Centre for Disability Health

Easy Read - Centre for Disability Health service information (PDF 936KB)

The Centre for Disability Health (CDH) is a statewide, non-crisis service which provides advice, assessment and consultation for adults with intellectual disability and complex needs. The service includes specialised general practitioner and psychiatry services, supported by specialised nursing staff.

CDH aims to support mainstream medical and other health professionals provide health care to persons with intellectual disability and complex needs through provision of specialised advice and assessment, training and education.

The service is located at the Ingle Farm Recreation Centre, approximately 30 minutes north east of the Adelaide CBD, in a wheelchair accessible and quiet location.

Who do we see

People accepted to the service will be adults with intellectual disability and/or significant developmental disability who have heightened levels of complexity as a result of one or more of the following:

  • Mental illness or suspected mental illness
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Severe or profound communication and/or behavioural issues
  • Other disabilities or health conditions
  • Other complexities or issues which have not been able to be managed in mainstream services.

Please note that CDH does NOT provide the following services:

  • emergency or crisis service
  • ongoing medical or psychiatric management
  • IQ assessments
  • case management

What do we do

CDH provides second opinion and/or comprehensive assessment and planning to support ongoing care in the community by existing services. Plans are developed in liaison with families, current service providers and carers, and short term follow-up is provided by CDH if required.

Individuals can be re-referred to the service if their medical or health needs change.

Services are generally provided at clinics based at the CDH site at Ingle Farm. However, we can also provide telephone advice, home visits, telehealth and regional clinics based on patient need, staff availability and service demand.

How do you make a referral

The person’s GP or other medical specialist can make a referral addressed to either the CDH specialist GP or Psychiatrist via mail, fax, email or telephone. Self-referrals to the CDH specialist GP can also be accepted if the person does not have access to their own GP.

Referrals should address the above acceptance criteria and include a comprehensive medical history including discussion of investigations and current treatments.

New referrals will require completion of a detailed Pre-Appointment Questionnaire (PAQ) by the CDH Clinic Nurse prior to the appointment. The Clinic Nurse will contact the person’s family, carer, nominated support person and/or GP to obtain additional information as needed to complete this form.

Please contact CDH if you require more information about referral or acceptance criteria, or if you are seeking telephone advice from one of the clinicians.


Hours: Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 4.30 pm
Phone: 08 8257 7300
Fax: 08 8257 7399
Email: HealthCentreforDisabilityHealth@sa.gov.au 


Centre for Disability Health
Ingle Farm Recreation Centre
3/58 Beovich Road
Ingle Farm, SA 5098

Parking, including accessible parking, is available in the visitor’s carpark directly in front of the centre. Enter the front main entrance to the Recreation Centre via steps or ramp, and turn immediately left to access CDH.

Public Transport

Bus stop 42 on Beovich Rd is directly outside the Recreation Centre, and is serviced by bus numbers 203, 203F, 209F, 203B (North side only) and 565 (South side only).

News Update - SA Intellectual Disability Health Service - Model of Care

In partnership with consumers, carers and the community, SA Health has developed a new SA Intellectual Disability Health Service Model of Care (PDF 1MB) and My Health Information (PDF 1.12MB) resource.

The Model of Care was developed to improve the way we deliver healthcare for people with intellectual disability and complex health needs or behaviours in South Australia.

The My Health Information resource was developed to support people with intellectual disability to communicate their needs and preferences to healthcare staff while in hospital. Both of these will be implemented over the next couple of years with the support of an Implementation Committee which will help to ensure that the new Model and all of its components can be implemented across South Australia.

The Centre for Disability Health will play a central role in this new Model of Care and once the Model is implemented will be renamed the SA Intellectual Disability Health Service (SAIDHS).

This new Model of Care will improve access to compassionate, high quality health services and support improved health outcomes for people with intellectual disability in South Australia.

A Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 140KB) document has been prepared to explain the new Model and what it means for people with intellectual disability and their families and carers as well as what it means for clinicians and service providers across South Australia.

This page will be updated on progress towards implementation of the new Model of Care, when it becomes available.