SA Intellectual Disability Health Service Information
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SA Intellectual Disability Health Service (SAIDHS) promotes the need for a comprehensive annual health assessment for people with an intellectual disability to support health screening, health promotion and identify unmet health needs The Comprehensive Health Assessment Programme (CHAP), is a validated tool completed in partnership with the person with intellectual disability, key support people and a GP.
The GP Psychiatry Support Line is a free service to GPs within the Adelaide Primary Health Network (PHN) area to support the care of mental health consumers. The service does not provide a triage or referral service, rather assists with keeping consumers whose conditions are able to be treated within primary care under the care of their GP.
Advice provided can help GPs with diagnosis, identifying appropriate investigations, medication management and implementation of a safety plan.
The service will respond to enquiries within 24 hours (Monday-Friday except public holidays).
To access the service, GPs will need to complete a once off 2-minute registration process with their AHPRA Registration Number and practice details.
The My Health Information (for when I go to hospital) document has been designed in South Australia to improve the experience of going to hospital for people with intellectual disability. The document is written in Easy Read and designed to be completed by a person with intellectual disability with the support of someone they trust and know well, such as a family member, carer or guardian. It is designed to support people with intellectual disability communicate to hospital staff:
If you are providing care for someone with intellectual disability who is likely to require hospital care in the future, consider providing them with this document to complete and take with them when accessing hospital care.