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Alison Poulton

Alison Poulton

Senior Lecturer Paediatrics, University of Sydney

I am a paediatrician specialising in treating children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I studied medicine at Girton College Cambridge and Guy’s Hospital London, qualifying in 1982. I trained in paediatrics in Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham UK before migrating to Australia. I completed my advanced training in Melbourne and Sydney and gained the FRACP in 1993. I work at Nepean Hospital, at Penrith Child and Youth Mental Health Service and in private practice in Penrith and have raised a family of four children.

I was awarded my MD from the University of Cambridge in 2011. This was based on research into the collateral effects of stimulant medication on children’s height, weight, physical maturity and body composition.

Is it anxiety or ADHD, or both? How to tell the difference and why it matters

Jun 21, 2023 07:15 am UTC| Health

Cassie is an anxious adult. She stresses and puts off tasks that should be simple. Seeing others succeed makes her feel inadequate. Its easier to avoid challenges than risk failing again. She has taken anxiety medication...

Imaging study confirms differences in ADHD brains

Feb 22, 2017 05:21 am UTC| Health

The prestigious journal The Lancet has published a large study identifying differences in the brains of people diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It found ADHD is associated with the delayed...

ADHD: claims we're diagnosing immature behaviour make it worse for those affected

Feb 03, 2017 07:40 am UTC| Health

A recent study on prescriptions of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications for children in Western Australia found a similar trend to that already shown by data from the US and other...

Ritalin, helpful for many with ADHD but dangerous if abused by those without it

Nov 18, 2016 09:37 am UTC| Health

Ritalin is the most common brand name for methylphenidate, a stimulant used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Pharmaceutical company Novartis owns the name Ritalin, but methylphenidate is...

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Politics

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