Health and People with Intellectual Disability – The flow of change in policy and practice looking back, and into the future

Professor Nick Lennox

Director of the Queensland Centre for Intellectual & Developmental Disability (QCIDD), University of Queensland

What has changed in the health and disability sectors over the last thirty years and how did this happen? Where are we at now? What more needs to be achieved to reach the point where there are no gaps in the healthcare of people with intellectual disability.


Professor Nicholas Lennox was the Director of the Queensland Centre for Intellectual & Developmental Disability (QCIDD), at the University of Queensland.

He has provided physical and mental healthcare to adults with developmental disability over a 28-year period in Melbourne and Brisbane. He has also lead innovations in education and applied research, which has changed healthcare delivery and education. Most notably, he lead three complex pragmatic randomised controlled trials of the Comprehensive Health Assessment Program (CHAP).

He feels passionately about improving the health and health care of people with developmental disability, especially when this is driven by empowering adults with a disability, their families and supporters, and healthcare providers. Since ceasing clinical practice in 2018, he has continued to work in the areas of advocacy, education and research. In April 2020, he asked to join the Federal Health Department as the Senior Medical Advisor on Health & Disability.