News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Closure a disgrace

New Zealand Association for Adolescent Health and Development

Media Release
12 May 2006

For immediate release

Closure a disgrace

The closure of Teenadders, the country’s only specialist service for young people with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), is a disgrace.

New Zealand needs more, not less, specialist services in this field, says New Zealand Association of Adolescent Health and Development (NZAAHD) spokesperson Dr Sue Bagshaw.

“ADHD is highly stigmatised illness, but nonetheless a real one. Its vitally important that we do not loose Teenadders - in fact we need to have more!” Dr Bagshaw says.

The best way to support young people to make a positive contribution to society is to help them get an education and employment. This is exactly what Teenadders does for ADD young people.

The Ministry of Education’s ADHD guidelines (New Zealand Guidelines for the Assessment and Treatment of ADHD 2001) state “When ADHD persists into adolescence and adulthood there are increased risks associated with education failure and antisocial behaviour.”

“It’s much better that these young people are in a centre like Teenadders, than ending up in an acute ward, or worse in jail,” Dr Baghsaw says.

The New Zealand Association for Adolescent Health and Development calls on Waitamatea DHB and other funders to come to the party and support Teenadders.

Why after 11 years of struggle are health and education still ignoring the need for adequate resourcing and passing the buck?


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>


New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news