Australian Research

Based in Western Australia the Telethon Institute brings together community, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and funders, to work and share their knowledge and expertise in order to provide excellence in research in areas of child development. One such study on ADHD found that children with ADHD have significantly worse school outcomes than children without the disorder. Finding which are not unusual considering the current major issues presented in schools. Boys and girls were less likely to reach the minimum benchmark scores for numeracy, reading, spelling and writing. The gap tends to increase as the students get older, indicating that children with ADHD need more educational support.

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Another study revealed that children and youth treated for ADHD were more likely to come into contact with the juvenile justice system. They were more than twice as likely to receive a Community Correction Order and three times more likely to be in detention.

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AADPA is an independent, not-for-profit organisation with a diverse range of professionals within their membership across Australia and New Zealand. Formed in November 2016, AADPA is committed to working towards enhanced lifetime outcomes for individuals with ADHD and their families. Currently, the team are engaged in reviewing the ADHD guidelines.

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Deloitte Access Economics was commissioned by the Australian ADHD Professionals Association to estimate the socioeconomic cost of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in Australia. ADHD is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder, and it is characterised by symptoms of inattention, impulsivity, and in some cases excessive levels of hyperactivity. ADHD can have lifelong impacts on individuals, their families and society, although early diagnosis and quality treatment can improve individual outcomes substantially Deloitte Access Economics. (2019) ‘The Social and Economic Costs of ADHD in Australia.’ Report commissioned by Australian ADHD Professional Association (AADPA).

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A report conducted by Parents for ADHD Advocacy Australia (PAAA) has a firm objective to increase the capacity of schools to support students with ADHD.

In August 2018, PAAA undertook an extensive national quantitative study focusing on the performance of Australian schools in meeting the needs of ADHD students. This study collected brand new, previously unavailable data from over one thousand Australian families who have one or more children suffering from ADHD.

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