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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

RECONCILIATION COMMITMENT 2024

NOFASD is a government-funded national organisation with a longstanding commitment over 25 years to raising awareness about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Our primary focus is to increase access to diagnosis and to improve the quality-of-life outcomes for all individuals affected by FASD and their families and caregivers.

It is essential to recognise that, due to the ongoing implications of colonisation and resulting trauma, FASD and the harms of alcohol use has emerged as an additional health burden for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Alcohol doesn’t discriminate; wherever there is alcohol, there is a risk of FASD. We acknowledge the profound impact this has had on Indigenous communities, and it is factually wrong to say that there has been no lasting impact. NOFASD is saddened that much of the commentary before and after the referendum was hurtful. Our thoughts are with all the First Nations peoples as they seek to navigate the ongoing debate, the disappointing outcome and to work on the best way forward. We express our sincere apologies for the loss and grief experienced by communities due to the effects of colonisation.

As an important part of healing and shared understanding our commitment to the spirit of reconciliation remains unwavering. We are dedicated to creating a culturally safe and welcoming environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders seeking advice, guidance, or information about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. 

Together, we strive for a better future.

Aboriginal wisdom in the FASD space shifts your knowing, being and doing

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress 

True or Gammon: FASD Ep 1- Is it safe to drink when you’re pregnant?
Camille and Tahnee talk out stories about drinking grog and pregnancy and decide whether it’s true or gammon!

True or Gammon: FASD Ep 2 What about Dad?
Camille and Tahnee talk out stories about drinking grog and pregnancy and decide whether it’s true or gammon!

 True or Gammon: FASD Ep. 3 Helping kids with FASD Camille and Tahnee talk out stories about drinking grog and pregnancy and decide whether it’s true or gammon! It’s never too late to get help!

Health INFO NET bring together all of the information, resources and knowledge needed by those working in the sector for over 26 years and are a trusted resource.

Yarning about Alcohol & Pregnancy (Indigenous)

Strong Born Campaign – a communications campaign designed to raise awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and the harms of drinking alcohol while pregnant and breastfeeding, among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in rural and remote communities. Strong Born is also about supporting people with FASD and their families and carers, by understanding what FASD is, and the services that may be available for individuals and families.  The Strong Born campaign has been developed by NACCHO in collaboration with the National FASD Campaign Working Group which includes multi-disciplinary staff from ACCHOs and ACCOs, and cultural and clinical FASD experts and researchers, as part of the National Information Campaign for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women and is supported by the Foundation of Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) and the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care.

Curated Australian Indigenous resources and research

Replanting the Birthing Trees to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents and babies

Alcohol and Drug Foundation – The main purpose of this website is to provide valuable resources for stakeholders working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. These resources cover alcohol and drug treatment services, drug facts, health, wellbeing, and support access.

Alcohol and Other Drugs knowledge Centre – Providing the evidence base to reduce harmful AOD use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Positive Choices – This website offers culturally appropriate resources on drug and alcohol prevention for teachers, families, and students. Developed with input from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, the site features personal stories from students, highlighting the strength of their culture. The factsheets are also narrated, assisting accessibility in communities.

DrinkWise – DrinkWise has produced a series of educational videos, featuring well-known Indigenous personalities and sports stars, Shaun Burgoyne, Tim Kelly, Deborah Mailman, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Aliesha Newman, Michael O’Loughlin and Aaron Pedersen.  These videos have been produced for educational use and have been successfully integrated into school and community programs, as well as Indigenous medical practices.

Grog in pregnancy videos – partners, women and men – In these videos, community members share information with one another about drinking alcohol and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). These videos are created by the Australian Indigenous Health Bulletin

Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs during pregnancy and breastfeeding – PDF – Illustrated, easy to ready PDF booklet for Indigenous Australian’s wanting to learn more about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and complex trauma A resource for educators – The Marulu Team have been developing resources to increase knowledge of FASD and Complex trauma. Late last year we launched the book Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)and complex trauma: A resource for educators and have been thrilled with the encouraging responses.

B.Strong in pregnancy and early life for First Nation Australians – B.Strong increases the capacity of frontline health and community workers to deliver smoking cessation, nutrition and physical activity brief interventions to First Nations clients. The program focuses on ‘whole of family’ health decision-making that will always be the best way to make sure that babies have a positive start in life.

Insight Toolkits – Insight delivers a range of training, education and resources to support and enhance culturally-safe alcohol and other drug practice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous practitioners across Queensland.

Strong Spirit and Mind – The Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Programs team has a key role in the development of knowledge and skills within the alcohol and other drug, mental health, and broader community services sector, to work in culturally secure ways through workforce development initiatives, and to contribute to a skilled Aboriginal workforce for Western Australia.

Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Aboriginal Communities – This chapter begins with a description of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and examples of reported prevalence of FASD in the international context. It then draws on international and Australian studies to describe the burden of FASD, including studies relevant to the Aboriginal population.

13YARN – If you, or someone you know, are feeling worried or no good, we encourage you to connect with 13YARN on 13 92 76 (24 hours/7 days) and talk with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter. This is your story; your journey and we will take the time to listen. No shame, no judgement, safe place to yarn. We’re here for you.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and early life trauma: What early childhood educators need to know starts from the belief that all children can learn, and will learn to the best of their abilities when there is a well-trained, knowledgeable, respectful and compassionate workforce who can identify needs an concerns early, and refer children for professional therapeutic intervention and support when required. This resource is the third in a series written and published by the Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre. Whilst it was written with early childhood educators in mind, Emily Carter, CEO for MWRC advises in the books introduction that this resource is relevant for a much wider audience.

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