The Australian Senate has backed a proposal by the Greens to establish a Senate Inquiry into the care and support provided to those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The inquiry will focus on the effectiveness of current treatment options and the availability of support services for those with ADHD.
The Greens have advocated for better care and support for people with ADHD for many years. They argue that the current system is failing those with the condition, with long waiting times for diagnosis, limited access to treatment options, and a lack of support services.
The Senate Inquiry will allow those with lived experience of ADHD, healthcare professionals, and other stakeholders to share their views and experiences. The Greens hope this will lead to a better understanding of the challenges faced by those with ADHD and the development of more effective and accessible support services.
In a statement, Senator Jordon Steele-John, Australian Greens spokesperson on Disability Services, Health, and Mental Health, said, “The serious long-term impacts of ADHD are well-established, yet we have not seen a single substantive conversation about the condition in Parliament over the past five years. We must urgently address the gap between what the ADHD community needs and what it’s actually receiving.”