ADHD Assessments and Treatment

We are able to provide comprehensive diagnostic assessment of patients with possible ADHD, and treatment for patients with confirmed ADHD. 

The assessment of ADHD in adults is based on establishing current symptoms and the impact they are having, and crucially, reviewing evidence that the symptoms were also present in childhood (as ADHD is a developmental condition).

To complete an assessment for ADHD all patient's must provide the following:

  1. Copies of school reports from primary school and secondary school demonstrating evidence of ADHD symptoms prior to the age of 18. These must be uploaded prior to the appointment. Providing school reports is a mandatory part of the assessment process. An appointment will not be offered until school reports have been provided. 

  2. The results of a recent (less than 6 months ago) eye test (optometrist exam) confirming normal pressures inside the eye. This is an important safety screen should treatment be recommended (this can be completed after the initial consultation).

  3. If a previous psychiatrist or paediatrician has made the diagnosis of ADHD the patient must obtain a full copy of their previous records and upload these before the appointment. Accessing previous records can take time and you should begin this process as soon as you are referred.

  4. If you have been treated by another psychiatrist or paediatrician for ADHD in the past 2 years you will need to provide a letter of handover from your previous psychiatrist.

After the consultation, the following will be undertaken by the psychiatrist should treatment be recommended:

  1. A 'prescription shopping' check with Medicare

  2. Contact will be made with the State Dept of Health where you live to confirm previous treatment (if any)

  3. You will be asked to have blood tests and an ECG (heart test).

  4.  You will be asked to provide a urine sample under supervision for drug testing. This must be negative for all illicit substances. A urine drug screen positive for any non-prescribed drug will mean that treatment is not possible.

Please note that fees apply for ADHD assessments. Your psychiatrist will advise you of the fee, Medcare rebate and out of pocket cost when your referral is recieved.

Medication for ADHD

Our practice does not prescribe or recommend  immediate-acting stimulants for ADHD (dexamfetamine or methylphenidate) in adults. If indicated we recommend only long-acting (once daily) stimulant or non-stiulant medications for ADHD. Please note that the TGA has now added a warning that methylphenidate containing products are generally not suitable for women of childbearing age.
Patients diagnosed by another practitioner will require a full diagnostic re-assessment and submission of documentation as set out above before any treatment recommendations can be made.

Treatment can be provided for patients who reside in metropolitan, regional and rural Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and the ACT.

Restrictions apply in the following States:

Tasmania - TAS law mean that assessment and recommendations can be given, however, your GP must prescribe for you. The referral letter from your GP must indicate their willingness to apply for a permit and to prescibe for you. Tasmanian patients being treated for ADHD are subject to random DHHS directed urine drug screening.

Western Australia - WA State law means that we are unable to assist patients with ADHD who reside in WA.

Northern Territory - NT regulations allow assessment and recommendations to be given, however, your GP must prescribe for you. The referral letter from your GP must indicate their willingness to apply for a permit and to prescibe for you. In some cases NT Health may require you to see a local psychiatrist.