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Since 1998 NOFASD Australia has been working to change the lives of children/adults living with FASD and their families through information, support and advocacy . We are passionately committed to improving public policy and service system delivery by working together with collaborative networks, other agencies, both government and non-government, to strengthen our efforts to drive change that will lead to more positive outcomes for children and families living with FASD.

Whether you’re a parent, carer, sibling, family member or a professional who works with children and families living with FASD, visit our web page (http://nofasd.org.au) and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed about decisions affecting you. Never hesitate to call our helpline 1300 306 238 for free, confidential support or information.


Special Mention

Australian Parent Carer Survey about FASD diagnosis

Seeking parents and carers currently raising a young child who has been diagnosed with a FASD to take part in the first stage of a research project aiming to enhance the screening of young children suspected of having FASD. You are invited to participate in a telephone interview to discuss the challenges experienced by children with a FASD that you are caring for, or have cared for.

You will be reimbursed for your time with a $20 Cole Myer gift-card.

If you strongly believe that a child has FASD but has not received a diagnosis yet, the researcher is also keen to hear from you.

Further information here



 

Invitation


NOFASD Australia and the Drug Education Network Tasmania invite you to: Train it Forward: a Masterclass for FASD 15th June 2017 Campbell Town Tasmania

This event will support delegates to be the 'go to' person in their organisation for information regarding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

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Workshops and webinars


National Disability Summit Melbourne 8-9th May 2017 - Transforming Disability Service Delivery to Optimise the Choice, Control & Participation of People with Disabilities. NB: A generous concession rate is available for persons with disability, their family and carers.

 

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Up coming seminar in Perth hosted by Curtain University - New FASD Research in Australia. Save the date – Wednesday 17 May, 1pm @ NDRI, Tech Park, Bentley. Register your interest ndriau@curtin.edu.au (Subject line:FASD Seminar RSVP)

Global Alcohol Policy Conference October 4-6th 2017 Melbourne.  

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2017 National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Conference in Calgary, Alberta on October 24-27, 2017.Call for Abstracts will be open from March 1 to April 5, 2017.

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CCDE Seminar: Early brain development and its implications for child protection and youth justice – featuring Professor Sven Silburn from Menzies' Centre for Child Development and Education

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Preventing Secondary Conditions in People with FASD presented by Christie Petrenko, Ph.D.- NOFAS Webinar

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The Relationship Between FASD and ADHD - NOFAS Webinar

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If you have missed any of the recent FASD webinars presented by NOFASD Australia, they are now available for viewing online.

NOFASD Webinars


Mental Health Carers NSW are hosting a number of certified training courses and education opportunities in 2017.

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News & media



 

 

New research from University of Oregon suggests that warning labels about drinking while pregnant are working.

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Healthy fathers - the importance of Dads. "Evidence is now pointing to an important link between the father’s health pre-conception and the health of their child over their lifetime."

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New book: Understanding the Brain: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (2017 David Balog)

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Results from the Annual Alcohol Poll 2017 from FARE Australia – Editors note: Pleasing to see an increase in awareness about alcohol harm in pregnancy but also an important time to remember that 50% of pregnancies are unplanned so no alcohol is also the safest choice when pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or could be!

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For Service Providers


Are you a FASD informed service provider? Knowing about FASD is not the same as Understanding FASD. Contact us if you would like to know more on 1300 306 238 free call

 

Important new FASD resource developed by the Hunter Multicultural Community Drug Action Team.

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New Resource package for developing Indigenous FASD prevention programs

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Challenging the Conversation around FASD – “The perpetuation of stigma rests solely on the mother, while the perpetuators of FASD are actually the males, but they are given an out." (Choate 2017)

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Is it insecure attachment, FASD or both? Both are common in children in the child protection system. Correct diagnosis is important.

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FASD, Siezures and Sleep Disorders – a basic review.

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What it's like to live with FASD – a powerful piece written by Psychologist Nathan Ory.

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For Parents/Carers/Families



 

Pregnant, planning or could be? If so no alcohol is the safest choice. Check out these great tips for quitting alcohol.

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Did you know that MedicAlert is now NDIS approved?

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Talking about strength-based parenting - especially important advice when supporting children with FASD.

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FASD video from New Zealand - Families with children affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder share how this disability impacts on their lives.

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10 Things you need to know about FASD - this is a great printout for giving to others

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Neurodiversity: The Future of Special Education? The importance of a strength-based approach Read more


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New Research/Journal Articles


Prenatal alcohol exposure and facial shape of one-year old children: No amount of alcohol is without consequence (Australian).

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Zika prep confirms microcephaly and FASD link (Australian) A landmark 25-year study into the baseline rate of microcephaly in Australia has confirmed an important link between the neurological condition and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

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Alcohol abuse even before pregnancy may harm offspring.

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Preventing Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Self-Administered Version of Project CHOICES With College Students and Nonstudents.

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Harnessing neural stem cells for treating psychiatric symptoms associated with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and epilepsy

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Autism spectrum disorder and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Part I: A comparison of parenting stress.

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Findings from the Families on Track intervention pilot trial for children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and their families.

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Academic Difficulties in Children with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: Presence, Profile, and Neural Correlates.

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Strengths of caregivers raising a child with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

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Comorbid Mental Disorders in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: A Systematic Review.

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