Dr Marcel Zimmet is a paediatrician specialising in developmental and behavioural disorders. He works at the at the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network (Westmead) in the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Clinic. This is part of the new CICADA (Care and Intervention for Children and Adolescents affected by Drugs and Alcohol) Centre NSW. The centre is the first in Australia with a lifecourse approach to addressing alcohol and drug related harm from birth to adolescence. Marcel also works at Royal Far West in Manly where he has developed a Telecare program providing on-line developmental-behavioural paediatric care and parent therapy to children in rural and remote New South Wales, as well as face-to-face consultations.
Marcel has been awarded a Fulbright professional scholarship to study FASD clinical assessment, support and intervention programs, research, teaching and advocacy in the USA. He will observe and meet with FASD pioneers and world leaders in San Diego, Seattle and Washington DC, in order to translate their knowledge and best practice models into his work in New South Wales and on a national level.
Marcel is a member of the Expert Panel developing the Australian FASD Diagnostic Instrument, including national diagnostic guidelines and online training modules. He is a chief investigator for national FASD case surveillance through the Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit, and for research into the impact of FASD on children and families.
Marcel’s paediatric training began at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, and continued in Alice Springs and then Darwin, where he became a consultant paediatrician and established a private practice which included a clinic for children in out-of-home care.
Marcel’s passion for his work in FASD stems from the fact that is an entirely preventable developmental disability, and the widespread misunderstanding and under-detection of FASD. In addition to his clinical work, Marcel is committed to enhancing awareness of the risks and effects of drinking in pregnancy and FASD in the wider community, as well as within health, education, child protection and legal professions.