National FASD Strategy
2018 – 2028
During 2017 the Australian Government Department of Health undertook a range of consultations Australia wide to inform the development of the National FASD Strategy 2018 – 2028.
The Strategy will provide a national approach for all levels of government, organisations and individuals on strategies that target the reduction of alcohol related harms relating to FASD, reducing the prevalence of FASD in Australia and provide advice and linkages on the support which is available for those affected by the disorder.
The objectives of the National FASD Strategy 2018 – 2028 are:
- Strengthen efforts and address the whole-of-life impacts of FASD;
- Address the whole-of-population issues;
- Support collaborative cross-sectoral approaches required to prevent FASD in Australia; and
- Provide information and support those living with and affected by the disorder.
The National FASD Strategy 2018 – 2028 has not yet been released.
Historical context behind the National FASD Strategy
A federal parliamentary inquiry into FASD (2011) lead to
- (the publication of FASD: The Hidden Harm (Nov 2012) by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs
- the subsequent release of the Commonwealth Action Plan to reduce the Impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) 2013-14 to 2016-17
- government funding to progress the plan and appoint a National FASD Technical Network to provide advice to the Australian Government on how Australia could achieve a strategic coordinated approach to FASD.