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Around the world, the month of September has been identified as FASD month – the ninth month of the year to raise awareness about FASD and the importance of alcohol free pregnancy. Typically, events are centred around the 9th day of the 9th month. There is no known safe amount of alcohol which can be consumed during pregnancy and the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia (NHMRC) and the Australian Government Department of Health and other affiliated medical bodies all advise that no alcohol is the safest choice.
FASD Awareness Day began in 1999, initiated by Bonnie Buxton, Brain Philcox and Teresa Kellerman. The first FASD Awareness Day attracted interest worldwide including; New Zealand, followed by South Australia, South Africa, Italy, Germany, Sweden, United States of America and Canada.
Community events to mark FASD Awareness Day now take place around the world providing opportunities for communities to raise awareness about FASD, to pause, to reflect and consider the benefits of an alcohol free pregnancy and to share this prevention message across the world.
Each year increasing numbers of agencies around Australia acknowledge FASD Day to highlight concerns about alcohol exposed pregnancies, to raise awareness of FASD and to underline that alcohol in pregnancy is a whole of community concern and not solely a women’s issue.
There are lots of ideas for community events to mark FASD Awareness Day. These include:
FASD awareness campaign
Pregnant Pause event
Ring some bells
Proclamation signed by an official person
Show a video or make a presentation
Start a FASD support group
QLD FASD SUPPORT GROUP would like to invite parents and carers to join us for a coffee and play morning get together on the 9th September at 9am. Any one is welcome to come in recognition of FASD INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS DAY. We will be at Abrakiddazzle in Jackman Street Southport. Come and meet other parents and carers while the kids play in a safe enclosed indoor play centre.
Illawarra Drug and Alcohol Service will be holding displays in Wollongong/Shellharbour/Shoalhaven and Milton hospitals, along with an afternoon tea for staff on the first Friday in September.
Brighter Futures in Cobar NSW are hosting an hosting a morning picnic in the local park to create awareness about FASD and the importance of alcohol free pregnancy on Tuesday 5th September for FASD awareness. For further information please contact Amanda (02) 5824 3080
Harvey Local Drug Action Group will be hosting a community awareness day and flash mob appearance at 9 mins past 9 am for 9 seconds. The flash mob will emulate pregnancy with balloons and display a banner. The event will be live broadcast by Harvey Community Radio from their outside broadcast van between 8 am and 10 am. Harvey LDAG will host a Standard Drinks Display and a general information table.
Northam Local Drug Action Group
Activities planned for the week:
· Radio advert
· Newspaper advert and editorial;
· FADS pause for a cause
· Stall at Agricultural show
· Presentations to 2 High School classes: year 10 Child Care and Year 11 Early Childhood Studies
· Craft Group Challenge: business cards to distribute!
NOFASD has collaborated with the Tea Saloon to hold a 'tea cart' in Pitt Street Mall at Westfield Sydney on September 9. This night is not just FASD Awarenss Day but also Vogue Fashion Night Out. NOFASD and Tea Saloon are promoting the substitution of alcohol for tea when women are pregnant, planning or could be. NOFASD will be handing out mocktail recipes and tea samples to promote a healthier drinking option, for mother and baby, during pregnancy. Come down and say hello to Jess and Ana from NOFASD Australia who will be handing out samples and information on the night.
NOFASD Australia is co-partnering with DEN Tasmania to hold a BreakFASD
Date: 7th of September
Time: 8am to 10am
We will be handing out healthy breakfast packs which will include information on FASD
In Melbourne The Fly Factory & Fly For Health are holding: