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Intellectual disability

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Bourke J, Nembhard WN, Wong K, Leonard H (2017)

Twenty-five year survival of children with intellectual disability in Western Australia.

The Journal of Pediatrics; Article in Press( 1-10

Fairthorne J, de Klerk N, Leonard HM, Schieve LA, Yeargin-Allsopp M (2017)

Maternal race-ethnicity, immigrant status, country of birth, and the odds of a child with autism.

Child Neurology Open; 4: PMC5417283

Retrieved 12 January 2017 from

Reid N, Dawe S, Harnett P, Shelton D, Hutton L, O’Callaghan F (2017)

Feasibility study of a family-focused intervention to improve outcomes for children with FASD.

Research in Developmental Disabilities; 67(August 2017): 34-46

Shepherd SM, Ogloff JRP, Paradies Y, Pfeifer J (2017)

Aboriginal prisoners with cognitive impairment: is this the highest risk group?.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology


Balaratnasingam S, Roy M (2015)

Intellectual disability in Indigenous Australians: issues and challenges.

Australasian Psychiatry; 23(6): 641-643

Bhandari A, van Dooren K, Eastgate G, Lennox N, Kinner SA (2015)

Comparison of social circumstances, substance use and substance-related harm in soon-to-be-released prisoners with and without intellectual disability.

Journal of Intellectual Disability Research; 59(6): 571-579


Dudgeon P, Milroy H, Walker R, eds. (2014)

Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice.

Canberra: Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet

This book was developed as an information source for health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with social and emotional wellbeing issues. The book contains comprehensive and culturally appropriate information to educate and assist health professionals who work with Indigenous clients.

The book is divided into six parts:

  • history and contexts
  • issues and influences
  • standards, principles and practice
  • assessment and management
  • working with children, families and communities
  • healing models and programs.

Many of the book chapters were authored by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Indigenous artwork features throughout the book.

Telethon Kids Institute abstract

Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (2014)

Accessible mental health services for people with an intellectual disability: a guide for providers.

Sydney: Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry

Haysom L, Indig D, Moore E, Gaskin C (2014)

Intellectual disability in young people in custody in New South Wales, Australia - prevalence and markers.

Journal of Intellectual Disability Research; 58(11): 1004–1014

Iacono T, Bigby C, Unsworth C, Douglas J, Fitzpatrick P (2014)

A systematic review of hospital experiences of people with intellectual disability.

BMC Health Services Research; 14: 505

Retrieved 25 October 2014 from

Roy M, Balaratnasingam S (2014)

Intellectual disability and Indigenous Australians: an overview.

Asia-Pacific Psychiatry; 6(4): 363–372

Trollor J (2014)

Making mental health services accessible to people with an intellectual disability.

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry; 48(5): 395-398


Baldry E, Clarence M, Dowse L, Trollor J (2013)

Reducing vulnerability to harm in adults with cognitive disabilities in the Australian criminal justice system.

Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities; 10(3): 222-229

Bohanna I, Catherall J, Dingwall K (2013)

Ensuring Indigenous Australians with acquired brain injuries have equitable access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 37(6): 587

This article contains recommendations for the delivery of culturally competent, accessible, transparent, valid and accurate assessment processes to be put in place for Indigenous Australians living with an acquired brain injury, in order to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The focus of the article recommends that assessment meets the identified need and concerted effort and funding be directed toward developing valid methods for assessing cognitive function in Indigenous Australians, to ensure that those who need it most can access NDIS benefits.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Dias S, Ware RS, Kinner SA, Lennox NG (2013)

Physical health outcomes in prisoners with intellectual disability: a cross-sectional study.

Journal of Intellectual Disability Research; 57(12): 1191–1196

MacGillivray P, Baldry E (2013)

Indigenous Australians, mental and cognitive impairment and the criminal justice system: a complex web.

Indigenous Law Bulletin; 8(9): November/December 2013

National Mental Health Commission (2013)

A contributing life: the 2013 national report card on mental health and suicide prevention.

Sydney: National Mental Health Commission

This second annual report card from the National Mental Health Commission on mental health and suicide prevention in Australia builds upon the first report card A contributing life: the 2012 national report card on mental health and suicide prevention.

The report is divided into the following chapters:

  • letters to the Prime Minister
  • reporting back and looking forward
  • thriving, not just surviving
  • maintaining connections with family, friends and culture
  • ensuring effective care, support and treatment
  • something meaningful to do
  • feeling safe, stable and secure
  • preventing suicide.

This report includes eight new recommendations which build upon the 10 existing recommendations from the 2012 report. These recommendations are aimed at achieving the best possible health and wellbeing for all Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

O'Leary C, Leonard H, Bourke J, D'Antoine H, Bartu A, Bower C (2013)

Intellectual disability: population-based estimates of the proportion attributable to maternal alcohol use disorder during pregnancy.

Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology; 55(3): 271–277

Ogloff JRP, Patterson J, Cutajar M, Adams K, Thomas S, Halacas C (2013)

Koori Prisoner Mental Health and Cognitive Function Study: final report.

Melbourne: Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Purcal C, Newton BJ, Fisher KR, Eastman C, Mears T, SmithM, Gibson S (2013)

School readiness program for Aboriginal children with additional needs: working with children, families, communities and service providers. Interim evaluation report.

Sydney: Social Policy Research Centre

Rowley M (2013)

The invisible client: people with cognitive impairments in the Northern Territory’s Court of Summary Jurisdiction.

Alice Springs: Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service

Sowerwine S, Schetzer L (2013)

Sentencing contradictions: difficulties faced by people living with mental illness in contact with the criminal justice system.

Sydney: Public Interest Advocacy Centre

Vanlint SJ (2013)

Community perspectives on vitamin D and bone health in three at-risk populations.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of Adelaide: Adelaide


Allan J, Kemp M, Golden A (2012)

The prevalence of cognitive impairment in a rural in-patient substance misuse treatment programme.

Mental Health and Substance Use; 5(4): 303-313

Law Report (2012)

Indefinite detention and mental impairment in NT [podcast].

: Radio National

This podcast was produced by the Law Report program on Radio National. The topic of the podcast is the criminal justice situation in the Northern Territory, in particular custodial supervision orders, legislation which allows some offenders who have an intellectual or mental impairment to be detained indefinitely in prisons. Mark O'Reilly, the principal legal officer at the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service, is interviewed in this podcast.

Abstract adapted from Radio National

New South Wales Law Reform Commission (2012)

People with cognitive and mental health impairments in the criminal justice system: diversion.

Sydney: New South Wales Law Reform Commission

Standing Council of Health (2012)

Mental health statement of rights and responsibilities 2012.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

Last updated: 26 February 2018
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