Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder



Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): an update on policy and practice in 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...
Journal article

Review of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a preventable, lifelong disability. This review provides a comprehensive synthesis of the available information on FASD among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with reference to the limitations on population-based data and evaluated programs.

Pregnancy warning labels on alcoholic beverages: approval report – proposal P1050

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has assessed a proposal to consider a mandatory pregnancy warning label on packaged alcoholic beverages. Evidence demonstrates pregnancy warning labels on packaged alcoholic beverages can raise awareness of the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy and prompt discussion of...

Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into effective approaches to prevention and diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and strategies for optimising life outcomes for people with FASD

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress' submission to the Senate Inquiry into Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), and a broader strategy to reduce alcohol related harms of all kinds.

Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the Northern Territory 2018-2024

The Northern Territory government is delivering broad alcohol reforms that aim to reduce the demand, supply and harm caused by alcohol across the Territory. It is anticipated that the initiatives targeting alcohol misuse will reduce population levels of consumption, and will contribute to reducing the...
Briefing paper

Reducing harms related to alcohol use in pregnancy: policy and practice recommendations

The widespread use of alcohol during pregnancy is a significant public health concern in Australia. Prenatal exposure to alcohol, caused by maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy, increases the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and FASD.
Policy report

When your disability doesn't fit

This report urges governments to conduct a review of law and policy to determine where people with FASD are excluded, and to work together with medical professionals and advocates for people with FASD and other forms of cognitive impairment, to develop a more inclusive definition...

Diversionary pathways for Aboriginal youth with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

This project explores diversionary methods and law reform options that will equip courts and multi-agency teams, partnered with community owned and managed services, to construct alternative pathways into treatment and support.
Journal article

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and youth justice: a prevalence study among young people sentenced to detention in Western Australia

This study, in a representative sample of young people in detention in Western Australia, has documented a high prevalence of FASD and severe neurodevelopmental impairment, the majority of which had not been previously identified.

Taking action on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: 2016–2019 - an action plan

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur when a fetus is exposed to alcohol during pregnancy. In the broadest sense, this includes miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth, physical abnormalities and an increased risk of...
Position paper

Hidden harm: targeting alcohol's impact on children and families

In the lead up to the 2 July 2016 election, the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) is calling on all major political parties to address alcohol’s hidden harm.

Conversations about alcohol and pregnancy

This research, funded by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), and undertaken by the University of Canberra’s News and Media Research Centre, has found that women receive and actively interpret contradictory information about the risks of drinking alcohol while pregnant from a number...

Alcohol, hurting people and harming communities

This report addresses strategies and treatments found to help in addressing the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: a review of interventions for prevention and management in Indigenous communities

This resource sheet provides estimates on the prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in the general and Indigenous populations of Australia, and reviews the local and international evidence on the effectiveness of programs that aim to prevent or alleviate this group of disorders. Introduction This...
Discussion paper

Supporting children living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: practice principles

Knowledge and understanding, as well as well-coordinated cross-sector initiatives, will be needed to reduce the impact of FASD on children's lives.

Stewart McDougall, 'Interventions for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders'

This presentation discusses a study examining the existing literature on interviews for children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FASD). Importantly to the child protection context, FASD is likely to be over-represented and can have important implications for family support. This study identified a number of behavioural...