Invisible people?

Nicholas G Lennox and James C Simpson
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2010.tb03847.x
Published online: 2 August 2010

To the Editor: The current political debate on health reform has made no mention of the 300 000 people who were identified by the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission as facing “stark health inequalities”.1 We refer to people with intellectual disability, who face a life expectancy 5–20 years shorter than people in the general population, substantial unmet health needs and significant barriers to getting these needs met.

  • Nicholas G Lennox1
  • James C Simpson2

  • 1 School of Population Health, Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 2 NSW and National Councils for Intellectual Disability, Sydney, NSW.


Competing interests:

Nicholas Lennox is the developer of the Comprehensive Health Assessment Program, a copyright product of the University of Queensland, the licence for which is distributed between the University and Professor Lennox.


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