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Health care for people with intellectual disability

Kathryn A Vanny, Michael H Levy, Susan C Hayes, Nicholas G Lennox and Miriam T Taylor
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (2): 90.
Published online: 21 July 2008

To the Editor: General practitioners play an influential role in the improved health care of people with intellectual disability (ID) through assessment, diagnosis, and development and maintenance of health plans. GPs also help patients access specialist health care and community-based services.1 Recent initiatives by the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID) and Medicare Australia have been introduced to develop a national strategy for GPs and other health practitioners in their contribution to the promotion of health care for people with ID.

  • Kathryn A Vanny1
  • Michael H Levy2,3
  • Susan C Hayes1
  • Nicholas G Lennox4
  • Miriam T Taylor5

  • 1 Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability, School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 2 School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 ACT Health, Canberra, ACT.

Correspondence: kvanny@med.usyd.edu.au

Competing interests:

The University of Queensland owns the CHAP, on which the Medicare initiative was based, and receives a licensing fee from organisations that use the CHAP. One-third of this licensing fee is paid to Nicholas Lennox.

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