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‘The phrase that pays’: Schools push parents of ADHD children to switch diagnosis

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One in five parents of children with ADHD has been urged by their school to seek a different diagnosis as a means to gain funding for teacher’s aides and other support for their child at school. Teachers are pushing families of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to try to obtain a diagnosis with…

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Living with ADHD

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a surprisingly common condition in Australia and although we most commonly associate it with children, it’s a condition that can stay with people into adulthood, creating challenges across their whole lives. Host, Philip Clark, from the ABC Radio National’s ‘Nightlife’ program, spoke with Associate Professor Michael Kohn, Chair of ADHD…

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ADHD is not just for kids.

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Jeffrey Choy always found it hard to concentrate from a young age, but his life was suddenly transformed when he was diagnosed with ADHD aged 50. He shares his journey along with Dr Hugh Morgan, who explains why the disorder is not just a problem for kids. Click here to view the interview with host,…

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Community & Carers Information Day 2019 (QLD) – Update

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IN BRISBANE. SUNDAY 28 JULY 2019. ADHD Australia held its second Community and Carers Information Day in Brisbane during the afternoon of Sun 28 July 2019. We had a small but very engaged group of attendees who listened to the numerous presentations in the first half of the afternoon and then engaged in a Q&A…

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Shaping the future of disability policy – 2020 & beyond

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‘Shaping the future of disability policy for 2020 and beyond’ Submission by ADHD Australia in June 2019 The National Disability Policy Reform Team, from the Department of Social Services (DSS), invited the Australian community to take part in its national consultation process of reviewing disability policies. The current policy reform finishes next year so the…

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Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee submission

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Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) Submission by ADHD Australia in June 2019 ADHD Australia recently made an online submission to the next meeting of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) which is to be held in July. ADHD Australia undertook this advocacy step on behalf of all those living with ADHD in an effort to…

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Australian Patient Organisation Network conference

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IN SYDNEY. 2nd and 3rd May 2019. The Centre for Community-Driven Research (CCDR) and the Australian Patient Organisation Standing Committee (APOSC) – a group of eight organisations including MS Australia, Unicorn Foundation, SMA Australia, hearts4heart, Muscular Dystrophy WA, Lymphoma Australia, Save Our Sons Duchenne Foundation and CCDR – developed the concept of holding an annual…

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Productivity Commission into Mental Health submission

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Productivity Commission into Mental Health contribution by ADHD Australia in April 2019 Scope of the Commission’s Review. ‘The Commission should consider the role of mental health in supporting economic participation, enhancing productivity and economic growth. It should make recommendations, as necessary, to improve population mental health, so as to realise economic and social participation and…

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NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) submission

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NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) contribution by ADHD Australia and the community The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) is conducting a review of the NSW Curriculum and invited interested parties to make submissions by 30 November 2018. ADHD Australia’s paper highlighted the issues facing children with ADHD and their families. A big thank you to everyone…

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Busting the ADHD myths

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Paediatrician and Chair of ADHD Australia, Professor Michael Kohn, and ADHD advocate Louise Kuchel, from Parents for ADHD Advocacy clear up common misunderstandings about ADHD when speaking with Chanel Nine’s TODAY’s Agenda program host, Georgie Gardner. Michael and Lou discussed the impacts which ADHD can have on individuals and families. There is such a negative…

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