Resources for Health Professionals

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COVID-19 virus

COVID-19 and Down syndrome

People with Down syndrome are at increased risk for more severe outcomes following infection with COVID-19. Find all the latest information about COVID-19 and Down syndrome here. 

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Health Screening Tool

This tool provides information about additional health screenings that should be available to people with Down syndrome. It has been divided into age groups according to changes in medical needs and growth milestones. It can be used as a whole or for a specific age group. 

Prenatal Tips for GPs

This resource is a tip sheet for GP’s and provides information about Down syndrome, prenatal screening and communicating information to parents. 

Find further resources and information to share with expectant parents on prenatal testing and screening here.

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Discussion paper on prenatal screening

This discussion paper describes a survey conducted by Down Syndrome Australia to understand contemporary prenatal screening experiences. 

Communicating with people with Down syndrome

This fact sheet provides some tips and strategies for health professionals when communicating with people with Down syndrome and their families 

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National Roadmap for Improving the Health of People with Intellectual Disability

This Roadmap aims to address serious health inequities faced by people with intellectual disability. It outlines how we can create a health system where people with intellectual disability are valued, respected and have access to high quality, timely and comprehensive health care. 

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Health Supervision for Children With Down Syndrome

These AAP guidelines assist pediatricians in providing healthcare for children with Down syndrome. 

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Medicare Benefits Schedule for people with intellectual disability 

The health assessment provided to people with an intellectual disability can be completed under MBS Items 701 (brief), 703 (standard), 705 (long) or 707 (prolonged). 

National Disability Insurance Scheme

NDIS resources for GPs and health professionals

Practical resources for GPs and other health professionals related to the NDIS. 

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Resource Hub

See the full range of health resources for people with Down syndrome, families and health professionals in our Resource Hub.