A support person and a person with a disability having a discussion over coffee

My Health My Communication

This website provides information on the My Health My Communication project.
This project is about finding ways to support good communication for people with disability and healthcare workers at hospital.

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.

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My Health My Communication

This website provides information on the My Health My Communication project.
This project is about finding ways to support good communication for people with disability and healthcare workers at hospital.

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.

A support person and a person with a disability having a discussion over coffee
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Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District logo

About the Project

In 2019, DARE Disability Support and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District had an idea for a project to improve communication for people with a disability.

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.

DARE Disability Support Logo
Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District logo

About the Project

In 2019, DARE Disability Support and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District had an idea for a project to improve communication for people with a disability.

About the project

In 2019, DARE Disability Support and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District had an idea for a project to improve communication for people with a disability.

DARE Disability Support Logo
Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District logo
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The project is being paid for by the Department of Social Services for the next three years through an Information Linkages and Capacity Building Grant.

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.

Department of Social Services Logo

The project is being paid for by the Department of Social Services for the next three years through an Information Linkages and Capacity Building Grant.

The project is being paid for by the Department of Social Services for the next three years through an Information Linkages and Capacity Building grant.

Department of Social Services Logo
Person with Disability Smiling

If you are a person with an intellectual disability, autism, acquired brain injury, or Down syndrome, this project is about you. We want you to help us show people how to communicate better with you.

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.

If you are a person with an intellectual disability, autism, acquired brain injury, or Down syndrome, this project is about you. We want you to help us show people how to communicate better with you.

If you are a person with an intellectual disability, autism, acquired brain injury, or Down syndrome, this project is about you. We want you to help us show people how to communicate better with you.

Person with Disability Smiling

If you support or work with people with a disability your involvement is also very important.

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.

If you support or work with people with a disability your involvement is also very important.

If you support or work with people with a disability your involvement is also very important.

A nurse explaining something to a patient and their supporter

We know that communication is important when going to hospital. We also know that people with a disability find it hard to communicate with doctors and nurses because of the way they share information.

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.

We know that communication is important when going to hospital. We also know that people with a disability find it hard to communication with doctors and nurses because of the way they share information.

We know that communication is important when going to hospital. We also know that people with a disability find it hard to communicate with doctors and nurses because of the way they share information.

A nurse explaining something to a patient and their supporter
A doctor talking to a patient in a wheelchair

This is a problem as people with disabilities need good healthcare, like everyone. They need to understand what is going to happen. They also need to have their rights and choices respected and understood.

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.

This is a problem as people with disabilities need good healthcare, like everyone. They need to understand what is going to happen. They also need to have their rights and choices respected and understood.

This is a problem as people with disabilities need good healthcare, like everyone. They need to understand what is going to happen. They also need to have their rights and choices respected and understood.

A doctor talking to a patient in a wheelchair
A lady taking notes from a discussion with a man in a wheelchair

For this project, we want to hear from people with disabilities, and their supporters; including carers, paid support workers, therapists and healthcare workers.

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.

For this project, we want to hear from people with disabilities, and their supporters; including carers, paid support workers, therapists and healthcare workers.

For this project, we want to hear from people with disabilities, and their supporters; including carers, paid support workers, therapists and healthcare workers.

A lady taking notes from a discussion with a man in a wheelchair
A man in a wheelchair and another man high fiving

We want to understand more about the communication needs of people with a disability and find new ways to improve communication in our local hospitals.

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.

We want to understand more about the communication needs of people with a disability and find new ways to improve communication in our local hospitals.

We want to understand more about the communication needs of people with a disability and find new ways to improve communication in our local hospitals.

A man in a wheelchair and another man high fiving
A person with a disability and a lady having a discussion

There are lots of ways we can communicate. We want to know how you like to communicate best.

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.

There are lots of ways we can communicate. We want to know how you like to communicate best.

There are lots of ways we can communicate. We want to know how you like to communicate best.

A person with a disability and a lady having a discussion

We would also like to talk to you about the last time you went to hospital. You can tell us about what happened, what you liked, how people talked to you, and any ideas you have that would make hospital better for you.

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.

We would also like to talk to you about the last time you went to hospital. You can tell us about what happened, what you liked, how people talked to you, and any ideas you have that would make hospital better for you.

We would also like to talk to you about the last time you went to hospital. You can tell us about what happened, what you liked, how people talked to you, and any ideas you have that would make hospital better for you.

Nurses filling out paperwork

We are also going to talk to health care workers from our local hospital to get their ideas too.

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.

We are also going to talk to health care workers from our local hospital to get their ideas too.

We are also going to talk to health care workers from our local hospital to get their ideas too.

Nurses filling out paperwork
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Your story can help us. If you would like to talk, Kathryn Woods will make a time to meet you soon.

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.

Your story can help us. If you would like to talk, Kathryn Woods will make a time to meet you soon.

Your story can help us. If you would like to talk, Kathryn Woods will make a time to meet you soon.

A picture of Kathryn Woods smiling