Health professionals have a critical role to play in assisting people with Down syndrome and their families achieve improved health outcomes. Whilst there are a range of challenges and barriers in the health system which can lead to poor experiences and outcomes, there is good evidence to demonstrate that health outcomes can be improved through aspects such as:
- Improved communication and engagement strategies with people with Down syndrome
- Supporting informed decision-making
- Improved understanding of disability and its contemporary context
- Collaboratively working with families and support people
Down Syndrome Victoria (DSV) is currently working on a range of projects with health professionals to improve health experiences of people with Down syndrome by increasing skills, knowledge and capacity of health professionals across Victoria, in a range of health settings. DSV can provide health professionals across the full life journey from prenatal and maternity to adulthood with support through training, resources and one on one support.
The lived experience of people with Down syndrome is essential for health professionals to connect in with and an essential part of training and resource development and delivery here at DSV. We have a variety of ways health professionals can connect with lived experience through our Health Ambassadors and Down Syndrome Advisory Network Victoria (DSANVic).
To visit the resources we have on this topic – go to our Resource Hub.
To enquire about training, one on one support, or our Health Ambassadors and DSANVic please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be connected with the best member of our team to assist with your request.
It should also be noted that DSV provides a wide range of services to family members and people with Down syndrome that health professionals can refer their clients to. For prenatal through to under 18’s refer to Family Support. For 18 years and over refer to Adult Support. Our staff offer families peer support, access to information, resources and can provide one on one support.