Victorian Dual Disability Service

The Victorian Dual Disability Service (VDDS) is a joint mental health initiative between
St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and Melbourne Health. The service is multidisciplinary and operates within the mental health policy framework in Victoria. At a state wide level, the VDDS is responsible for:

  • Developing a model of best practice
  • Providing assessment and consultation services to staff within the Victorian Area Mental Health Services
  • Promoting access to Victorian Area Mental Health Services for consumers with a dual disability
  • Facilitating partnerships and collaborative treatment planning through consultation and liaison


Victorian Dual Disability Services Consumer Brochure - video


For Consumer information  in written form, please click on the Consumer Information Brochure:

Consumer Information Brochure



Additional precautions are being taken across Australia to prevent and delay the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have been directed by our hospital executive to cancel any meetings that involves face-to-face contact not related to immediate clinical issues. Unfortunately this means that all VDDS training has been suspended until further notice.

Please continue to visit this website in the coming weeks for up-to-date information.

Complimentary online training

Please also see link to our training page for our suite of complimentary online training including:

For Consumers

For Consumers

For Family and Carers

For Family and Carers

For Health Professionals


For Health Professionals

Team Members



Dr Chad Bennett

Clinical Director

Consultant Psychiatrist


Dr Angela Livingstone

Consultant Psychiatrist


Andrew Pridding

Nurse Practitioner


Dr Tareq Abuelroos

Consultant Psychiatrist


Jane Ryan (Tue, Wed and Fri)

Alicia Barclay (Thurs)

Programme & Administration Co-ordinator



The Victorian Dual Disability Service (VDDS)

St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne

tel: (03) 9231 1988


The Victorian Dual Disability Service recognises the Traditional Owners of the land on which our office islocated; the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nations. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and welcome all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to our health service