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ADHD Co-Management Information

In recent times, there has been a notable increase in the number of Australians diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

 

As individuals diagnosed in childhood transition into adulthood, and as public awareness of ADHD grows, there's an increasing demand for ADHD management among adults. However, accessing a psychiatrist can be a challenge.

 

Long wait times and the expenses involved with ongoing care from a psychiatrist can be prohibitive for many. ProCare has developed a fresh approach to ADHD care for adults.

 

Through a thorough Telehealth review, you may have the opportunity to shift your ADHD care and medication management to your general practitioner (GP). 

  • Dramatically reduce wait times and costs for patients

  • Offer nationwide access via Telehealth

  • Include both a psychiatrist and mental health nurse  practitioner during reviews

  • Provide patients with personalised education and management plans

  • Allow psychiatrists to authorise GPs to prescribe ADHD psychostimulant medication

  • Empower patients to be better supported by their GPs

Our ADHD Co-Management Program Will:

To get things started, we ask that you speak with your GP about them taking over your ADHD care and medication. Once your GP agrees to this new arrangement, they will need to supply relevant patient data, history and clinical assessment as well as your referral.

 

Your GP will also refer you for the following tests:  

   

• Electrocardiogram     

• Full Blood Count     

• Urea Electrolytes and Creatinine Test     

• Liver Function Test     

• Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Test  

 

The results of these tests must be shared with ProCare prior to your appointment being booked. Once this information is reviewed by our clinical team, a telehealth session is scheduled involving both a ProCare psychiatrist and mental health nurse practitioner.

How are you assessed during the clincial review?

To provide a holistic model of care, each clinical interview is conducted by a psychiatrist and a mental health nurse practitioner. Assessments are conducted via Telehealth and will last around 60 minutes. ProCare’s clinicians will:   

 

  • Conduct an Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS) assessment. Discuss your developmental history.     

  • Assess your ADHD symptoms over the prior 6 month period.

  • Assess impairments at work, home and in personal relationships.

  • Rule out other psychiatric disorders and establish potential comorbid conditions.     

  • Discuss family history of mental health.

  • Rule out ongoing social stressors which act as generators of symptoms that mimic ADHD.

  • Conduct additional neuropsychological assessments regarding attention, memory, intellectual functioning and more.

What Follows ProCare’s Clinical Review?

You will be provided with a mental health plan including a recommendation for your treatment pathway (both pharmaceutical and behavioural).

 

When determined appropriate, the interviewing psychiatrist will write a letter to approve your GP’s application for the authority to prescribe.

 

You will then have your ADHD care and medication managed by your GP for a length of time dependent on the state in which the GP practices.

Want to find out more? Get in touch with our staff - admin@procare.org.au - (02) 4960 1523

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