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‘I thought I was a loser, now I have the answer’: rise in adult ADHD

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Catherine Cook had a sudden moment of clarity the day her 10-year-old son was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). “They told me it was hereditary and I thought, ‘Uh-oh, that’s me,’ the Sydney mother-of-two said. Ms Cook, 34, has a vague memory of being told she had attention deficit disorder when she was…

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ADDults with ADHD Annual Conference – 26 October 2019 – summary

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Mr Len Russell, CEO of ADHD Australia, attended the ADDults with ADHD’s Annual Conference in Sydney on Saturday 26th October 2019. ADDults with ADHD have been running their annual conference for many years with a wide range of speakers and topics as well as a packed auditorium. This year was no exception in that there…

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NSW Department of Education Interim Report now released and available for public comment

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The NSW Curriculum Review Interim Report is now available. It has been developed by the Review Lead, Professor Geoff Masters, as a basis for consultation on the broad directions for reform it identifies. It considers feedback from the 2018 consultation, alongside guidance from learning research, and reform initiatives from Australian and international jurisdictions. The Interim…

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Collaboration across the mental health charities for systemic change

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On Wed 16 October 2019, Prof Michael Kohn, and Mr Len Russell, our Chair and CEO respectively, attended the inaugural ‘Community Partners Summit’ conducted by Nicole Rogerson from Neurodevelopment Australia. This morning event was generously hosted by Ernst and Young in their Sydney offices. Neurodevelopment Australia is a new organisation which is looking to help…

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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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Newsletter – June/July 2019

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We have the latest issue of our newsletter, The Voice, ready for you to read. So go to our Newsletter Archive section to view this issue and any past ones.

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CEO update, 9 May 2019

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Good afternoon, ADHD Australia has undertaken a number of submissions to government and made headway towards having the voice of person’s with ADHD, parents and children heard. We will continue advocating for positive change within Australia for those living with ADHD. Below is a summary of the items which ADHD Australia has been undertaking for…

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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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