We're searching for answers to some of childhood's diseases, conditions and issues. In addition to our four research focus areas (Aboriginal Health, Brain and Behaviour, Chronic and Severe Diseases, Early Environment), you can also discover more about specific research we're involved in and the technology we use.
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IDEA (Intellectual Disability Exploring Answers) Database
Helen Leonard, Jenny Bourke, Jenny Fairthorne, Emma Glasson, Kingsley Wong, Carol Bower
The IDEA database has information on all children born since 1983 who have been identified with an intellectual disability. Approximately 2% of children are estimated to have an intellectual disability and researchers can apply to link to this database in order to identify children in their cohort of interest who have an intellectual disability. Our recent research has demonstrated the increased risk of mortality for children with intellectual disability, particularly those with severe intellectual disability. Other studies have shown that children who have an intellectual disability, particularly a mild to moderate disability, are at increased risk of maltreatment in both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal families.
Funder: Disability Service Commission
External collaborators: Disability Services Commission, WA Department of Education