Australian Guidelines on ADHD

Draft Australian Guidelines on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - released November 2009

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common condition which is characterised by inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity that affects the person in their daily life. Although many will grow up without persistent problems, individuals with ADHD are at increased risk of a range of adverse outcomes such as academic underachievement, difficulties with interpersonal relationships and poor self esteem.

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) was funded in 2006 by the Department of Health to update the ADHD Guidelines previously approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council in 1997. The RACP conducted an extensive analysis of relevant research into key aspects of ADHD, including assessment and diagnosis, psychosocial, medication and educational management and socioeconomic considerations. These Guidelines were developed in accordance with National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guideline development requirements by a multidisciplinary expert reference group and provide a series of evidence based recommendations1.

These draft Australian Guidelines on ADHD were completed in 2009 . Despite ongoing research during the intervening years and release of a new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, the RACP believes that these Guidelines remain relevant and provide health professionals with a guide to assessment, management and care of preschoolers, children, adolescents and adults with ADHD. 1. The Council of NHMRC did not recommend the 2009 guidelines for approval.
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