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NOFASD Australia is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Health.

The Essential Bridge

linking those with lived experience with researchers and clinicians.

Opening doors into FASD awareness.

Alcohol & Pregnancy

What is FASD?
What is a safe amount to drink?
and Related Resources

Parents, Carers & Families

Characteristics, Behaviours, Diagnosis, Management and Support

Service Providers

Health, Community Services, Education, Criminal Justice and the National FASD Action Plan

Education & Training

Parents & Carers, Service Providers, School Communities, Webinars & Online Courses

What is FASD?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the term used to describe the lifelong physical and/or neurodevelopmental impairments that can result from fetal alcohol exposure. FASD is a condition that is an outcome of parents either not being aware of the dangers of alcohol use when pregnant or planning a pregnancy, or not being supported to stay healthy and strong during pregnancy.

Speak with someone 🙂

Do you have questions about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder? Would you like to speak to someone confidentially?

Australian Foundations in FASD Online Course

NOFASD with the permission of and in partnership with CanFASD, have now launched the Australian Foundations in FASD online course. This course is an evidence-based, interactive online learning resource, consisting of 7 individual modules. The modules take around 20 minutes each and upon course completion, a downloadable certificate of completion is produced.

Who should complete the Australian Foundations in FASD course?

This course is suitable for anyone wanting to learn more about FASD.
For service providers and government agencies, this course will provide you with an opportunity to learn more about the challenges your clients and their families experience and how you can provide FASD-informed supports.

For parents, carers and adults with FASD, this course sets a benchmark that you can expect as a minimum from the service providers you engage with. If you are working with a new service provider, ask them to show you their Foundations in FASD course completion certificate. This way you will know they have some understanding of the complexities of FASD.

NOFASD acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live, and recognise their continuing connection to the land, water and community. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

Supporting the cause!

Amazing organisations and people continue their support. Thank you to:

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NOFASD Blog

STRANGERS IN A STRANGE PLACE – MEMORY & FASD

“When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce.”  Thich Nhat Hanh I wrote this blog originally as the opening...

THE SENATE INQUIRY SERIES: SENATE INQUIRY FINDINGS

On 9 September 2019, International FASD Awareness Day, an inquiry was referred to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee into effective...

THE SENATE INQUIRY SERIES: FASD & AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY

On 9 September 2019, International FASD Awareness Day, an inquiry was referred to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee into effective...

THE SENATE INQUIRY SERIES: FASD IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM

On 9 September 2019, International FASD Awareness Day, an inquiry was referred to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee into effective...

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EQUINE ASSISTED THERAPY

"NOFASD Australia has been told by families living with FASD that Equine Assisted Therapy is beneficial. One parent said that this is the only therapy which has enabled their teenager to talk about how his actions affect others."

https://www.nofasd.org.au/blog/equine-assisted-therapy/

Louise Gray (CEO of NOFASD Australia) speaks about the benefits of early diagnosis of #FASD plus many other important issues in this informative first episode of "Pregnancy and Alcohol: The Surprising Reality".
https://anchor.fm/pasurprisingreality/episodes/01-Myths-with-Louise-Gray-from-NOFASD-Australia-e5901g

New research from @CancerVic has shown that less than one-fifth of survey respondents recognised that alcohol represents a cancer risk, despite it being linked to at least seven types of cancers.

Is it time to face the facts about alcohol and cancer?
https://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/is-it-time-to-face-the-facts-about-alcohol-and-cancer-20210527-p57vu9.html

Have you checked out the NOFASD Australia Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Webpage?
If you have further questions or concerns relating to your specific situation please do not hesitate to contact us via the Helpline 1800 860 613.
https://www.nofasd.org.au/fasd-faq/

Social events in Australia often involve alcohol, but there are ways to have fun without focusing on drinking as the main activity – and this can also result in other benefits in day-to-day life.
https://www.abc.net.au/everyday/having-fun-and-socialising-without-drinking-alcohol/100013164?

Have you checked out the new podcast section on the NOFASD Website?
This contains every episode of the NOFASD flagship Podcast series "Pregnancy and Alcohol: The Surprising Reality".
https://www.nofasd.org.au/alcohol-and-pregnancy/podcasts/

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Responsible for Vision Problems.
In those diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder #FASD, ophthalmic abnormalities often result in visual perception problems (VPPs).
https://www.reviewofoptometry.com/article/fetal-alcohol-syndrome-responsible-for-vision-problems

Another heartwarming blog post from CJ Lutke! In this post, she shares her struggles with memory as an adult with FASD.
https://www.nofasd.org.au/blog/strangers-in-a-strange-place-memory-fasd/

New evidence suggests a link between paternal alcohol consumption before conception and the chances of fetal birth defects.
https://www.healthline.com/health-news/how-the-drinking-habits-of-fathers-may-contribute-to-birth-defects-in-newborns

NOFASD staff and members of our Board and Advisory Group viewed the film “After the Apology” to acknowledge National Reconciliation Week and Sorry Day. We are wearing the Native Purple Hibiscus which is the floral symbol of the Stolen Generations and Sorry Day. #NRW2021 #FASD

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