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Lived experience, professional knowledge and research – your chance to connect, engage and learn!

NOFASD Australia is proud to present our second online conference, to held over two days on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May this year. The theme of the conference “Celebrating 25 Years, Finding the Silver Lining”, reflects the fact that NOFASD Australia is celebrating its Silver Anniversary, having been founded in 1999 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.

This is your opportunity to hear from expert presenters addressing a range of topics that the NOFASD team knows are of key concern to parents, carers and professionals who have a focus on FASD in their work. As some of these issues can be confronting and challenging for those involved, our focus will be on encouraging our stakeholders to ‘look for the silver lining’ and presentations will include individuals with lived experience sharing their strategies for finding the silver lining in their daily lives.

Dynamic keynote presentations

Two keynote presentations will provide a framework for the conference:

UK-based Professor Raja Mukherjee who is an Adult Learning Disability Consultant Psychiatrist with a special interest in FASD, will present the opening keynote presentation on Day 1: FASD, complex trauma and the overlap of the brain and environment on an individual’s behaviour.

Professor Mukherjee was awarded an MBE for his work related to FASD in the Kings Birthday Honours list in June 2023.

Our Day 2 keynote Down the long winding road… presented by the Hon. Dr Sharman Stone, Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, will allow her, as one of the early advocates in Australia calling for national recognition and action in relation to the impacts of alcohol on the unborn child, to highlight the progress that has been made to date and the key goals for the future.

In the Australia Day 2024 Honours List  the Governor General announced that Dr Stone’s significant service to the Australian community was being recognised by awarding her a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division.

Other topics included in the conference program include:

  • Education – strategies that can assist teachers and parents of students of all ages to support their success in the classroom.
  • Self-care for parents and caregivers – how do you enable this for yourself?
  • Violence and abusive behaviour directed at caregivers by the individual for whom they are caring.
  • How do you prepare for your child’s transition to adulthood? What supports might you consider enabling in advance?
  • Returning by popular demand, the “Three-Minute Thesis” session, sponsored by the FASD Hub Australia, provides an opportunity to hear directly from those researching FASD about their results and findings which offer promise for the future.

We encourage you to review the full details of our engaging conference program and the line-up of our speakers who together will provide an unrivalled breadth of expertise on the topic of FASD.

Registration fees

Early Bird registration is now open. To gain the benefit of these discounted rates register by Friday 29th March.

NOFASD is pleased to be able to offer significantly discounted rates for parents, carers and individuals living with FASD, as well as tertiary students.

Access to conference content following the live event

While we hope that most conference attendees will be able to attend the conference sessions ‘live’ to be able to participate fully in the online discussions and networking opportunities, we know that your work or caregiving responsibilities may make this difficult, so we have organised for extended access to the conference presentations.

After the conference is over, everyone who is registered to participate in the conference will receive a link to enable them to view video recordings of any of the conference presentations for a period of 90 days.

The FASD FORUM ’24 is presented by NOFASD Australia with the support of Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care.

We also thank the following organisations for their generous support.

Sponsor of the “Three-Minute Thesis” conference session, including two prizes each valued at $250 for the best presentations.

ETCH Sparkling is a range of alcohol-free sparkling beverages crafted using Australian native ingredients. Thanks to ETCH Sparkling for providing 10 prizes (6-packs) for the gamification competition during the conference.

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