Victorian Dual Disability Service

The Victorian Dual Disability Service (VDDS) is part of Victoria's Mental Health sector and aims to promote equitable access to mental health care for people with a dual disability(developmental disability and mental health problem). The VDDS provides advice to professional staff working within the mental health and Disability sector and to consumers and carers. The service is multidisciplinary and operates within the mental health policy framework in Victoria. At a statewide level, the VDDS:

  • Provides consultation to staff working in Victoria about their consumers aged 16 plus who have intellectual disability and/or autism and a mental health problem.
  • Supports the 21 Victorian Area Mental Health Services .
  • Facilitates partnerships and collaborative treatment planning through consultation and liaison.
  • Provides training to staff working in the Mental health and Disability Sector
  • Does not provide cognitive, neuropsychological or ADHD Assessment's
  • Does not have a dedicated Inpatient Unit

For Consumers

For Consumers

For Family and Carers

For Family and Carers

For Health Professionals


For Health Professionals

Team Members


Benjamin Cook



Dr Chad Bennett

Clinical Director

Consultant Psychiatrist


Dr Angela Livingstone

Consultant Psychiatrist


Andrew Pridding

Nurse Practitioner


Dr Tareq Abuelroos

Consultant Psychiatrist


Dr Noriko Kawasaki

Psychiatric Registrar


Jane Ryan (Tue, Wed and Fri)

Program & Administration Coordinator



The Victorian Dual Disability Service (VDDS)

St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne

tel: (03) 9231 1988  (This email is not checked daily, please call the VDDS on 03 9231 1988 if indicated)


The Victorian Dual Disability Service recognises the Traditional Owners of the land on which our office is located; 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