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International FASD Awareness Day 2016

 

This year we had fantastic support from around the country for September the 9th FASD Awareness Day with:

  • people pledging not to drink for the day
  • NOFASD held a free webinar on FASD
  • The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Local Drug Action Group and WA Country Health Service are engaged with the local liquor shops and pharmacies and displayed wobbler banners. A total of 76 NOFASD’s alcohol and pregnancy posters were displayed behind toilet doors at restaurants, pubs, hotels and GP clinics and received heaps of support for the project from the town.
  • Telethon Kids - researchers raised awareness with a mocktail sundowner!
  • Fly for Health Foundation - hosted a Breakfast and a Pregnant Pause at 9:09
  • Fetal Alcohol Network NZ - To mark the day in Auckland a FASD Policy and Research Forum was held
  • Fitzroy Crossing - awareness raising walk with banners
  • QLD FASD support group held a FASD INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS DAY MORNING TEA along with Dr Doug Shelton and the Child Development Service in Southport.
  • The Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council in Alice Springs hosted a FASD awareness day breakfast for all staff at the NPY Women’s Council office in Alice Springs. Ran an in service with staff around working with people who have FASD and ran a number of awareness raising workshops at playgroups across the APY lands of central Australia.
  • Wirraka Maya raised awareness by holding an event at the South Hedland Town Square 10am-1pm on the 9th of September 2016. This included a free BBQ lunch, bouncy castle, face painting and stalls featuring alcohol and FASD awareness activities

 

Just across the Tasman sea in New Zealand, Health Watch had a Special Edition of Alcohol and Other Drugs Update compiled especially for FASDAY by Dave Hookway from Northland DHB, a Year 13 student from Lynfield College in Auckland who chose FASD Awareness resources for her level 3 NCEA Design & Visual Communication Subject and the development of a series of radio ads promoting the no alcohol when pregnant message will feature on i-Heart Radio over two weeks. Details of FASDAY activities in the wonderful Hawkes Bay have appeared on Scoop

 

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1609/S00023/fetal-alcohol-a-life-sentence.htm

 

A big thanks to all who participated and we look forward to hearing what you will be doing for International FASD Awareness Day 2017


 

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Launch of the new FASD Handbook resources from DEN in Tasmania

 

 

Commentary by Connie May, MHST

 

 

As a public relations volunteer for several One Generation Changes projects, one of my personal missions is to help prevent the population harms that stem from substance use, including smoking and alcohol, two of the largest threats to our community health and social well-being.

A One Generation Changes project is a community led project that aims to make a difference for disadvantaged children within THIS generation or the one immediately following; using a “pay it forward” type of volunteerism.

My interest in helping spread the word about FASD risks is three fold.

One: people close to me are dealing with the impacts of unintended alcohol exposure to children during pregnancy.

Two: I’m well aware of the strong drinking culture of our country as a population health researcher/writer and believe the incidence of FASD is far greater than most of us currently recognise or are willing to openly acknowledge, and that this means adequate supports are difficult to come by.

Three: If every person impacted by FASD has a social circle of influence of at least 100 people, and we can prevent FASD as much as possible and support those that are already impacted by the condition, then ultimately millions of people might be helped.

So when I was asked if I could take some photographs at the DEN’s launch in Tasmania’s Parliament (by Hon Michael Ferguson), I jumped at the chance.

What I wasn’t prepared for, however, was how emotionally moved I would be by the event.

 


 

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FASD specific workshops and webinars


If you missed our recent FASD webinars, presented by our Educator/Trainer Anne Heath, they are now available for viewing online - one for teachers and one for parents/carers.

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Sep 28th & 29th Fastrack Clinical Serves WA are presenting a #FASDworkshop for Youth Justice and Forensic Specialists
This workshop is presented by Dr Valerie McGinn, Neuropsychologist (NZ) at the University Club UWA.
One day registration $175-00 + GST
Two day registration $320-00 + GST
Contact: Alivia Chamberlain
Fastrack Clinical Services
PH:(08) 92724560

**If appropriate please circulate amongst your network

 

8th November We have teamed up with Mental Health Carers NSW to run a 2hr Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) awareness workshop. Free for Families/Carers and Consumers and $40 for Clinicians

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Nov 29th – 1st Dec Indigenous Allied Health Australia hosting a Forum: Understanding the needs of children and families impacted by FASD Registrations now open

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News & media


What does FASD look like in Australia today? Opinion piece by Louise Gray, Executive Director of NOFASD Australia.

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Press Release from Minister for Health Sussan Ley for International FASD Awareness Day

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FARE Chief Executive Michael Thorn is urging the major parties and independents standing for ACT election to commit to a local clinic that would make a significant difference to the lives of people affected by FASD and their carers

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WA campaign to prevent FASD gets a funding boost!

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Australia's Health Report published by Australian Institute of Health & Welfare has just been released and it is pleasing to see that for the first time FASD has been recognised.(Chapter 5)

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UBC-led Researchers uncover the genetic effects of FASD

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Study shows pregnant women may be drinking more than previously thought

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Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: Doctors, parents urged to hold honest discussions about condition

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Canada's first housing program for people with FASD opens in Edmonton.

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For Parents/Carers/Families


7 Ways to Help Your Child Handle Their "After School Restraint Collapse" – Meltdowns after school are very typical for children living with FASD – here are some great tips to help handle them

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5 Simple Breathing Exercises to Calm an Angry Child especially those that struggle with sensory processing disorders & anxiety, commonly seen in children living with FASD

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Transitions between activities are very challenging for children living with FASD. Here are 20 Visual Timers, including inexpensive apps to help teach the concept of time.

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5 Kid-friendly yoga poses to help your child avoid a meltdown

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For Service Providers

The Drug Education Network Tasmania have launched 'The FASD Handbook for Health Professionals'

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A Review of FASD – Don't Forget the Bubbles by Andrew Tagg - An Emergency Physician from Melbourne with a special interest in education and lifelong learning.

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From the World Health Organisation: Prevention of harm caused by alcohol exposure in pregnancy. Rapid review and case studies from Member States (2016)

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'Don’t rule out foetal alcohol spectrum disorder in young children – it might be expressed later....Due to its presentation, FASD can sometimes be missed altogether, and difficulties may be attributed to attachment disorder, neglect, ADHD, conduct disorder or autism. None of these diagnoses, however, would fully explain the characteristics of a child with FASD.'

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New Report from Canada - Effective Interventions and Strategies to Prevent Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies

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New online handbook: Burden and Social Cost of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (Svetlana Popova, Shannon Lange, Larry Burd, and Jürgen Rehm)

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New Research


New study supports implementation of exercise and complex environments as therapeutic interventions for individuals with FASD.

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