ADHD Support Australia Offers Online Support

COVID-19 has unfortunately impacted many services, but thankfully the foundations laid at ADHD Support Australia in 2019 in creating an online platform to support those across Australia, means that during this time of social distancing all of their services can be accessed online, including the monthly expert speaker evenings that were previously held at Pittwater RSL. 

The next speakers, Dr Kelly Saltman and Vanessa Andrijic from Developmental Paediatrics, will be online on 2nd June @ 7pm discussing the ADHD co-morbid disorders of anxiety & depression in their talk ‘Worries & Wellness’.

They’ll cover:

  • Prevalence of co-morbid anxiety & mood disorders in the ADHD paediatric population
  • Identifying anxiety and mood problems in school-aged kids
  • How a paediatrician would go about assessing these problems
  • How medication can ameliorate or exacerbate anxiety and mood problems
  • Understanding the connection between ADHD and anxiety/mood disorders from a psychological perspective
  • Psychological therapy approaches & considerations for the treatment of anxiety & mood challenges in school-aged children with ADHD
  • Getting to know the signs – how parents and teachers can help

All online speakers are suitable for parents, teens & adults with ADHD, teachers and professionals.  ADHD Support Australia is endorsed to provide 90 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development for teachers attending.

“This accreditation for teachers is fantastic news, as it’s so important for teachers to have the training and skills to ensure our children with ADHD are well-catered for in the classroom allowing them to reach their full potential academically, socially and emotionally.  This accreditation gives teachers added incentive to attend and access training from leading experts in ADHD and its co-morbid conditions.” said Vivian Dunstan, Founder of the organisation.   

For those who have missed past talks, or can’t attend in real time, an online membership site provides members with access to recordings of past and future talks and slides.  

Vivian has been providing a face-to-face Parenting Children with ADHD 6-week course locally in Warriewood for over 4 years, but in late 2019 created an online version which is now available as an alternative.

ADHD Support Australia started life as Northern Beaches ADHD Support Group back in 2013 to support parents of children with ADHD on the Northern Beaches.  In addition to the services mentioned above, a brand-new website was also launched in 2019, incorporating a wealth of information on ADHD, a directory of professionals, services, resources and recommended products, an expert blog and access to various ADHD online communities.   

“My vision to support as many people living with ADHD as possible has now become a reality and luckily just in time for this period in history when online access has become the only option!  Last month’s online 4hr Parenting Workshop and the April talk were both a huge success and it was fantastic to have people participating from multiple states.

“Unfortunately, our local meetups have had to be cancelled due to covid-19, but I’m already planning an online meetup where parents can grab a cuppa and join in an online chat with others on the same path!”

“Giving more people access to the information they require to empower themselves to live their best lives with ADHD is what I focussed on creating last year and I’m so excited and proud that I’ve achieved that.” Vivian said.

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