Could it be ADHD?: Triaging issues of focus and attention in teens with


Associate Professor Daryl Efron

A/Prof Daryl Efron is a paediatrician who has worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital for 30 years and currently holds appointments as a general paediatrician in the Department of General Medicine at the Royal Children’s Hospital, associate professor in the University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics, and senior research fellow in the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. He is active in research into better ways to treat children with developmental disorders such as autism, ADHD and Tourette syndrome.

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Dr Bianca Forrester, has lived and worked in the Geelong community for 15 years. She is a senior lecturer in Primary Care at the University of Melbourne and is also a lecturer at Deakin’s School of Medicine. In addition to her clinical work, she runs several communities of practice on issues including COVID care, family violence and youth mental health.

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in requests for assessment for ADHD in primary care. With psychiatrists specialising in child and adolescent health in short supply and with most paediatrician books either closed for behavioural assessments or wait times up to 2 years, many of us in primary care have been reflecting upon our system and current models of care. What role can GPs play in the assessment and management of ADHD? Are there ways that assessment and care can be better streamlined and integrated across primary and tertiary sectors? What roles can nurses in school-based services play? With secondary mental health issues common among teens with neurodevelopmental disorders, when we recognise the diathesis of ADHD in a mental health presentation, how can we better tailor care and support whilst awaiting diagnosis? 

This webinar was recorded on 19 July 2023.