“Across Australia too many people with intellectual disability are dying too young and from preventable causes and we are not doing enough to fix this problem.”
Shu Hua Chan, Chairperson, Council for Intellectual Disability.
CID has joined with our national organisation Inclusion Australia to launch the “Our Health Counts – End Deadly Disability Discrimination” campaign across Australia.
Down Syndrome Australia, the Australian Association of Developmental Disability Medicine and the Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (UNSW) have joined the campaign too.
There are more than 450,000 people with intellectual disability in Australia.*
Together, people with intellectual disability and their families number over 2 million.
Up to half the deaths of people with intellectual disability are preventable.
People with intellectual disability die 27 years earlier than the general population.
Health professionals face challenges communicating with and treating people with intellectual disability.
On 29 April Labor’s Shadow Minister for Health, Catherine King announced a $9.5 million commitment to improving health services for people with intellectual disability. $6.3 million will be allocated across four Primary Health Networks for a 3 year pilot project and $3.2 million to develop, trial and evaluate a 'toolkit' on intellectual disability health care for student doctors and nurses.
The Greens have made a full implementation funding commitment of $50 million.
Minister Greg Hunt, Minister for Health has committed to a roundtable “ to inform consideration of action” but we also want a funding commitment from the Coalition which at least matches Labor’s $9.5 million.
120 eminent health professionals, academics and community leaders have now signed an Open Letter calling on all political parties to address the health inequalities experienced by people with intellectual disability. Read our open letter and see who signed.
39 peak bodies and key organisations have endorsed our campaign, including the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. See a list of endorsing organisations.
Phone or email the Federal Minister for Health the Hon. Greg Hunt MP. Please thank the Minister for his commitment to a roundtable and ask him to also make a funding commitment of at least $9.5 million to devote to action over the next 3 years.
The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Minister for Health
(02) 6277 7220
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