Dr Ashar Khan
MBBS. MRCPsych. FRANZCP.
Neuropsychiatry of ADHD & Autism Spectrum Disorders
QLD ADHD & Neurosciences Clinic
Asst. Prof. Bond University Faculty Of Health Sciences and Medicine
Dr Ashar Khan has practised as a Specialist in Neurobehavioral Psychiatry at the Gold Coast for over a decade. He has 12 years of experience as a Senior Staff Specialist at Queensland Health Acute Care and Emergency Psychiatric Services. He has attained Royal College accredited Fellowship Training in Addiction Psychiatry, Membership of The Royal College of Psychiatrists UK and the Fellowship of the Royal Australian And New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He has been an Accredited Royal College of Psychiatrists Examiner for Specialist Examinations and Registrar Training Supervisor at Gold Coast Mental Health Service for 10 years. At a national level, he is a Committee member of The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Membership Engagement Committee, Private Practice Committee and the Qld Member of the RANZCP ADHD Network.
Over the last decade, Dr Khan has attained extensive training and expertise in ADHD, Autistic Spectrum over a lifespan (0-65 yrs), and associated Mental Health as well as Specific Learning Disorders. He is a member of The World ADHD Federation, CHADD (USA), CADDRA (Canada) and is affiliated with a number of Australian and international experts in ADHD.
Dr Khan first recognized the vast prevalence of undetected ADHD during his addiction training in Toowoomba QLD in 2004. In the ensuing years, he observed similar patterns of lack of recognition, early detection and diagnosis, advocacy, supports, and expertise for early treatment intervention in children and adults with ADHD and Autism Spectrum or related disorders. Both clinicians and patients/carers/families lacked avenues or awareness of the modern science underlying ADHD and ASD. Confusion, taboo, myths and public stigma seemed prevalent. Specifically, Dr Khan recognised a general lack of early family involvement, education, screening, cognitive testing, and a holistic evidence-based approach to Neurodevelopmental Disorders. This, despite evidence from the last 20 years of research that up to 30% to 50% of ADHD patients suffer from complex, severe and enduring Mood Disorders such as Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, addiction to illicit substances and Alcohol etc. Furthermore, there was no integrated patient-focused tailored Team approach between various clinical disciplines. Lastly, it was a concern that a large number of clinicians were not properly trained or qualified in ADHD type complex disorders.
Dr Khan established Gold Coast Specialist Clinic (GCSC) in 2013 and later QLD ADHD & Neurosciences Clinic (QANC) in 2016 as a ‘one-stop’ Specialist platform for early diagnostic detection and treatment intervention specifically for ADHD, Autism or other Specific Learning Disorders.
QANC was set up as a novel unique clinic allowing top experts in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, using a cutting-edge scientific approach in keeping with modern research and international guidelines.
QANC has its ethos in the principles of empowerment, shared care with patients and carers and all the clinical stakeholders. Its philosophy lies in advocacy and autonomy for atypical and complex mental health problems which are hidden or missed under the realm of Neurodevelopmental Disorders of ADHD, ASD and SLD.
Dr Khan has created multidimensional, Specialist-led, targeted, customised and goal-based diagnostic protocols catering towards highlighting the uniqueness of every patient and their suffering. The emphasis is on a ‘non-generic’ holistic approach, incorporating ‘nature vs nurture’ with the ‘mind-brain-body’ model of bringing together Neuropsychiatry, Paediatrics and Primary Care Specialists to provide the most comprehensive platform of interventions, with a focus on cutting-edge early diagnosis and early treatment interventions that are unmatched in Australia.
As A Sub-Specialist in Neurocognitive Disorders for children, adolescents and adults, Dr Khan offers expertise in:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders ASD/Asperger’s
- Specific Learning Deficits
- Dual Diagnosis: Neuro-cognitive – Developmental Disorders Co-existing with Addiction Behaviour