ADHD research, policy development and professional training in Australia is set to receive funding to the tune of $1.5 million from the Federal Government.
The announcement was made by Hon. Greg Hunt MP Minister for Health and Sport at the opening of the second Annual Conference of the Australian ADHD Professionals Association (AADPA) held in Sydney on Saturday 28th July.
“ADHD is immensely important” says Greg Hunt, MP. “Up to 7% of Australian children have ADHD. It can affect their families, their communities, but most importantly, it can affect their learning capabilities and their own relations, their own sense of mental health. It can also lead to issues throughout life. This funding is provided to AADPA to assist their work, their research, and the ability to provide better treatment.”
According to Professor Mark Bellgrove, AADPA President, “there is a real need at present for high quality data on ADHD in Australia including its inter-relationships with other mental health problems, and its impact on society.’ ‘Moreover, there are differences in diagnosis and treatment practices across Australia. A unified approach is urgently needed. This funding will provide clear guidance for all health professionals and Australian families dealing with ADHD.”
Professor David Coghill, AADPA Board member said: “ADHD is a lifelong condition affecting 1.2 million Australians. For too long its diagnosis has been marred by negative attention that has failed to recognise the very serious lifetime outcomes for children, adolescents and adults living with ADHD. Early diagnosis and good treatment improves individual outcomes significantly and reduces the social and financial burden on society.”
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