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