People Centred

ADHD WA is a support, information and advocacy agency, founded in 1993 and formerly known as LADS - Learning and Attentional Disorders Society of WA. ADHD WA is for people with ADHD and associated conditions. ADHD WA supports children, teenagers and adults with ADHD their parents, partners, as well as those who treat teach and work with them.


Provide support, advocacy and accurate information to members, parents, families and all people affected by learning and attentional disorders, to advocate on their behalf and to work in partnership with others to ensure appropriate services are available.

Values and Principles

Voice: ADHD WA will provide a voice for people whose lives are affected by ADHD and associated conditions. ADHD WA acknowledges and values the significant experience and expertise of people with ADHD, their families and those affected by the condition and recognises them as a critical and legitimate source of knowledge.

Advocacy: ADHD WA will ensure that the concerns and views of people with and affected by ADHD are accurately presented to the media, clinicians, service providers, politicians, policy makers and services.

Lifespan: ADHD WA recognises the effect of ADHD and attentional and behavioural disorders across the lifespan.

Recognition/Understanding: ADHD WA believes that greater understanding about ADHD will benefit people with and affected by ADHD, as well as the community as a whole. ADHD WA will promote more informed understanding of ADHD in the community.

Diverse Approaches and Evidence-Based Practice: ADHD WA believes in the value of evidence-based, diverse views and approaches to ADHD, its causes, effects and treatment. ADHD WA encourages and supports evidence-based professional practice and approaches to ADHD that respect each client and family’s rights and needs.

Involvement/Participation: People affected by ADHD will be involved in establishing the direction of the agency, its management and its operations.

Balanced Debate: ADHD WA encourages and promotes a balanced and informed debate on ADHD. ADHD WA believes in presenting views and positions supported by evidence, rather than ideology and populist rhetoric about ADHD.

Affordable and Accessible Services: ADHD WA believes that all people affected by ADHD have a right to appropriate services. ADHD WA works towards making those services accessible and affordable to those who need them.

Reduce Suffering and Harm: ADHD WA believes in reducing the harm and suffering that result from ADHD and associated conditions.


ADHD WA was officially opened in September 1993, following a year-long government-sponsored research program which clearly demonstrated that services for those diagnosed with ADHD were inadequate, poorly co-ordinated and unable to cope with the demands placed upon them. It also highlighted the very poor levels of support and information that were available for people with ADHD.

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. After Wendy’s death in 1999 ADHD WA re-grouped and volunteers came forward to offer their services to the ADHD community.  Having moved several times in the past we are now happily settled in the Neurological Council of WA facilities at The Niche in Nedlands.

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