Primary health care services for people with an intellectual disability

Western Victoria Primary Health Network (WVPHN) is launching an important project called ‘Supporting People with an Intellectual Disability to Access Health’ (SPIDAH) project. The SPIDAH project is based in Western Victoria and will end on 30 June 2024.

The SPIDAH project represents Western Victoria PHNs pilot of the Primary Care Enhancement Program (PCEP) to learn, develop and trial activities to improve access to primary health care services for people with an intellectual disability. We are in collaboration with the Council for Intellectual Disability (CID) and the Department of Health for this project. An external evaluation will take place at the end of the 3 years, and those activities that are evidence-based and proven to be successful are intended to be rolled-out nation-wide.

We are requesting our community in western Victoria to share their experiences, thoughts and ideas through these surveys, which ask:

  • What is good and working well.
  • What is difficult, challenging or not working well.
  • What can be done to make primary health care more accessible for people with an intellectual disability.

The surveys are available at www.westvicphn.com.au/spidah

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