The Centre for Developmental Disability Health (CDDH) supports the healthcare of people with a disability, as well as professional support for medical, nursing and allied health professionals to provide healthcare to their patients with intellectual and associated developmental disabilities through:

  • Online clinical information and resources
  • Online learning modules
  • Telephone support and advice


We are a secondary consultation service, where our clinicians specialise in the field of intellectual and developmental disability in adults.  We assess ad provide management strategies for complex presentations including Behaviours of concern, mental illness and physical ailments commonly associated with developmental disability.

To make a referral, you can contact our offices on 03 9792 7888 Clinical or, alternately, you can complete the CDDH intake form and send it to Once we have the preliminary information, an appointment will be made for you to be triaged by the CDDH Disability Liaison Nurse.


The CDDH Disability Liaison Nurse will discuss health concerns as well as gather other important information about the patient. The CDDH Disability Liaison Nurse may request patient related documents are provided, including but not limited to; health summaries, medical reports, allied health reports and NDIS plans. You may need to consult with your GP for some of this documentation.

Actions taken from the Nursing assessment may include; the scheduling of an appointment with one of our Senior Medical Officers, request for further information or interim clinical advice for the patients, their supports, and/or relevant health professionals.


The initial consultation will usually last for 1-1 ½ hours and is ideally attended by the patient. Where a patient cannot attend or unable to provide their own health information, a support person with a good knowledge of the person and the presenting problem is very helpful for the consultation, and any other parties who many be able to contribute.

Within 2-4 weeks following your appointment, a detailed report, including an assessment and clinical recommendations, is then sent to the patient and the patient’s GP. If the patient has a Medical Treatment Decision Maker, a copy of the report will be sent to them. Additional copies of the report can be sent to other parties, for this we will required written or verbal consent from the patient of their Medical Treatment Decision Maker.


Depression Checklist

The People with intellectual disabilities may be unable to describe their feelings or experiences. This contributes to their doctors often finding it difficult to diagnose depression or other disorders of mental health. The Depression Checklist is a tool to assist in this process. The Checklist is designed to be filled out by someone who know the person very well. It guides and records information the doctor can then use to screen for depression or related disorders in adults who are unable to self-report. The checklist is not a substitute for a clinical assessment.

Depression in Adults with Intellectual Disability Checklist

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