A talk for parents, families, educators and healthcare professionals in Western Australia. Thursday 19th July 2018.
Clinical Neuropsychologist Associate Professor Carmela Pestell is giving a public lecture on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder at the University of WA. Hosted by the Australian Psychological Society, this free event will cover the prevalence of FASD, the importance of an accurate diagnosis for individuals and their families, and the supports which can assist children and adults with FASD to have a better future.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is the leading preventable cause of intellectual impairment in children in Australia. As many as 50 per cent of pregnant women consume alcohol, despite experts believing there to be no safe limit. Yet the serious problems that can result from prenatal exposure to alcohol are under diagnosed and too often left untreated – to the detriment of sufferers, their families, schools and communities.
Research shows that FASD disabilities are life-long and may not be seen at birth. They include intellectual impairment and serious problems with emotions, behaviour and learning, which all too often are misdiagnosed as conditions such as ADHD, or not diagnosed at all.
Date: Thursday 19th July 2018
Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm (doors open at 6.00pm)
Venue: The Auditorium at The University Club of Western Australia
Address: Hackett Entrance #1, Hackett Drive, Crawley WA 6009
Associate Professor Carmela Pestell is a clinical neuropsychologist and a research associate at the Telethon Kids Institute. She is the co-recipient of a Commonwealth grant to better educate health professionals in the diagnosis of FASD. To read her bio click here.
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