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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): an update on policy and practice in Australia

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Child health Maternal and infant welfare Australia

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a term used to describe the wide variety of lifelong developmental effects associated with prenatal alcohol exposure. This paper outlines developments for the prevention of FASD and the diagnosis and support of children and young people living with FASD in Australia.

It describes some of the key policy and practice initiatives since 2016, including the National FASD Strategic Action Plan 2018-2028, and considers further opportunities for responding to the needs of children and families affected by FASD. This paper is intended to provide an overview of the key issues for child and family practitioners who may encounter children and families living with FASD.

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CFCA Paper No.65