A Nation’s Response to ADHD

Practitioners in Australia acknowledge and treat ADHD, many using a 2009 ADHD Guideline, 291 pages long. However, the guidelines exist only in draft form and have yet to be ratified by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Australians have a vocal anti-ADHD politician whose challenges with researcher Joseph Biederman, M.D. put the guidelines on hold. After two years, the NHMRC is currently re-visiting them. Read the guidelines as an example of one nation’s proposed ADHD management.

As posted on the guidelines website,

As an interim measure, until the status of the Draft Guidelines is determined, NHMRC is developing Clinical Practice Points (CPPs) on the diagnosis, assessment and management of ADHD in children and adolescents. …The draft Clinical Practice Points are currently undergoing public consultation and individuals and organisations are invited to review and comment on the draft.

Taken in part from a list serve conversation of ACO member, Michele Toner, Western Australia.