Project ECHO – Intellectual Disability Information and Education Series

Western Victoria Primary Health Network (WVPHN) has set up the Project ECHO Intellectual Disability Information and Education Series. The series has been developed through consultation with people with lived experience, carers, the community AND a range of primary health care and other health professionals, including GPs.

This ECHO series is intended to be delivered to support primary health care professionals to increase their understanding when working with a person with an intellectual disability and to tailor their response to their individual health needs while also promoting overall health and wellbeing.

In the series, you will not only gain a broader understanding of how to work more effectively with people with an intellectual disability; you will also challenge your own assumptions and values from your individual and organisational perspectives and reflect on the implications in your delivery of health care for people with an intellectual disability.

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Fortnightly online ECHO sessions are held on Tuesday mornings from 7.30am – 8.30am and are delivered via live video conference. They are open to all primary care clinicians in the WVPHN catchment region.

About the Intellectual Disability Network

WVPHN has brought together an expert panel for each online ECHO session. Each week, the panel comprises of a range of primary health professionals and subject matter experts from across western Victoria who will unpack the session topics, address the gaps in our knowledge and discuss applications of professional accountability when it comes to providing high quality and timely primary health care to people with an intellectual disability.

Intellectual Disability Information and Education ECHO Network Series 2 Curriculum (PDF 260KB)

Did you know?

In comparison to the general population, people with an intellectual disability experience:

  • More than twice the rate of avoidable deaths
  • Twice the rate of emergency department and hospital admissions
  • Substantially higher rates of physical and mental health conditions, and
  • Significantly lower rates of preventative healthcare.

As part of the ECHO network, participants will:

  • Understand the terminology used when describing intellectual disability and developmental disabilities.
  • Build capacity of primary health care professionals to deliver high-quality health care that is tailored to the individual needs of people with an intellectual disability.
  • Address the disparities and health inequalities in access to primary healthcare experienced by people with an intellectual disability.
  • Increase awareness and understanding of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD) and legal obligations.
  • Develop an understanding of how to implement reasonable adjustments in primary care settings

Register here

About ECHO sessions

Online ECHO sessions offer a blend of didactic and case-based learning. All sessions are free and delivered via Zoom.

Case-based discussions are vital to the ECHO principle of ‘all teach all learn’. During each session, a primary care participant presents a ‘real world de-identified case’ for discussion. Highly rated by previous ECHO members, this element of the session provides participants with opportunity to consider treatment and management options relevant to rural and regional settings.

Participants are encouraged to complete an online case template to be provided upon registration, however, not everyone will be presenting at the sessions.

The series and sessions are accredited through RACGP and ACCRM for CPD points. Peer Group Learning 40 RACGP CPD accredited activity points or 2 CPD points per hour have been applied for. For other attendees, a certificate of attendance will be issued to support self-reporting professional development

More information

View the Intellectual Disability Information and Education ECHO Network Information Document

Contact our Project ECHO team:

Find out more about WVPHN’s Supporting People with Intellectual Disability to Access Health (SPIDAH) Project

Last modified: 19 July, 2022