The Stimulant Regulatory Scheme was established in August 2003, in response to the policy Attentional Problems in Children: Diagnosis and Management of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Associated Disorders (PDF 270KB) which was released by the Minister for Health in 2002.
The policy required that the Department of Health Western Australia revise the existing regulatory scheme for stimulant medicines (dexamphetamine and methylphenidate) used in the treatment of ADHD.
The legislative framework for the scheme is contained in the Poisons Regulations 1995 (external site), which is subsidiary legislation to the Medicines and Poisons Act 2014 (external site).
Policy and procedures
The criteria for the prescribing of stimulant medicines in WA are set out in:
Forms for stimulant prescribers
Renewal of authority to prescribe outside the code
Annual reports and statistics on the scheme
Pharmaceutical Services Branch