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Title: Ageing with an intellectual disability in rural areas
Contributor(s): Wark, Stuart  (author)orcid ; Hussain, Rafat  (author); Edwards, Helen  (author)
Publication Date: 2012
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2012.01583_2.x
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Abstract: Aim: In recent years, a combination of factors have seen life expectancies for people with intellectual disabilities increase dramatically. While this improvement is naturally a very desirable outcome, there are limited policy frameworks and little information regarding the impact of rurality on this relatively new phenomenon. The purpose of this study was to gain an understanding from Australian disability-support staff in rural areas regarding the most important issues facing them as they support people with intellectual disabilities who are ageing. Method: A three-round Delphi research model was utilised over a period of twelve months. The participant group (N = 31) included representatives from fourteen different rurally-based disability service agencies. Results and Conclusions: A thematic analysis identified specific areas of concern including funding, inadequate/inappropriate training, access to relevant services, medical/health problems, time constraints, and family dynamics. The results detail a number of important items relating to the ageing of people with intellectual disabilities in rural localities. The findings have implications for Government Departments, disability service providers, and training entities, in both the delivery of services to individuals with intellectual disabilities who are ageing and the training of the staff who support this cohort of people.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: 2012 International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID) World Congress: A World of Potential, Halifax, Canada, 9th - 14th July, 2012
Source of Publication: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56(7-8), p. 668-668
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of Publication: Oxford, United Kingdom
ISSN: 0964-2633
Field of Research (FOR): 111708 Health and Community Services
111702 Aged Health Care
111703 Care for Disabled
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 920502 Health Related to Ageing
920403 Disability and Functional Capacity
920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
Series Name: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
Series Number : 56, 7-8
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