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Over the last five years several government reports have been published which either reference the issue of FASD or specifically relate to the issue of FASD. It is pleasing to see that FASD is being increasingly recognised by Australian Governments as an issue of serious concern to the Australian community, as both a public health and a human rights issue.

For a detailed chronology of events which have led to the recent release of a Commonwealth FASD Action Plan please go to the policy and advocacy section of this website.

Government Reports

Inquiry into the Sale and Consumption of Alcohol Interim Report: Thirty Fifth Report of the Social Development Committee

An interim report from the South Australian Government Social Development Committee inquiry into the sale and consumption of alcohol. The report was tabled and ordered to be printed on 26 November 2013.

Responding to the Impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Australia – A Commonwealth Action Plan 2013-14 to 2016-2017

The national action plan, announced in August 2013, commits $20 million over four years for a national FASD Action Plan. The Commonwealth Action Plan contains 5 key action areas:

  1. Enhancing efforts to prevent FASD in the community - $5 million
  2. Secondary prevention targeting women with alcohol dependency - $4.8 million
  3. Better diagnosis and management of FASD - $0.5 million
  4. Targeted measures supporting prevention and management of FASD within Indigenous communities and families in areas of social disadvantage - $5.9 million
  5. National coordination, research and workforce support - $4.0 million

Value of a Justice Reinvestment Approach to Criminal Justice in Australia

The final report of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee inquiry into the value of a justice reinvestment approach to criminal justice in Australia, June 2013.

FASD: The Hidden Harm – Inquiry into the Prevention, Diagnosis and Management of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

The final report of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs Inquiry into Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, November 2012.

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: The Invisible Disability

A report by the WA Government Education and Health Standing Committee, tabled in September 2012.

Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Australia

This report was released by the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee in 2012. The report focuses on the impact of FASD on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

Doing Time – Time for Doing: Indigenous youth in the criminal justice system

Final report of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs inquiry into the high level of involvement of Indigenous juveniles and young adults in the criminal justice system, June 2011.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Model of Care

The model of care is the first of its kind in Australia, released by the Government of Western Australia Department of Health in 2010.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Australia: An Update

This report is a monograph of the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs Working Party on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, August 2009.

Bridges and Barriers: Addressing Indigenous Incarceration and Health

This report was released in 2009 by the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC). The Committee is responsible for providing advice to the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) on Indigenous drug and alcohol issues. ANCD is the principal advisory body to the Australian Government on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs issues. The report includes discussion about the impact of FASD and acquired brain injury on levels of Indigenous incarceration.


Non-Government Sector Reports

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Knowledge attitudes and practice within the Western Australian justice system

This report by the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research was released in April 2013. The study found that up to 85% of staff in the Western Australian justice system are required to respond to the needs of people with FASD in the course of their work. The report recommends better training and education for justice workers, greater awareness of the issue of FASD and effective alternate sentencing options.

Telethon Institute for Child Health Research: Evaluation of Information and Support for Parents and Carers of Children with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

This research identifies a range of information and resources currently used by foster carers, evaluates current Australian FASD information and resources, and identifies the specific needs of foster carers in terms of information and resources to provide support in raising a child with FASD.

Improving Services to Families Affected by FASD

This report was released by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of NSW, in November 2012. The research study included interviews with parents and carers from the NOFASD Australia network.

The Australian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Action Plan 2013-2016

This action plan was released by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) in September 2012. The Plan was facilitated and developed by FARE and was supported by the collaboration and involvement of 33 leading Australian FASD experts including researchers, doctors, carers, communities and families, including NOFASD Australia. The plan was fully costed at $37 million and addressed five priority areas:

  1. Increase community awareness of FASD and prevent prenatal exposure to alcohol
  2. Improve diagnostic capacity for FASD in Australia
  3. Enable people with FASD to achieve their full potential
  4. Improve data collection to understand the extent of FASD in Australia
  5. Close the gap on the higher prevalence of FASD among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Alcohol Consumption during Pregnancy: Results from the 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey

A report by the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, Melbourne, 2012. 

NOFASARD Information Package: Meeting with Chris Altis on behalf of Minister Roxon and Representatives from NOFASARD, 3 July 2008

This report was presented to Mr Chris Altis, advisor to then Health Minister Nicola Roxon MP by representatives of the National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Related Disorders, Ms Sue Miers, Ms Vicki Russell, Ms Lorian Hayes and Ms Anne Russell.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: A Literature Review for the ‘Healthy Pregnancies, Healthy Babies for Koori Communities’ Project

This report was released by the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation in 2007. The Healthy Pregnancies, Healthy Babies for Koori Communities was a research and awareness project conducted to identify levels of awareness of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) in the Victorian Koori community and to develop culturally appropriate information and training materials.





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