NOFASD Australia is pleased to advise that registrations for our inaugural FASD Forum Virtual Conference on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May 2022 are now open, register here.
This event will provide an opportunity for everyone interested in FASD to hear from experts leading research and experts in lived experience.
The theme of the conference, [email protected], reflects the fact that it is 50 years since FAS (now known as FASD in Australia) was first identified in medical literature in the English-speaking world. Many things have changed in the world since then, but has enough changed for FASD? What needs to be done to support families living with FASD and to reduce alcohol-exposed pregnancies? Is current research uncovering new options for support strategies and interventions that provide better outcomes?
We are delighted that our opening keynote address will be presented by world-renowned paediatrician and researcher, Professor Kenneth Lyons Jones MD (University of California, San Diego), who, together with Dr David Smith, was the first to identify FAS (now known as FASD in Australia) in their research fifty years ago.
Presentations over the two-day conference will cover themes related to behaviour support and behaviours of concern, transitions in education and employment, an expert parent panel, parent/carer support and self-care, mental health, sexualised behaviour and justice. They will combine lived experience perspectives with professional knowledge and current research topics and will also enable opportunities for information sharing to deepen understanding. Practical strategies and interventions to assist those living with FASD and their families will be a key focus.
Presenters for these topics have been selected from experts in Australia and overseas, ensuring an engaging and topical conference program that will enhance the knowledge of all participants.
There will also be a ‘3-Minute Thesis’ session providing an opportunity for academics researching aspects of FASD to share a snapshot of their research findings with other professionals, as well as those with lived experience – increasing community awareness and knowledge about this disability.
Early Bird registrations will be available at a significantly discounted cost and must be actioned before 1st April.
If you are an individual with FASD or a parent and carer of an individual with FASD (living in Australia) and are financially constrained from paying the registration fee, you can apply to NOFASD Australia for a Fee Waiver. To apply please email: email@example.com.
Please apply for the Fee Waiver before proceeding to make your registration. Applications for the Fee Waiver must be received by no later than Friday 1st April 2022.
To learn more or to register for the FASD Forum ’22 Conference, click here.