Clinician resources for SA Intellectual Disability Health Service

Annual health assessments

SA Intellectual Disability Health Service (SAIDHS) promotes the need for a comprehensive annual health assessment for people with an intellectual disability to support health screening, health promotion and identify unmet health needs The Comprehensive Health Assessment Programme (CHAP), is a validated tool completed in partnership with the person with intellectual disability, key support people and a GP.

GP Psychiatry Support Line

The GP Psychiatry Support Line is a free service to GPs within the Adelaide Primary Health Network (PHN) area to support the care of mental health consumers. The service does not provide a triage or referral service, rather assists with keeping consumers whose conditions are able to be treated within primary care under the care of their GP.

Advice provided can help GPs with diagnosis, identifying appropriate investigations, medication management and implementation of a safety plan.

The service will respond to enquiries within 24 hours (Monday-Friday except public holidays).

To access the service, GPs will need to complete a once off 2-minute registration process with their AHPRA Registration Number and practice details.

Contact the GP Psychiatry Support Line on 1800 16 17 18 or visit their website.

My Health Information (for when I go to hospital)

The My Health Information (for when I go to hospital) document has been designed in South Australia to improve the experience of going to hospital for people with intellectual disability. The document is written in Easy Read and designed to be completed by a person with intellectual disability with the support of someone they trust and know well, such as a family member, carer or guardian. It is designed to support people with intellectual disability communicate to hospital staff:

  • things they must know about them
  • things that are important to them
  • their likes and dislikes.

If you are providing care for someone with intellectual disability who is likely to require hospital care in the future, consider providing them with this document to complete and take with them when accessing hospital care.

Download the My Health Information for when I go to hospital (PDF 1.13MB) form.

More information

For more information visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact SAIDHS.