Based in Nedlands, we’ve been working alongside the WA ADHD community since 1993.
As a research-based support and information agency, we assist and empower people with ADHD and associated conditions. We also work alongside their families, partners, co-workers, teachers, or anyone who is connected to someone living with ADHD.
We recognise that ADHD affects people across the lifespan, and support children, teenagers, and adults however we can.
What we do
The ADHD WA mission is to provide support and information to members, parents, families, and all people affected by learning and attentional disorders. We advocate on their behalf and work in partnership with others to ensure appropriate, engaging, and effective services are available.
How we do it
A fresh start
Formerly known as LADS (Learning and Attentional Disorders Society of WA), ADHD WA was officially opened in September 1993 following a year-long, government-sponsored research program. This program demonstrated that services for those diagnosed with ADHD were inadequate, poorly coordinated, and unable to cope with public demands. It also highlighted the insufficient levels of support and information available for people with ADHD.
ADHD WA was founded to change this and start providing highly-professional resources, programs, counselling, events, and more, to effectively support people affected by ADHD. We place an emphasis on promoting research-based materials to provide the most informed support available.
A thank you to our founders
The Hon Keith Wilson, who was Health Minister at the time, was our inaugural president, and Dr Christopher Green was our first patron. The tireless voluntary work of our founder, Wendy Mander, formed the backbone of ADHD WA until 1999, supported by the Office coordinator, Professional Advisory Board, Management Committee and office volunteers.
We acknowledge our founders and thank them for their efforts in creating this incredible, people-focused organisation.