The 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”, 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 1965. Under the Scheme, the Stimulant Prescribing Code (PDF 424KB) sets out the criteria for the prescribing of stimulant medicines in WA.
This website contains information on the Stimulant Regulatory Scheme (PDF 124KB) for both health consumers and health professionals.