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Nursing patients with intellectual disability

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About the CPD short course

This short course is conducted over two days and is equivalent to 14 continuing professional development (CPD) hours. Please note that the program is subject to change.

Who should attend?

This course is for all nurses. It aims to build clinical skills and understanding to assist with caring for a person with intellectual disability. It seeks to develop assessment skills, a multidisciplinary approach to health care, an understanding of relevant legal issues, good communication skills, and familiarity with behavioural and mental health comorbidities.

Through focusing on case presentations, this course will address the health management of people with intellectual disability.

Date and location

We are currently finalising our calendar of CPD short courses for the first half of 2017. If you would like to be informed when dates are announced, you can register for email notifications

If you would like to tell us which courses you would like to see in your area, please click here to complete a short survey.



RN member $327.00RN non-member $385.00
EN member $269.00EN non-member $327.00

Key learning outcomes

On completion participants will be better able to:

  • identify common acute and chronic health concerns and their treatment for people with intellectual disability
  • understand health care management plans and  their evaluation
  • discuss strategies to enhance the health of people with intellectual disabilities in health care and community settings
  • understand the principles of person-centred care and good communication in nursing people with intellectual disability and their carers.

Program outline

Day 1


Registration and welcome 


Patient assessment and clinical care


Morning tea


Ombudsman - deaths of people with disabilities in care





1.45pmGastrostomy feeding and dysphagia
3.00pmAfternoon tea
3.15pmCase studies of respiratory issues
3.45pmDifficult conversations
4.45pmEnd of day one

Day 2


Guardianship, consent and capacity


Morning tea


Health care planning, practice nurses and community support




Case studies of seizure management

2.15pmAfternoon tea
2.30pmMental health and challenging behaviours
4.30pmEvaluation and finish