AADDM Seminar 2013 – Friday, August 30, 2013

People with Complex Needs and Developmental Disability: “Transition and Beyond”

Venue: Room 110, Department of Human Services, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

This year AADDM will be holding a one day seminar that looks at the ongoing challenge of how we care for people with developmental disability and complex health needs. Some people with developmental disability have a complex range of physical and mental health problems that require collaborative and coordinated support from a range of medical and allied health services with specialised knowledge in the field. While this has been available to children and adolescents, until recently people over the age of 18 have been expected to access these services within the generic health services.

“Transition clinics” have been set up in a number of states with the aim of integrating the management of this group into the generic health service. This year’s seminar will look at how the current health system supports this group of patients and their families across Australia, the challenges faced by the current transition clinics, the gaps in services and the opportunities to for development.