The draft priorities have been drawn up in conjunction with the draft mission and vision of the founding directors of ADHD Australia. This draft set of priorities have been established in order to address the current situation ADHD and associated conditions in Australia. ADHD usually presents with other conditions
1.Improve access to high quality services and support:
Form collaborative relationships and networks; that supports and improves mental health, social and emotional wellbeing of individuals affected by ADHD; provide a centralised point of contact offering support for anyone seeking assistance with ADHD or related issues; evidence based information, resources and an extensive database of support services. Provide support services and/or referral system for individuals to local resources where available. Create a system of evidence based research, communication, education and training programs that delivers consistent information.
2.Improve the mental health and social and emotional wellbeing of all Australians:
By forming a professional policy and legal working group, ADHD Australia Limited will provide strategic leadership through representation and consultation with government authorities; through engagement with policy makers, regulatory bodies and legislative bodies to provide consultation and specific input to ensure ADHD inclusion i.e. (updating and releasing ADHD guidelines); partner with government authorities to provide a consolidated voice and to influence policy changes, regulations and funding decisions that will create and improved mental health, social and wellbeing for all Australians where ADHD presents daily challenges.
3.Improve the mental health, social and emotional wellbeing of all Australians:
By liaising with professional researchers, to provide a cohesive national centre for research where accurate information relating to identification of factors associated with ADHD is distributed; through collaboration and engagement with researchers, identify and contribute to research that will support people affected by ADHD and disseminate accurate information to Australian communities. Eliminate existing gaps associated with growing demands for support and services.
4.Promote person-centred approaches:
Be the authentic, authoritative and coherent national advocacy voice on behalf of people living with ADHD or associated conditions. Create a positive public awareness and improved understanding strategy to reduce the stigma associated with ADHD. Partner with government and organisations to establish marketing and advertising campaigns to change attitudes and behaviours towards people experiencing ADHD. Develop a more accepting, supportive and non-stigmatising understanding of ADHD within Australia.
5.Focus on early detection and intervention. Improve access to high quality services and supports:
Engage with government authorities, professionals and medical research teams to provide a clinical voice on behalf of ADHD communities. Work to standardise legislation of diagnosis, medication, dosages and availability of a national script policy. Actively participate in legislation and policy decisions that will establish consistency with diagnostic procedures across Australia including early detection and early intervention strategies.
6.Improve the social and economic participation of people with mental illness. Improve the mental health, social and emotional wellbeing of all Australians:
Develop and deliver high quality support services through an expansion program that provides ADHD support into at risk and isolated communities and communities where the existence of support is missing. Partner with government, non-government, corporate, private, and community organisations in order to efficiently create effective and well integrated support services Australia wide.
7.Improve access to high quality services and supports:
Collaborate with local ADHD support groups and individuals through facilitation/coordination of a holistic program focused on delivering a seamless, person centred national support system. Increase access and availability of quality and sustainable support for any individual, family or community through these partnerships.
8.Focus on early detection and intervention Improve the mental health and social and emotional wellbeing of all Australians:
Through collaboration, education, learning and development create networks and collaborative relationships within ADHD and associated communities to provide a holistic approach to early detection and intervention. Partner with relevant others, to create and deliver training, education and support services that will assist professionals working in the area of ADHD and associated disadvantages.