DR RAJ TANNA
Adult ADHD Expert
Helping people live more fulfilling lives
I’m Dr Raj Tanna. I’m a leading Psychiatrist in Perth with an expert focus on Adult ADHD. I bring local and international expertise in Psychiatry and Psychotherapeutic medicine to my practice, including early intervention of mental health.
I help adults 17 years and older to manage and heal from ADHD and related mental health issues.
As a family member of people with mental illness I understand the complex needs for recovery. The core of my approach is individualised care to create positive lifelong change. My work is driven by a belief that every person has the right to mental wellbeing, to realise their own abilities and the right to access ethical, high-quality care.
Throughout my career I’ve improved, modernised, and led award-winning community mental health services in Perth and London. I’ve led several initiatives to reform service cultures and improve the quality of individual community care, most recently as Head of Service at Joondalup Community Mental Health and to Western Australia Country Health.
For more than 15 years, I’ve been a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and an accredited member of the Faculty of Psychotherapy. I’m also an accredited Mentalization-Based Therapy Practitioner with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in London.
I completed my primary medical degree from University College London and a Bachelor of Science scholarship specialising in cognitive neurosciences, including research with American-British neuroscientist and Nobel laureate John O’Keefe. I’ve trained psychiatrists to enhance the practice of individualised care, including reforming how medication is prescribed. I’ve held academic posts at the University of Western Australia and the University of Notre Dame.
Here are a few programs I’ve contributed to over my career that I’m proud of :
Creating the Headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program – Perth
As Senior Advisor to Black Swan Health Ltd in 2014, I was heavily involved in the planning, service design and development of the Headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program in north Perth, a world-first model of early intervention and specialist support for young people. I collaborated with Headspace and Orygen, the world-renowned National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health.
Supporting People with complex mental health issues – Peel Rockingham and Kwinana
In 2013 my team provided innovative community treatment for adults with highly complex mental health and social difficulties. We used more integrated approaches within the community. In only six months, hospital stays reduced by 40 per cent. This program won a prestigious Good Outcomes Award from the Mental Health Commission of the Government of Western Australia.
Improving Early Intervention in Psychosis – London
In 2005, I helped develop a comprehensive care service for Early Intervention in Psychosis based on local and international evidence. Creating person-centred programs, we helped dramatically improve individual access and recovery. I then became an advisor on a leadership committee to introduce this service in all London boroughs. The service was cited in the Health Service Journal as an exemplar of innovation.
WORK WITH ME
Healing is about finding the right approach for you
Each person is unique. We all have our own specific needs. We communicate in our own way.
I collaborate with you to develop a recovery plan that best suits your mental and emotional needs and what’s happening in the context of your life, including relationships, work, interests and aspirations.
When we feel vulnerable our spirit can start to weaken. I integrate psychotherapeutic and psychiatric approaches to help you focus on your strengths, so you can feel more connected, hopeful and optimistic in your personal recovery, change and growth.
This individual integrative approach may include aspects of lifestyle and nutrition to lessen the use and doses of medications when needed.
The key personal principles that lead my practice include compassion, honesty and respect. I believe in providing high-quality, expert and ethical care involving:
I listen to people’s wishes. I recognise and value each person’s vulnerabilities. It’s not always easy to share what we feel and experience. Vulnerabilities are important to acknowledge and work with, because I see first-hand how they can become areas of growth to cope and feel better.
I walk shoulder-to-shoulder through a person’s recovery. Sometimes this journey can include working with other professionals whether coaches, counsellors, psychologists, general practitioners or another specialist, who we can involve by recommendation.
I’m one part of a person’s journey. Mental wellbeing is a broader community endeavour that includes the strength and support of families, friends and others. When needed I work with an individual’s supports to ensure people have someone who will listen and guide them through their concerns.
Services to treat Adult ADHD
Receive leading expert support
The symptoms of Adult ADHD are significantly under-recognised, despite being commonly understood in childhood. Many adults are living with ADHD and mistake the symptoms for a stressful life. Some typical signs can include: procrastinating, losing focus, feeling distracted, restless, and irritated. Being hyper focussed in some tasks, impulsive, and forgetful. Trying to organise, prioritise and arrange everyday things becomes increasingly stressful, at home and work.
You’re not alone. You can lead a more fulfilled life through individualised care. I’m passionate about providing high quality, individual and holistic care to make life easier for you, your family and friends. I don’t believe in a one-treatment fits all approach. I prescribe medication as needed and specific to an individual’s circumstance. Read my recent article, A Focus on ADHD in Adults, to learn more.
Neuropsychological tests aren’t required before an initial assessment. They don’t screen for ADHD and they cannot establish a diagnosis of ADHD. Diagnosis can only be made through a detailed clinical assessment by a specialist Psychiatrist. After a clinical assessment, I can determine if any further testing is required.
Throughout my career, I’ve also worked with people experiencing a range of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, and stress-related problems which can be associated with ADHD. I understand and empathise with how challenging life can be living with Adult ADHD.
Services I provide:
- Detailed specialist assessments with feedback for you and your GP
- Second opinions
- Ongoing care
- Expert advice and consultation to mental health & community service providers, organisations and employers. I have substantial leadership experience and expertise in service planning and design, quality improvement and change, governance, and supportive frameworks including debriefing.
Book a private consultations based on your convenience:
- Online via Telehealth video conferencing / Skype from your computer or smartphone.
- If you live in a rural and remote area, Telehealth initial assessments are subsidised, so you have reduced out-of-pocket expenses.
HOW TO GET STARTED
- Get a referral letter sent from your doctor.
The letter should state ‘Item 291’ if for initial assessment and report or ‘Item 296’ for ongoing care.
- Email / fax / upload the referral letter.
- My team will call you to arrange an appointment.
I’m closely following developments re COVID-19 and the implications for patient care.
Appointments are currently either face to face or by Telehealth.