The Australian Clinical Practice Guideline for ADHD: A Summary for Clinicians

Posted on:November 27, 2022
Last Updated: December 20, 2022
Time to read: 15–18 minutes

The Australian Clinical Practice Guideline for ADHD is a comprehensive guide to diagnosing, treating and managing ADHD.

This guideline provides evidence-based best practice recommendations for the assessment, diagnosis, and management of ADHD in children and adolescents. It also provides guidance for health professionals on managing the long-term effects of ADHD and offering support for those affected.

The Psych Scene Hub has summarised the main points of the Australian Clinical Practice Guideline for ADHD, so that readers can quickly and easily understand the key points of the guideline.

This summary will provide an overview of the most important aspects of the guideline and will be useful for those looking for more information on the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD.

ADHD is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder in children and adolescents, with the prevalence in Australia estimated to be between 6% and 10%. (International 5-8%).

The prevalence of adult ADHD in Australia is between 2% and 6% (similar to international prevalence)

The social and economic costs of ADHD are estimated at  $20.42 billion per year or $25,071 per individual with ADHD per annum. [Deloitte Access Economics. (2019). The social and economic costs of ADHD in Australia. Retrieved from Canberra]

This article summarises the key recommendations from the Australian Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). [AADPA]

This summary is best read in combination with other articles we have previously covered for a comprehensive overview of ADHD.

Neurobiology of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – A Primer

Diagnosis and Management of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – Focus on Adult ADHD

Evidence-Based Summary of the ADHD International Consensus Statement

ADHD and Comorbidities – Management Principles

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