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Events & Conferences

Australian events & conferences

“The FASD Forum ’24” online conference

NOFASD is delighted to invite you to attend our second online conference: “The FASD Forum ’24”.  We invite you to review the details of the varied topics and expert presenters to be featured at our two-day, online conference which will be held on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May.

Early bird registrations will be open until Friday 29th March and we are pleased to be able to offer significantly discounted rates for parents, carers, individuals living with FASD and students at tertiary educational institutions.

Concerned that you might not be available to attend on both days of the conference? Don’t be, as we have you covered – everyone registered to participate in the conference will have access to recordings of all the conference sessions for 90 days after the event.

The theme of the conference is “Celebrating 25 Years – Finding the Silver Lining” in acknowledgment of the fact that 2024 is the 25th Anniversary of the founding of NOFASD by Sue Miers, AM. The conference will provide an opportunity to reflect on what progress has been made in the past 25 years in terms of FASD awareness, support services for FASD and research findings which offer hope for the future. Presentations will also provide those impacted by FASD with information aimed to assist in improving life outcomes by providing insights into evidence-based approaches and strategies that can assist.

Conference attendees will have networking opportunities throughout the event to enable them to connect with other attendees who will include parents, carers, individuals with lived experience of FASD and professionals from varied industry sectors who have an interest in FASD.

Don’t miss out – register now!

Click here to review the conference program and register

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 '22 Conference

The NOFASD team was proud to present this landmark virtual conference held on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May 2022. It was wonderful to see such a diversity of attendees from across Australia – and overseas –  engaging with each other and with the line-up of expert speakers. We were honoured to welcome as our Keynote speaker, Professor Kenneth Lyons Jones MD, who was one of two doctors at the University of Washington in the United States who first identified in 1973, what was then called Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (now FASD). As the 50th anniversary of the publication of that research article approached, Professor Jones shared his insights on this complex disability in his presentation “FASD@50”.

The conference provided a wonderful opportunity for professionals to share their FASD knowledge and research expertise with parents and carers – and for parents and carers to enhance the knowledge of professionals by sharing their lived experiences.  Over 200 delegates registered for the conference and attended ‘live’ online to participate in the conference sessions and/or accessed the recordings of the conference sessions which were available to all delegates for 90 days after the conference .

NOFASD acknowledges with grateful thanks the support of our Presenting Partner – the Australia Government Department of Health – whose support made it possible for NOFASD Australia to present The FASD Forum ’22 conference.

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