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Conferences and professional development

PANDDA Conference 2018 – People, Purpose & Passion:

Be Extraordinary

Come along, be passionate and experience what is new, interesting and uplifting as we learn and share together. We have assembled an inspired and passionate group of extraordinary presenters. The conference program will focus on People, Purpose & Passion, acknowledging that purpose and passion can indeed start with us. The New World that is the National Disability Insurance Scheme provides nurses with an opportunity to showcase our passion and to be extraordinary.


NDS CEO Meeting: 19–20 November, Melbourne

The highly-regarded annual CEO Meeting will see leaders from across the Australian disability services sector gather to network and hear the latest on national policy directions and key management issues.


AT-Autism Annual Conference – Rough Justice? How is the justice system serving autistic people?

13 December, London UK

The conference will explore critical aspects of how the justice system currently serves those autistic people who might experience it – as suspects, offenders, witnesses and professionals. The consequences of failure can be far reaching and with serious consequences for all concerned. It is essential that best practice is understood, developed and applied. This will include representation, communication, interviews and options for dealing with autistic people at each stage of the criminal justice process.


Free webinars on Restraint Reduction


Social Media

PANDDA has entered the world of social media and we now have a facebook presence. For those of you who already use facebook you will know that it provides an excellent platform for keeping in contact with each other and also raising the profile of orgnisations. You will also find that it isn’t too time consuming and provides an opportunity to share information that may be of interest to each other easily. There will be some ground rules as this is a social forum and please be aware of the Nursing and Midwifery Boards guidelines on use of social media.


To find us search for PANDDA using the search facility in facebook. To join you will be asked a couple of questions, this reduces the risk of bots being used to access the page and spreading viruses. We hope to establish links with other similar discussion pages and use facebook to increase awareness of PANDDA and the important work of our members. The page is quiet at the moment so join us!


President's Message

What a year it has been, so much change, not only for us but also the people that we work in partnership with. As often happens when there are organisational changes we find that professionals and carers’ start to worry about what will happen to the people that they care for. We wonder if we will have a position, whether we want to continue in the new environment or maybe feel it is time for others to take over. Maybe we are tired. However, change is a fact of life and people with intellectual disabilities and their families will always need support from nurses with a wealth of experience and knowledge. Empowerment and enabling others is something that we do as nurses in this area.

PANDDA strives to maintain a level of optimism. We have a role to play in identifying the direction for nurses working with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. We have a wealth of experience that needs to be captured and passed onto others. How do we do this? Conferences are useful, and the up and coming PANDDA Conference is one such venue. We hope to see as many of you there as possible this October. Bob Weaver is the Conference Convenor, he is working hard with the rest of the team to make the programme as interesting as possible. If you have any ideas do let us know. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Warm regards Linda

Journal Articles

You might be interested in the following published research articles with some familiar names attached to them.

Trollor, J. N., Eagleson, C., Turner, B., Salomon, C., Cashin, A.,

Iacono, T., Lennox, N. (2018). Intellectual disability content within pre-registration nursing curriculum: How is it taught? Nurse Education Today, 69, 48-52. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2018.07.002


Background: Despite experiencing higher rates of physical and mental health conditions compared with the general population, people with intellectual disability face inequitable access to healthcare services. Improving education of healthcare professionals is one way to reduce these inequalities.

Objective: To determine how intellectual disability content is taught within Australian nursing schools.

Design: A two-phase audit of Australian nursing curricula content was conducted using an interview and online survey.

Setting: Nursing schools Australia-wide providing pre-registration courses.

Conclusion: While some nursing schools are using diverse methods to teach intellectual disability content, many are not; as a result, nursing students may miss out on acquiring the attributes which enable them to address the significant health inequalities faced by this group.

Wilson, N. J., Lewis, P., O’Reilly, K., Wiese, M., Lin, Z., Devine, L., Goddard, L. (2018). Reframing the role, identity and standards for practice for registered nurses working in the specialty area of intellectual and developmental disability in Australia: The NDIS and beyond.


Objective: To identify how existing specialty practice standards can inform the development of specialty practice standards for intellectual and developmental disability nurses.

Setting: As the National Disability Insurance Scheme is implemented across Australia, the role of the registered nurse in caring for people with intellectual and developmental disability will change dramatically. Access to widely available, specialty practice standards will be necessary for the development of this field of nursing.

Conclusion: Newly developed specialty practice standards need to reflect the beliefs and values about nursing prescribed in the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia standards if intellectual and developmental disability specific practice standards are to be useful for developing this field of nursing.