20 November 2015

Report details patterns of ADHD treatment in WA

The number of patients prescribed stimulant medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) increased in 2014, according to the latest report from the Western Australian Stimulant Regulatory Scheme.

There were 18,656 Western Australians receiving stimulants for the treatment of ADHD in 2014, up from 17,599 in 2013. In 2014, these patients filled 152,279 prescriptions for stimulant mediation.

WA Health Chief Pharmacist Neil Keen said the Stimulant Regulatory Scheme had set the policy for prescribing and dispensing of stimulant medication in WA since 2003.

“This is the tenth report of the Scheme and provides a detailed description of stimulant prescribing patterns in WA, rates of treatment and patient demographics.”

“The current figures show an increase in people receiving treatment compared to 2013, which continues the recent trend of a consistent, gradual rise,” Mr Keen said.

“The overall number of patients in treatment has increased since the scheme began in 2003, but this also reflects growth in the WA population over this period.

“When compared across the population, the rates of prescribing for adults have increased from 5.8 to 6.0 per 1,000 people,” he said.

“At the same time the rates for children have also increased slightly, from 13.4 to 13.7 per 1,000 people.”

A snapshot of the 2014 figures for adults shows:

  • 11,685 patients were treated with stimulants (62.6% of all patients)
  • 61.8% were male and 38.2% were female
  • 1,301 patients were new to treatment.

For children the report also showed:

  • 6,971 patients being treated (37.4% of all patients)
  • 78.7% were male and 21.3% were female
  • 1,637 patients were new to treatment.