations. People with intellectual and [...]

Hospitals only note a person’s intellectual disability 20% of the time – so they don’t adjust their care

People with intellectual disability only have their disability noted by hospital staff in one in every five hospital admissions, a new study shows. Recognising someone has a disability is critical to their care. This finding helps explain why many people with intellectual disability do not get hospital care that best meets their needs.

Project Update June 2022

DARE Disability Support and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District are working together to create solutions to improve communication in hospitals for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. DID YOU KNOW? Almost 60% of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have severe communication limitations. People with intellectual and [...]

Hospitals only note a person’s intellectual disability 20% of the time – so they don’t adjust their care

People with intellectual disability only have their disability noted by hospital staff in one in every five hospital admissions, a new study shows. Recognising someone has a disability is critical to their care. This finding helps explain why many people with intellectual disability do not get hospital care that best meets their needs.

Get Involved!

If you would like to be involved in the project or have any questions, fill in the form below and we’ll be in touch.

You can get involved in the project at any time. This may include providing stories, allowing us to interview you, or just being placed on our email list to get regular updates.

Get Involved!

If you would like to be involved in the project or have any questions, fill in the form below and we’ll be in touch.

You can get involved in the project at any time. This may include providing stories, allowing us to interview you, or just being placed on our email list to get regular updates.

    Get Involved!

    If you would like to be involved in the project or have any questions, fill in the form below and we’ll be in touch.

    You can get involved in the project at any time. This may include providing stories, allowing us to interview you, or just being placed on our email list to get regular updates.