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.

Fortnightly online ECHO sessions are held on Tuesday mornings from 7.15am – 8.15am 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 from across western Victoria who are experts in the chosen topic of discussion.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Outcomes will be outlined per individual ECHO session as outlined in Series Curriculum. Overall, the broad project ECHO series Learning Outcomes include but are not limited to:

  • 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

About ECHO sessions:

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

Register below and we’ll send you an email with all the information you need to join a session.

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

Please note:

  • In registering and attending this event you are providing your implied consent for WVPHN to record, store and published video and audio footage of this session for the purposes of providing widespread access to educational material discussed during the session. If you wish to attend the session, however, you do not wish to be recorded please contact
  • In order to support the growth of the ECHO movement, Project ECHO® collects participation data for each teleECHO™ program. This data allows Project ECHO to measure, analyse, and report on the movement’s reach. It is used in reports, on maps and visualisations, for research, for communications and surveys, for data quality assurance activities, and for decision-making related to new initiatives


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  • Are you a GP who wishes to use this education series as an RACGP Accredited Activity equivalent to 40 CPD points?
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Last modified: 2 May, 2022