HOW ADHD MEDICATION CAN BE PRESCRIBED FOR ADULTS
In Australia, both stimulant and non-stimulant medications can be used to treat adult ADHD:
All ADHD stimulant medications are classified under Australian legislation (Poisons Standard) as Schedule 8 controlled drugs.
All states and territories have different laws about prescribing schedule 8 drugs, which can create problems for patients moving between states/territories and for doctors engaging in telepsychiatry across state/territory borders. In addition, some states/territories do not honour prescriptions from other states/territories.
You can find out about the regulations that doctors in each Australian state and territory (and in New Zealand) have to follow when prescribing ADHD medication through the ADHD Stimulant Prescribing Regulations & Authorities In Australia & New Zealand.
THE COST OF ADHD MEDICATION FOR ADULTS
The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) subsidises some ADHD medications with limitations on both age and dosage.
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