Prof. David Coghill and Prof. Mark Bellgrove are joined by Senator Jordan Steele-John to discuss why it’s so important for AADPA members to engage with the Senate Inquiry into the barriers faced by people seeking assessment, diagnosis and support services for ADHD.
In March this year, WA Greens Senator, Jordan Steele-John led the push to establish the first national inquiry into the barriers to consistent, timely and best practice assessment, diagnosis and support services for individuals with ADHD.
Clinicians are reporting an increase in the number of people presenting for a referral or a diagnosis of ADHD, however, clinical capacity is limited and there are long waitlists for services around the country. Senator Steele-John has highlighted the urgent need for a comprehensive examination of the challenges faced by individuals with ADHD and the efficacy of existing policies.
AADPA and our Clinical Guideline are mentioned in the Terms of Reference and we encourage everyone to take some time to read this. All AADPA members have a role to play in contributing to solutions that will advance access to proper ADHD assessment, diagnosis, treatments and support.
Submissions to Senate Community Affairs Inquiry into ADHD close on June 9. After the webinar, you may wish to use this template to make a submission.
About Senator Jordan Steele-John
Senator Jordan Steele-John is a tireless advocate for people with a disability and those who are neurodiverse. Since joining the Federal Parliament in 2017, the Greens Senator from Western Australia has made significant contributions in advocating for the rights and well-being of individuals with ADHD.
He was the driving force behind the establishment of the current Senate inquiry into ADHD, recognising the urgent need for a comprehensive examination of the challenges faced by individuals with ADHD and the efficacy of existing policies. Senator Steele-John’s unwavering dedication to the ADHD community includes raising awareness about ADHD, challenging stigmas associated with the condition, and promoting policies that provide equal opportunities and support for individuals with ADHD.
The Senator and his colleagues have also been pushing for improved access to healthcare, educational accommodations, and workplace support for individuals with a disability.