Elizabeth Elliott AM is a Distinguished Professor in Paediatrics and Child Health in the Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney; Consultant Paediatrician at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network at Westmead; a National Health and Medical Council of Australia (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellow; and Chair of the National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Technical Network, convened by the Australian Government Department of Health. She has been involved in clinical services, research, advocacy and policy development regarding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in children and alcohol use in pregnancy for over 20 years. She was a Deputy Chair of the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs Working Party on FASD; a Member of the NHMRC committee to develop Australian Alcohol guidelines (2009); Member of the group to develop World Health Organisation guidelines for identification and management of alcohol misuse during pregnancy (2014); and Member of the group to develop an International Charter for the Prevention of FASD.
She established Australia’s first clinic for the diagnosis and assessment of FASD with a grant from the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education and this service has now been funded by NSW Health. She was the Chief Investigator on the NHMRC Grant for the Lililwan Project, Australia’s first population-based prevalence study on FASD, which was also funded by the Australian Government Departments of Health and Ageing, and Families Community Housing and Indigenous Affairs. She is currently Chief Investigator on several NHMRC funded grants including birth cohort studies in Sydney and Melbourne; a Positive Parenting program for communities in the Fitzroy Valley WA; and development of a Screening tool for FASD in Cherbourg Community in Queensland. She jointly leads the Australian Government funded project to develop a Diagnostic tool for FASD in Australia; and is Chief Investigator on the Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit study on FASD; and the Impacts on Families Study. With recent grant funding she is developing a National Register for FASD cases in Australia.
Other roles include membership of the NSW Health FASD Advisory Group; the NSW Health group to develop Indigenous Resources regarding alcohol in pregnancy and FASD; and the Royal Australasian College of Physician’s Alcohol Policy Advisory Group. She is a vocal advocate for families with FASD, including through the media has numerous publications in the field and is in demand for scientific and educational seminars on FASD nationally and internationally. In 2008 Elizabeth was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to paediatrics and child health.