A Parliamentary Committee has been tasked with investigating the access and adequacy of support services for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in Australia.
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder. It can limit a person’s ability to focus and also increase their hyperactivity. ADHD often begins in childhood.
The Greens had previously initiated the push for the ADHD inquiry. The Senate approved it on Tuesday. Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John moved the call for the inquiry.
The findings are expected to be finalised by September.
ADHD in Australia
Estimates show one in 20 Australians has ADHD. It is more frequently diagnosed in boys.
The exact causes of ADHD aren’t known. However, previous studies have shown that symptoms are related to the brain’s biology.
Some genetic and environmental factors could cause ADHD, according to Healthdirect. This could also include a lack of early attachment with a caregiver.
The inquiry has been assigned to the Community Affairs References Committee. It will also recommend measures to improve diagnosis and support services for Australians with ADHD.
The committee will investigate barriers to “consistent, timely, and best practice assessment” of ADHD. It will also explore support services available for the disorder.
The role of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in supporting people with ADHD will be assessed. The social and economic cost of inadequate ADHD services will also be evaluated.