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Australian events & conferences

“Youth Justice 24: Prevention Not Detention” Conference

Thursday 12th and Friday 13th September, Kingscliff, NSW

As the issue of youth crime is featuring heavily in news stories across Australia, a timely conference addressing this topic will be held in September this year offering an excellent opportunity to become FASD informed, including learning why individuals with FASD often become involved in the criminal justice system.

This conference program and range of expert presenters is designed to be a training opportunity for all child and family practitioners, child protection workers, youth justice workers, support workers, health practitioners and educators.

NOFASD will be presenting at this conference about the training program we are currently delivering for the Department of Justice, WA and other presenters will include both international and Australian experts as well as individuals with lived experience of FASD.

You can register to attend one or both days of this conference and Early Bird registrations close on 29th June 2024.

 Review the conference program and make your registration

Study for a qualification in FASD

The Graduate Certificate in the Diagnosis and Assessment of FASD, offered through UWA, is an online program offered nationally to those with a background in psychology, speech pathology, social work, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nursing, medicine and other relevant disciplines. The aim of the course is to provide students with the specialist knowledge and clinical skills required to participate in team-based assessment and diagnosis of FASD.

 

International events & conferences

9th International Research Conference on Adolescents and Adults with FASD – Seattle, USA

FASD United is hosting the “9th International Research Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders” from 11th to 14th April this year. This in-person conference is being held in Seattle.

If you are going to be in the northern hemisphere around this time you should consider attending this major event for the FASD community.

Review the detailed conference program

Register for the conference 

Early Bird rates are available until 14th February.

International FASD Awareness Day

International FASD Awareness Day is observed every year on 9 September at 9:09am in recognition of the importance of being alcohol-free for the nine months of a pregnancy. There is no known safe amount of alcohol which can be consumed during pregnancy and the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia (NHMRC) and the Australian Government Department of Health and other affiliated medical bodies all advise that no alcohol is the safest choice during pregnancy or when planning a pregnancy.

The FASD Forum '24 Conference

NOFASD Australia was proud to host its second online conference “The FASD Forum ’24” on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May 2024.  The conference attracted 270 participants which was a 33% increase above our inaugural online conference held in 2022, “The FASD Forum ’22” . Throughout the two-day event, attendees were not only able to hear from expert presenters covering diverse topics of interest, but also had the opportunity to network online with other attendees, who included parents, caregivers, individuals with lived experience of FASD, as well as professionals from a multitude of FASD-related sectors.

The conference theme was “Celebrating 25 Years – Finding the Silver Lining”, acknowledging the 25th Anniversary of the founding of NOFASD by Sue Miers, AM. The conference sessions provided information aimed to assist in improving life outcomes by providing insights into evidence-based approaches and effective strategies.

We were privileged to have Professor Raja Mukherjee, an Adult Learning Disability Consultant Psychiatrist for Surrey and Border’s Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in the United Kingdom, and The Hon. Dr Sharman Stone, the Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, as our keynote speakers. Some of the topics covered during the conference included education strategies in the classroom, self-care strategies for parents and caregivers, violence and abusive behaviours directed at caregivers by individuals for whom they are caring, a summary of FASD developments and research within Australian and from around the world, and transition to adulthood, including consideration of appropriate support strategies at that time.

The NOFASD team looks forward to delivering another high-quality, online conference in 2026 ensuring that all our stakeholders have access to learn from experts on the topic of FASD and also engage as a ‘FASD community’ without requiring expenditure on travel arrangements to attend an in-person conference.

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