Another Successful Speaker Event: Holiday Survival Tips & Strategies


Saturday 8 December saw people from many backgrounds take away  useful tips and strategies for surviving and enjoying the Christmas holidays. 

If you have ADHD, Christmas and New Year can be exciting ... also overwhelming and frustrating. The holidays hits a large number of ADHD stress points like: remembering dates, organising presents, getting to gatherings on time, keeping up with family news, mixing with in-laws and managing your symptoms.

Popular Australian ADHD expert, Dr Caroline Stevenson, talked about ADHD strengths/weaknesses, how to use the strengths, and importantly, how to make our weaknesses invisible.

Following the talk Caroline kindly gave generously of her time answering additional questions from participants. During the afternoon attendees also made good use of information and the free, evidence-based, ADHD self-help resources on display.

For 22 years ADDults with ADHD has run quarterly ADHD Awareness Afternoons with practical topics led by great speakers that provide a chance to meet and chat with others over tea and coffee. ADDults with ADHD is a volunteer run, not for profit charity, dedicated to supporting ADHD adults, families, carers and the wider community.

There will be a new series of ADHD Awareness Afternoons in the new year starting on 2 March 2019 and ADDults with ADHD invites everyone to attend. 

For more information monitor the EVENTS tab on this site.

All the best over the Holiday Season!

Watching Hannah Gadsby I had a light bulb moment

Rose Callaghan is a Melbourne based stand-up comedian, actor, writer and presenter. In 2016 she toured her debut solo stand-up show “Rose Before Hoes/Attention Deficit…Ooh a Pony!”, selling out at Perth Fringeworld, Melbourne Comedy Festival and Sydney Fringe where she won “Best Comedy” award.

 She has appeared as a comedian on Nova, Triple J, ABC and RRR. She hosts a popular comedy podcast about internet dating and sex regularly performs during the Melbourne Comedy Festival. 

Five years ago at the age of 32, she was diagnosed with ADHD. She saw Hannah Gadsby do stand-up in Melbourne, where she spoke about being diagnosed with the condition late in life.

This was a massive “light bulb moment” for me. I had suspected for a decade that I had the disorder. After listening to Hannah she made an appointment, was tested and diagnosed with having ADHD.

"Women slip under the radar because “we don’t exhibit the traits that we’ve come to associate with ADHD." says Rose.

"Hannah Gadsby is the most talked about comedian in the world"

"She’s changing the world with her Netflix special Nanette an incredible discussion of homophobia, male privilege, abuse and mental health. She is also frank about being a woman with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder." 

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Apps for Adults with ADHD

As pc’s and smart phones become increasingly accessible so is the number of apps (abbreviation for application). Apps can help us with a wide range of lifestyle, education and work-related needs e.g. image editing, budgeting, health tracking and tutoring etc.

There are even apps to assist people with mental health and neuro-developmental disorders such as ADHD. Apps specifically designed to assist adults with ADHD are a useful adjunct to behavioural strategies to address core issues such as organization, focus, memory and planning. It should be noted however that Apps are not a substitute for evidence-based treatment.


The website ADDitude Mag has a comprehensive list of ADHD apps to assist both adults and children with the specific needs.


ADHD and Me - Rory Bremner

Rory Bremner ADHD and Me

British political satirist Rory Bremner's quest to discover whether or not he has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) makes excellent viewing.

Bremner is one of the UK’s most famous impressionists and political comedians. His incisive TV shows have won many awards in the UK including four Baftas, three Royal Television Awards and two British Comedy Awards.

His most recent appearance though, on a BBC2 documentary that aired on SBS Viceland, is one you shouldn’t miss! It is an excellent documentary about his life, ADHD symptoms, getting the information and the pathway to diagnosis.

Login through this link or search through your own SBS On Demand app: "ADHD and Me" program broadcast SBS Viceland 20/3/2018


New Report Highlights NDIS Gaps for People With Severe Mental Illness

A new report has warned that the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme will leave many people with psychosocial disability without appropriate mental health support.

The Mind the Gap report, compiled by the University of Sydney and Community Mental Health Australia, details the experiences of consumers, providers and advocacy groups in the mental health sector.

The National Insurance Disability Agency (NDIA) has estimated the full roll out of the scheme in 2019-20 will support only 64,000 people with primary psychosocial disability. The report estimates that there are 690,000 Australians living with severe mental health issues.

This means up to 91 per cent of people with severe mental illness would have to rely on non-NDIS community mental health services to support them.

Read more about the report here (Pro Bono Australia)

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