Young people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) will benefit from a range of health, medical and counselling services provided under one roof at the new Joondalup Complex Attention and Hyperactivity Disorders Service (CAHDS).
Mental Health Minister Graham Jacobs, who opened the Joondalup CAHDS today, said the service was the first of two comprehensive clinics, which together represent an annual $3.3million investment in services for children with ADHD.
“This new Joondalup clinic, and the service to be opened at Murdoch University in 2010, will provide a comprehensive approach to the management of ADHD in children,” Dr Jacobs said.
“The plan involves co-locating key disciplines in one clinic, including child psychiatrists, paediatricians, clinical psychologists, school psychologists, mental health nurses, speech therapists, occupational therapists, neuro-psychologists and social workers.
“There are about 5,500 children in Western Australia currently being treated with stimulant medications for ADHD.
“The total number of people receiving medication for ADHD, especially children, has decreased since 2004 and there is a growing recognition that treatment should be through an integrated clinical approach.
“The clinics will provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary services to treat and manage ADHD and related disorders and broaden the range of interventions and options available to children and their families.
“A great advantage for families is they can access a broad range of services in a single location, with the clinics strategically located in the north and south metropolitan areas.”
The Minister said the clinics were part of an ongoing State Government determination to improve and enhance services for children with ADHD.
“A range of recommendations have been laid out by the State Parliament’s Education and Health Standing Committee to help combat ADHD in children - and the new clinics are a key element of that approach,” he said.
“In addition to the CAHDS clinics, the Government is working to deliver online teacher training facilities, diagnostic information for schools, management of stimulants and ongoing research, all of which constitute a new approach to ADHD management.
“These new services and resources will make a considerable contribution to managing the effect of ADHD and reducing disruption in the lives of children and their families.”
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