ADHD Australia launches its new website – 5 December
ADHD Australia officially launched its new website on Thursday 5th December at a function hosted by the Westmead Hospital Foundation. At the event were representatives from each of the organisations involved in the collaborative approach made to the funder of the project, IMB Bank Community Foundation. IMB was represented by Ms Rachael Core who is the Parramatta Branch Manager and championed the project within IMB. Mr Robert Ryan, CEO of IMB Bank, could not be in attendance due to other prior commitments but did send his comments about the project and the support which IMB gave in a statement below.
In attendance was Ms Robynne Cooke from the Westmead Hospital Foundation Board, Ms Gail Anderson from CRASH (Centre for Research into Adolescent’S Health), Mr Michael Datner, Executive Director Populations from Westmead Hospital and Prof Adam Guastella, Chair, Child & Youth Mental Health from Sydney University.
Mr Joe Conneely, CEO of the Westmead Hospital Foundation, welcomed all who attended the evening’s event, in the room as well as those viewing the presentation online from various interstate locations.
Professor Michael Kohn, Clinical A/Professor, Sydney University School of Medicine, Head, Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Westmead Hospital, Area Director, Adolescent and Young Adult Services Western Sydney spoke about the need for ongoing research and community input which is a cornerstone of this project.
Mr Len Russell, CEO of ADHD Australia, took the audience on a quick journey about the project, its challenges and conducted a live demonstration of the new website and its features.Len thanked all those who had volunteered their time and energies to making this project a success. He also mentioned that the launch of the new website, while a great milestone, is the start of the journey at providing more evidence-based information to the whole community. Highlighted below are some of the statements made by the presenters.
Comment by Prof Michael Kohn, Head of Adolecent Medicine at Westmead Hospital and Chair of ADHD Australia
“Having evidence based care and being able to translate these models of care into accessible and helpful treatments for those with ADHD is a primary goal of the partnership between ADHD Australia and CRASH (Centre for Research into Adolescent’S Health).
The new website created by ADHD Australia provides a tangible link to make the research outcomes from CRASH and other Centres accessible, and provides so much more information, to assist those with and supporting a person with ADHD, be able to understand the condition, learn of available resources and establish peer to peer connections. The website portal has the flexibility to grow and take advantage of the new ways in which a digital platform can link and empower individuals and communities. The creation and plans for ongoing development establish ADHD Australia as the peak National organisation supporting those with ADHD and their communities.”
Comment by Robert Ryan, CEO of IMB Bank
The new ADHD Australia website has been supported by the IMB Bank Community Foundation (ICF), which in 2020 celebrates its 21st anniversary. Since 1999, ICF has provided over $10million to more than 700 community and not-for-profit projects through NSW and the ACT.
“IMB Bank is proud to support ADHD Australia and the Westmead Hospital Foundation, and we would like to congratulate the entire team on the launch of the new website,” said IMB Bank CEO, Robert Ryan. “The work undertaken by ADHD Australia is incredibly important for thousands of families and individuals living with ADHD, and this online resource will be an invaluable source of information and resources.” said Mr Ryan.
Comment by Len Russell, CEO of ADHD Australia
ADHD Australia has been fortunate to have IMB Bank Community Foundation support our organisation in funding the development of a new website. This new website will enable ADHD Australia to have a more prominent online presence which will complement its recently re-launched Facebook site. Over time, as more evidence-based information is added to the website, the more the community will use this online resource to search for the information they require and the support which they desire.
ADHD Australia is excited and confident that the collaboration with the Westmead Hospital Foundation and CRASH (Centre for Research into Adolescent’S Health) will provide the tangible link between research and available treatments for ADHD communities here within Australia. Mr Russell thanked all those who had volunteered their time and energies to making this project a success. He also mentioned that the launch of the new website, while a great milestone, is the start of the journey at providing more evidence-based information to the whole community.