Disability Royal Commission: Provision of health care to people with intellectual disability

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing commencing 17 February 2020. The hearing will be the start of the Royal Commission’s examination of issues relating to the provision of health care to people with disability.

This hearing will be looking more specifically at the provision of health care or services for people with cognitive disability, including people with intellectual disability, autism and acquired brain injuries.

While this hearing is not limited to any particular State or Territory, it will examine, in particular, at the health system in New South Wales and ‘promising practices’ in the provision of health care or services to people with cognitive disability.

The issues that the hearing will explore include:

  • barriers faced by people with cognitive disability when accessing and receiving health care and services, including barriers to communication and health professionals’ attitudes, values and assumptions
  • training and education of health professionals with respect to patients with cognitive disability
  • delayed diagnoses and misdiagnoses of people with cognitive disability
    life expectancy of people with cognitive disability (particularly people with intellectual disability and people with autism)
  • specific issues for First Nations people with cognitive disability with respect to health care and services.

An issues paper is available on the Royal Commission website.