Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a life-long neurological condition, affecting approximately 5% of the population. This equates to approximately one million people, and an estimated 300,000 children under the age of 17 in Australia.
A new ADHD website was the brainchild of Michael Kohn, Head of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Westmead Hospital, Clinical Associate Professor, Sydney University School of Medicine, Chair of ADHD Australia and Head of the Centre for Research for Adolescent Health (CRASH) at Westmead Hospital.
“This new website provides a tangible link to make the research outcomes from CRASH, ADHD Australia and other centres accessible, which provides so much information to assist those with, and supporting a person with ADHD, be able to understand the condition, learn of available resources and establish peer-to-peer connections”, said Professor Kohn.
The website is the culmination of a two-year collaboration between ADHD Australia, the Centre for Research for Adolescent Health (CRASH) at Westmead, Westmead Hospital Foundation and IMB Bank Community Foundation, which in 2020 celebrates its 21st anniversary, provided the funding for the development of the website.
IMB Bank CEO Robert Ryan said, “IMB Bank is proud to support CRASH, ADHD Australia, Westmead Hospital Foundation, and we would like to congratulate the entire team on the launch of the new website”.
“The work undertaken by ADHD Australia is incredibly important for thousands of families and individuals living with ADHD, and this online resource will be an invaluable source of information and resources”, said Mr Ryan.
A catalyst for the new ADHD website has been the need to create a trusted information hub for all Australians, and especially for those living in rural regions, where this information has been lacking.
“The website portal has the flexibility to grow and take advantage of the new ways in which a digital platform can link and empower individuals and communities’, said Professor Kohn.
“The creation and plans for ongoing development establishing ADHD Australia as the peak national organisation supporting those with ADHD and their communities”.
Professor Kohn said, “I would like to take a leaf from an IMB advertisement, ‘it’s not business, it’s personal’, and this absolutely reflects the experience we have had with IMB Bank.’
Westmead Hospital Foundation hosted the launch of the website at Westmead Hospital, and Foundation CEO Joe Conneely said, “Westmead Hospital Foundation has been involved in this dynamic collaboration since its inception”. Mr Conneely added, “We are delighted to have provided support to Michael Kohn’s CRASH team at Westmead Hospital and ADHD Australia to help improve the quality of lives of thousands of people with ADHD and their communities across Australia”.
Members of the CRASH team attended the launch of the website along with Board Members from ADHD Australia from around the country, IMB and Westmead Hospital Foundation at Westmead Hospital. Messages of congratulations on the launch of the new site were received from Ms Christine Morgan, CEO, National Mental Health Commission, with other politicians and community leaders.
ADHD Australia CEO Len Russell demonstrated the new “dynamic and mobile friendly” website to the audiences, both present and linked via webinar from across Australia.
Mr Russell said, “ADHD Australia has been fortunate to have IMB Bank Community Foundation support our organisation, and in funding the development of the new website”.
Mr Russell emphasised, “The new ADHD website is not the end, it is just the start for ADHD Australia, and is central to allowing us now to push out all the outputs, fact sheets, surveys, webinars, submissions and collaborations, and all that stems from our online presence.”
The website can now bring research, medical information and evidence-based models of care to the community.
Photo Caption: ADHD Australia CEO Len Russell; IMB Bank Manager Parramatta Rachael Core; ADHD Australia Chair, Head of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Westmead Hospital, Clinical Associate Professor, Sydney University School of Medicine, Chair of ADHD Australia and Head of the Centre for Research for Adolescent Health (CRASH) at Westmead Hospital, Michael Kohn; Westmead Hospital Foundation CEO Joe Conneely
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