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.

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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

SUPPORT GROUPS AVAILABLE IN 2021 – FAMILIES LINKING WITH FAMILIES

Applications open, limited spaces, sign up now! During 2021 NOFASD Australia will be coordinating a series of structured and guided support groups...

NEW RELATIONSHIPS: TALKING ABOUT PREGNANCY

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FAQS ABOUT DRINKING WHILE PREGNANT

I’m pregnant, can I drink alcohol?  No. Congratulations! Its great news that you’re pregnant and expecting your little bundle of joy. We know this...

A FATHER’S DRINKING CAN HARM HIS UNBORN BABY

I’m a man so I don’t need to stop drinking while trying for a baby, right?  Wrong. We all know that what a mother eats and drinks during pregnancy...

Twitter

The Adult Leadership Committee (ALC) of @FASDChangeMakrs discuss the results of their survey of 450 adults with FASD responding to everyday life issues. Register at: https://interprofessional.ubc.ca/initiatives/fasd-webinar/

Eileen Devine - Neurobehavioral Therapist & Coach for Parents talks about looking after your own wellbeing as a parent in her blog 'Tending to both sides of the parenting coin'.

Read the blog below.

https://www.eileendevine.com/single-post/tending-both-sides-of-the-parenting-coin

This is just one of thirty facts found in the 30 Evidence-based FASD Facts for Health Professionals document on the NOFASD website.
If your interested in reading more facts then check out the link below!
https://www.nofasd.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/30-Evidence-based-FASD-Facts-for-Health-Professionals.pdf
#FASD #FASDawareness

#FASDResearch

A study by Romer and colleagues (2020) concluded that any amount of prenatal alcohol and nicotine exposure appeared to risk healthy child development.

Ref: https://doi.org/10.1111/apa.15453

Janine Halloran, founder of Coping Skills for Kids, Licensed Mental Health Counsellor and mother of 2, has kindly granted permission for NOFASD to reproduce her coping skills categories.

https://www.nofasd.org.au/blog/coping-skills-for-children/

#FASD #Teacher #Parent

#FASDResearch

A recent study found that telemedicine is a valid and reliable method for the examination of the physical features of FAS, that may contribute to greater access to an early diagnosis of #FASD.

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/acer.14533

Some people with disability are at greater risk of becoming very sick if they catch COVID-19. Below is a useful link from the Australia Government that will provide information for people with disability about COVID-19 vaccines.
https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/getting-vaccinated-for-covid-19/information-for-people-with-disability-about-covid-19-vaccines

Pregnant Pause has a new website with a fresh look and feel. Please check it out and share it among your networks.

Based in the ACT? When you’re on the site, consider becoming a community hero to support pregnant women on their journey.

https://www.pregnantpause.com.au/

Six years ago I woke up knowing I’d had my last drink. Never did I imagine where that survival story would take me. I’m grateful for every single failure, low, and for rock bottom. I’m grateful to be alive today, and able to use this broken life to help others in rural Australia.

Meet @DrNicoleHayes, a researcher at @UQ_News whose recent paper explored the impact of sleep difficulties on children with #FASD and their carers. She hopes this research will help identify ways we can support children and families in their daily lives.

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