Hon Graham Jacobs MBBS FRACGP MLA

Hon Graham Jacobs MBBS FRACGP MLA

Former Minister for Water; Mental Health

    New clinic to treat children with ADHD

    1/09/2010 12:00 AM

    A new facility for young people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) was officially opened today by Mental Health Minister Graham Jacobs.


    The new Complex Attention and Hyperactivity Disorder Service (CAHDS), located at Murdoch University, provides consultation, assessment and short-term treatment for children and adolescents aged up to18 years with significant ADHD and complex behavioural problems.


    Dr Jacobs said the South Metropolitan Area Health CAHD Service would make a huge difference to the lives of children and young people with ADHD and associated disorders.


    “Paediatricians along with family and teachers can now welcome this highly specialised team of professionals who will provide a comprehensive multi-disciplinary approach,” he said.


    “These children and their families will have access to a team comprising a consultant psychiatrist, paediatrician, senior social worker, senior clinical psychologist, neuropsychologist, school psychologist, clinical nurse specialist, senior speech pathologist and senior occupation therapist all in the one location.


    “The service specialises in finding the cause of the child’s complex problems, which ensures we find the best way to treat the right disorder.”


    The new facility is equipped with two family assessment rooms, two testing rooms and a group teaching room. There is also a meeting room with video conferencing facilities which allows children and clinicians in remote areas of Western Australia to access the service.


    “The highly experienced team creates customised multi-disciplinary treatment options, specific to the individual requirements of each child and their family,” the Minister said.


    “This will allow us to work together with families to not only minimise behavioural problems, but also work towards improving the learning outcomes for children with ADHD.


    “The service will also provide specialist training for clinicians and registrars from relevant disciplines, as well as education sessions for teachers, families and other community members.


    “The opening of this new facility is a further example of our commitment to improve and enhance the services available for WA children with ADHD.”


    It is the second CAHDS facility to be opened in WA, with the first clinic opened in Joondalup in November 2009.


    Minister's office  - 9213 6900