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The Professional Association of Nurses in Developmental Disability Australia Inc. (PANDDA) represents the professional interests of nurses who support people who have an intellectual developmental disability.

Join a nursing group that disseminates information and promotes communication between national and international organisations related to the field of developmental intellectual disability.

Our Mission

Nurses who work with people with Intellectual and developmental disabilities work in partnership with the person, their families/carers and support services, acknowledging and valuing their right to personcentred care, independence, self-determination, choice, and decision-making.

Nurses respect that health and wellbeing is a fundamental right for all people, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families (World Health Organization 2007).

Nurses who work with people with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities are known to care with great passion and commitment, addressing the biopsychosocial needs of a person with intellectual and developmental disabilities across a range of contexts, and over time.

The challenges experienced by people with intellectual or developmental disabilities are lifelong and therefore have the potential to impact on the person across their entire lifespan.

This strategic plan and the mission of PANDDA are also aligned with and underpinned by the principles of the Nursing and Midwives Board of Australia, Standards for Practice. That is, that nursing practice is person-centred and evidence-based with preventative, curative, formative, supportive, restorative, and palliative elements. Nurses work in therapeutic and professional relationships with individuals, as well as with families, groups and communities. These people may be healthy and with a range of abilities or have health issues related to physical or mental illness and/or health challenges.

Our Goals

PANDDA is committed to:

1. Promoting PANDDA to increase, expand and strengthen PANDDA membership.

2. Disseminating and promoting current and relevant information about nursing and intellectual and developmental disability.

3. Convening an annual conference.

4. Raising PANDDA’s professional profile and the role of nurses who work with people with Intellectual and developmental disabilities through political presence and leadership.

5. Promoting research in nursing and people with intellectual and developmental disability.

6. Ensuring sound governance.

PANDDA Srategic Plan 2021-2025


PANDDA Constitution