Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/28633
Title: Health and Community Service Access: Differences and Similarities for Older People With and Without Lifelong Intellectual Disability
Contributor(s): Wark, S  (author)orcid ; Hussain, R  (author); Janicki, M  (author); Knox, M  (author); Parmenter, T  (author)
Publication Date: 2019
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/28633
Abstract: Introduction: Few studies comparatively examine experiences of the mainstream ageing population and people ageing with intellectual disability, and particularly with respect to access to health and community services. This paper reports on the findings of a large-scale Australian study with older people with and without lifelong intellectual disability residing in rural and metropolitan areas.
Methods: Semi-structured interviews were undertaken across New South Wales and Queensland, and included participants from small rural towns through to metropolitan areas. Adults interviewed included those living in their longstanding community home as well as individuals who had over the past few years moved into residential aged care facilities.
Results: Participants with and without intellectual disability reported difficulty in consistently accessing both mainstream and specialist health and community services. Analyses indicated that the greater geographic distance from metropolitan areas had an increasingly greater impact on individuals' capacity to access services than the presence of lifelong disability. While inner-city individuals without intellectual disability reported best access to services, differences in access between individuals either ageing with or without intellectual disability reduced as distance from the capital city increased.
Implications: Specific barriers to service access are related to geography and disability, with most significant limitations related to living in isolated areas. Attention from health and community service providers is required to address this inequality in service availability.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: THE WORLD CONGRESS OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, Glasgow, Scotland, 6-9 August, 2019
Source of Publication: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 63(7), p. 647-647
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1365-2788
0964-2633
Field of Research (FOR): 111703 Care for Disabled
111708 Health and Community Services
111712 Health Promotion
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 920403 Disability and Functional Capacity
920502 Health Related to Ageing
920506 Rural Health
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
Other Links: http://www.iassidd2019.com/
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