Dying for Change: Improving the health and wellbeing of people with intellectual disability

Ian Potter Lecture Theatre, Kenneth Myer Building, 30 Royal Parade Parkville VIC 3052


If you have an intellectual disability in Australia, you are likely to die 25 years earlier than someone in the general population. And you are twice as likely to die from an avoidable cause. Australia has committed to ensuring “persons with disabilities have the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health”. Yet there has been very little progress towards this goal.

At this special edition seminar, we hear from international and local experts including people with intellectual disability on how public health evidence can affect social change and what we can do to make a difference.



Do you have a question for the panel? Please email your question to us before Monday 12 November so someone can respond at the event: md-i@unimelb.edu.au

Join the conversation #DyingforChange


  • The venue is wheelchair accessible
  • The event will be captioned and there will be Auslan interpreters
  • The event will not be live streamed however it will be recorded and posted to the website
  • Please contact us if you have specific access requirements.

Who should attend?

  • People with intellectual disability, family members, supporters
  • Health, disability, social and human services policy makers, researchers and academics
  • Health professionals and community workers
  • Advocates and campaigners
  • Disability service providers
  • Members of the general public

Presented by Melbourne Disability Institute