The Australian Medical Council is an organisation whose work impacts across the lands of Australia and New Zealand.
The Australian Medical Council acknowledges the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the original Australians and the Māori People as the tangata whenua (Indigenous) Peoples of Aotearoa (New Zealand). We recognise them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.
We pay our respects to them and to their Elders, both past, present and emerging, and we recognise their enduring connection to the lands we live and work on, and honour their ongoing connection to those lands, its waters and sky.
The Department of Health and Aged Care (the Department) is leading the Intellectual Disability Health Curriculum Development Project, a short-term action under the National Roadmap for Improving the Health of People with Intellectual Disability. The AMC is represented on the Drafting Group and the Expert Advisory Group for the development of this project.
A key component of the project is the development of an Intellectual Disability Health Capability Framework (the Framework) in collaboration with people with intellectual disability, their families, carers and support workers, First Nations peoples, accreditation bodies, universities, health professionals and academic experts.
Public consultation on the draft Intellectual Disability Health Capability Framework is now open. Please visit the Department’s consultation hub.
The purpose of the Framework is to set out clear core capabilities (the Capabilities) and learning outcomes regarding health care for people with intellectual disability. The Framework also includes implementation guidelines, tools, and resources to support:
The aim of the project is to prepare graduates with the required capabilities to provide the highest quality care to people with intellectual disability throughout their future health professional careers.
The next stage of the Intellectual Disability Health Curriculum Framework Development Project, led by a team at the University of New South Wales, aims to curate and develop intellectual disability health resources to support the integration of the Framework into accreditation standards and health professional pre-registration education curricula. This phase involves significant consultation and co-design with people with intellectual disability, and consultation with key stakeholders including support networks of people with intellectual disability, accreditation authorities, and the higher education sector.
The objectives of this next stage are to:
The project began in June 2023 and will run for two years, with resources released throughout this time.