Authors: The Attention disorders Association of South Australia
Event: 1999 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: SA
Award level: Silver
Award category: Best Consumer Project
Abstract: The Attention Disorders Association of South Australia (ADASA) is the peak organisation for approximately 40,000 sufferers of ADHD and their carers. The organisation is consumer-run, has no ongoing funding and no paid staff. The ADASA Community Agency Membership Program makes information, counselling and support groups available to local communities and educated the wider community, without an expensive, top-heavy central organisation. Agencies such as health centres, community centres, schools and local councils are provided with advice, print materials, training, and some group funding. In return the agencies agree to set up and maintain ADHD support groups, provide individual support, and make all ADASA materials available to their local community. They pay ADASA a yearly fee of $75. This innovative 'services franchise' combines the best of local and central resources. The ADASA Community Agency Membership program provides a model of how a small incorporated association can reach thousands of consumers. Description of Facility/Organisation: Consumer-initiated, consumer run, incorporated, not-for-profit association. Servicing sufferes and carers of ADHD (Attention Deficit Heperactivity Disorder) throught South Australia. Approximately 40,000 South Australians have ADHD. There is no other ADHD umbrella organisation in South Australia.