Assisting people who have an intellectual disability
This guide provides information for health professionals about communicating with people who have an intellectual disability about their diabetes.
- Effective communication with people who have an intellectual disability about their diabetes: a guide for health professionals
This module is aimed at diabetes health professionals, medical practitioners, nurses, and allied health professionals with a special interest in diabetes care and management. The module is endorsed by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association for four CPD points.
The aim of this online training module is to improve the ability of health professionals to:
- communicate with individuals with diabetes and an intellectual disability
- support individuals with an intellectual disability and their carers/support workers to manage their diabetes
- respond appropriately to the health care challenges and needs of individuals with diabetes and an intellectual disability particularly in communicating health care information.
- Access the learning module Tailor your communication skills: a training module for health professionals caring for adults with diabetes and an intellectual disability.
Resources to assist people with an intellectual disability
These resources have been developed to assist people with an intellectual disability who have diabetes (and their carers) to:
- learn more about living a healthy life with diabetes
- use when they see a health professional about their diabetes
- learn more about diabetes by watching our animated videos
- learn more about healthy eating in Choosing healthy foods.