This 6-week online course provides you with a solid foundation from which to understand ADHD and better navigate family life.
Suitable for parents/carers of both ADHD children & teens and indeed anyone seeking a better understanding of children with ADHD, including teachers.
The course goal is to inform and empower you to work together with your child to handle the difficulties that come with ADHD by offering practical, workable strategies that will make a difference in the lives of all family members.
The course is facilitated by Vivian Dunstan, Founder & Organiser of ADHD Support Australia. With an ADHD diagnosis herself and as mum to a young adult with ADHD, Vivian has a wealth of lived experience coupled with all she’s learned over the past 8 years running ADHD Support Australia and supporting many parents whist facilitating the course in-person since 2015. She and has now created this online version of the in-person course to share her knowledge and to allow more families to access the course.
People diagnosed with ADHD after the age of 18 have only recently been able to access a long-acting form of stimulant medication called Vyvanse on the PBS in February 2021 after much lobbying. Before this change, they were only able to access short-acting medication under the PBS. This is a big step inequitable and affordable treatment. The PBAC also recommended at its March 2020 meeting that the adult ADHD listing changes for adult diagnosis for lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) should flow on to all other long-acting ADHD medicines on the PBS, including methylphenidate (Concerta and Ritalin LA) and atomoxetine (Strattera).
However, this has yet to happen.
There should be no age discrimination on the PBS availability of medications stemming from the age of the individual at diagnosis. Girls and women with ADHD have found it difficult to gain a diagnosis even in adulthood and were often missed in childhood as historically ADHD was thought mostly to be found in boys who were hyperactive and disrupting the classroom. Girls and women are often underdiagnosed and are thus unfairly affected by the age of diagnosis factor. Many only gain a diagnosis later in life and to get a diagnosis of ADHD as adult symptoms have to be present in childhood anyway. It also discriminates against other minorities or those who haven’t had the means to get diagnosed in childhood.
This petition asks to expand the PBS to cover other long-acting stimulant medication for ADHD so adults with a late diagnosis can get fair and affordable access to all treatments.
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