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Around 6-8% of children and 3-5% of adults in Australia have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This means more than 1 million Australians have ADHD. If left untreated, ADHD can result in significant lifelong functional impairments with poor long-term outcomes. The social and economic burden of ADHD in Australia is estimated at $20 billion per year.

There are effective non-medication and medication treatments for ADHD, which can reduce symptoms and improve function and participation, resulting in better personal outcomes and a reduction in community and economic costs.

Given ADHD is common, and the significant negative impacts ADHD can have when it is not recognised and treated, it is important for General Practitioners to be aware of ADHD including how to identify, diagnose and provide treatment and support.

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