The National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (NOFASD) Australia applauds the announcement from the Federal Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt, of nearly $24 million for diagnostic and support services for people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The announcement was made on International FASD Awareness Day, September 9th.
This funding aims to reduce waiting times for FASD diagnostic services and increase support for children and families living with FASD. Today’s commitment builds upon the $25 million announced last December for a national awareness campaign on the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy, to be delivered by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE). Today’s commitments bring the Government’s investment into FASD to more than $75 million since 2012. In his media release, Minister Hunt acknowledged Senator Stirling Griff for his passion and advocacy for a national awareness campaign.
NOFASD CEO Louise Gray congratulates the Department of Health for recognising the importance of prevention, diagnosis and support for FASD.
“I would like to thank Minister Hunt and the Department of Health for their commitment to providing individuals with FASD and their families with access to diagnostic services and FASD-informed support.
“Research shows that early diagnosis coupled with appropriate supports significantly improves outcomes for individuals and families living with FASD, decreasing the occurrence of secondary conditions such as disrupted schooling, mental health difficulties, encounters with the justice system, and becoming victims of abuse.”
NOFASD looks forward to collaborating with FARE and many other organisations and clinics around Australia as we move forward with improved prevention, diagnosis, and support services for individuals with FASD and their families.
I am beyond delighted that the Australian Government, Department of Health are demonstrating such a significant investment in diagnostic and support services for children, adults and families supporting individuals with FASD.