To make Australia a better place for people living with ADHD.
To create systemic positive change for people living with ADHD through discovery, translation and advocacy.
Our Symbol - why the Dandelion?
The Dandelion is a sunny flower full of hope, but is often treated like a lesser flower. Yet it still manages to flourish – often in conditions other flowers can’t. Its seeds travel far and wide and as children it has been used to create wishes. So this flower, that is often treated like a weed, actually brings joy and whimsy to our lives. We see the dandelion as symbolising the ability to rise above life’s challenges. People with ADHD can overcome obstacles through the use of their intelligence and connections with people who can share mutual support in facing life’s challenges. ADHD Australia’s purpose is to move from stigma to acceptance and hope.
Our Service Ethos is about a generosity of spirit that calls us to go beyond the status quo, to close the gaps experienced by people who are faced with difficulties associated with ADHD and associated conditions. We want to provide hope and change systems so that people have a greater sense of self-worth and the ability to succeed at every stage of life.
We will undertake activities which support our vision and mission in a professional manner with collaboration, respect, integrity, transparency and accountability.
ADHD Australia's Values
With an estimated 1.2 million Australians having ADHD, being collaborative is the only way we will succeed. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts and we need to work together to create change. This doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for diversity of opinion or approach. We all have a role to play as the need is great. By working at the intersection between community, government, education, and the health sector, we can reduce stigma and isolation and create new opportunities and potential.
ADHD is a diagnosis that comes with community judgement and stigma and like many mental health conditions is an area where there is emerging information. We enter dialogue with respect, and an understanding that constructive dialogue is the way to change community attitudes.
Having integrity means not only knowing, but always doing what’s right – even when no one’s looking. As an emerging organisation ADHD Australia has prioritised the need to remain positive, but to also stand up for what we believe is right.
We will operate in a professional manner and ensure that we meet the governance standards expected of us.
We value open communication. We are transparent about our successes and failures. We will continue to remain focussed on the end goal and the cause.
We are accountable to each other, funders and the community to be a balanced voice for positive change.