The Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW is using its annual Awareness Week campaign to highlight the issue of neurodiversity and neurodivergent conditions, with a particular emphasis on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and the growing number of adult women who are being diagnosed with the condition.
The 2023 campaign will run from September 3rd to 9th, focused on increasing awareness around neurodiversity and neurodivergent conditions (which includes ADHD, autism, dyslexia and Tourette syndrome), and is calling for urgent changes to improve diagnosis and treatment options around ADHD, with rural, regional and remote NSW residents particularly impacted.
Celia Klinger, Vice President CWA Canowindra Branch, said the issue of neurodiversity was raised at the CWA of NSW’s annual State Conference in Bathurst in May, when a motion was supported asking ‘governments to investigate ways to reduce the costs of diagnosing and treating adult (ADHD)’, with a number of branch members relating their own experiences of recent diagnosis and the challenges they had encountered.
“With an increase in the number of adults, many of them women, who are being diagnosed with, or seeking diagnosis, for ADHD, demand is currently exceeding the services available. Costs for diagnosis are rising, medication supplies are periodically stretched, and out-of-pocket treatment costs are putting pressure on household budgets,” she said.
This year, the CWA of NSW is partnering with the Australian ADHD Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation committed to providing help and support to people living with or supporting someone with ADHD, and ultimately “working to make the lives of people with ADHD easier and simpler”.
As part of CWA of NSW Awareness Week, the Canowindra Branch will be holding it’s monthly Friendship morning tea on Monday 11th September and will have information available on this topic. For more information visit https://adhdfoundation.org.au