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Level 6/410 Church St, North Parramatta
9am-5pm Monday - Thursday
T: 9841 444

Monday, 18 February 2013

Northern Sydney Intellectual Disability Health Team

The Northern Sydney Intellectual Disability Health Team's clinic at Cremorne was launched last week.  Information from the clinic brochure:

Click here to download the
brochure as a .pdf
- it includes
a location map and transport
People with intellectual disability often have more health problems than others in the general community. Many health needs can be met by a person’s General Practitioner, but sometimes a specialised approach is needed.

Northern Intellectual Disability Health is a multidisciplinary health service for school aged children, adolescents and adults with intellectual disability and complex health needs. It is one of three specialised clinical service pilots established by the NSW Ministry of Health.

This service, operated by the Centre for Disability Studies (University of Sydney), provides medical and health consultations, advice and referrals. The service is funded by Northern Sydney Local Health District.

The service works in conjunction with the person’s General Practitioner and/or paediatrician, other health services and disability service providers to ensure coordinated, high quality health care.

People with intellectual disability who live in the Northern Sydney Local Health District are eligible to be seen at the clinic. 

Clinic Director: 
Dr Seeta Durvasula

Clinical Nurse Consultant: 
Ms Natalie Duckworth

Clinic Coordinator: 
Ms Elizabeth Hammond

Enquiries and appointments:
Ms Elizabeth Hammond, Clinic Coordinator
02 8968 3400

Monday-Thursday, 8.00am - 4.00pm 

What happens at the clinic
School aged children, adolescents or adults with intellectual disability and complex health needs are seen at the clinic. A referral from a paediatrician or general practitioner (GP) is required.

People referred to the clinic are usually seen first by one of the doctors for a full health assessment. They may also be seen by a psychologist or other health professionals of the service.

If needed, tests are ordered and referrals made to other medical specialists and health professionals. Health care plans can be developed for those who live independently or with their families.

A comprehensive report with recommendations will be sent to the person and /or their family, GP and/or paediatrician. With the person’s permission, reports may also be sent to other involved professionals. The service will link with local health and disability services to coordinate the person’s health care.

Clinics and Services 
  • Medical Clinics for school aged children and adults 
  • Transition Clinics for adolescents moving from paediatric to adult health services 
  • Health care planning and coordination  
  • Psychology assessment and counselling  
  • Psychiatry consultation and treatment  
  • Oral health assessment and advice  
  • Nutrition assessment and advice  
  • Therapy assessment and advice 
  •  Education and group sessions

The Centre for Disability Studies also operates the NSW Developmental Disability Health Unit, a specialist clinic at Ryde

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