The Loop - Nofasd Australia - Issue #11, July 2014

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NOFASD Australia
Issue #11, July 2014
Dear Members & Supporters,
Below are our key areas covered to keep you in The Loop,
This month in "The Loop"
September 9, 2014 will mark the 15th anniversary of International FASD Awareness Day. First recognized in 1999, FASD Awareness Day was created to alert people to the importance of not drinking alcohol during pregnancy and the need to provide effective services for individuals and families impacted by these disorders.  Frontier Regional FASD Training Center have produced some materials to help you plan your FASD Awareness Day activities - you can find the link to these in the Resources section.

Also in this month's issue of The Loop, we have placed Special Interest in the voluntary pregnancy warning labeling of alcoholic products.  The Australian and New Zealand Governments have carried out evaluations on the voluntary labeling initiative in their respective countries with intriguing results.

As always, we've been overwhelmed with articles and information from around the world, so we encourage you to browse through.

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Until next time,

Terri Baran
Administration Officer 
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From My Desk...
AMA President A/.Prof Brian Owler pointed out in a speech to the National Press Club in Canberra on 23/7/2014, that “alcohol-related domestic assaults, substantiated cases of child neglect, and the impacts of fetal alcohol syndrome mean that the issues around alcohol are not just a phenomenon of King’s Cross in Sydney or similar hot spots in our other cities.” A/Professor Owler reiterated what we already know, that alcohol is “a problem that pervades our society and enters people’s homes.” He proposed more effort must be made “to change the culture and attitudes around alcohol to reduce harmful patterns of alcohol consumption and the often horrific results.” He also spoke of the role of Federal Government in terms of doing more in health prevention given only “1.7 per cent” of Australia’s total health cost “was spent on prevention, protection and promotion” compared with “the 7 per cent spent on prevention in New Zealand.” The next morning, the mantra for the 20th Commonwealth Games was “Put Children First.” 

This made me think about Australia, where there are real alternatives to pervasive hunger and poverty and we are not subject to the ravages of internal war. The choices adults make are today continue to be too often the burden of children – alcohol and other drug use, obesity, violence, trauma and neglect. These outcomes may well be attributed to health issues but children’s burdens are very often social – learning, bullying, remoteness and isolation, unsupported parents and families. Look at the first results from the National Drug Household Survey. The report includes statistical data on alcohol use in pregnancy with the “proportion of pregnant women abstaining from alcohol increased slightly between 2010 and 2013 (from 49% to 53%) but this increase was not statistically significant. Of those that did consume alcohol, most (96%) usually consumed 1–2 standard drinks on that drinking occasion". Perhaps there is hope in the other indicator on young people and alcohol use which suggests fewer young people “aged 12–17 are drinking alcohol and the proportion abstaining from alcohol increased significantly between 2010 and 2013 (from 64% to 72%).” You can read this report here.

Vicki Russell 
CEO, NOFASD Australia

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Of Special Interest

On 13 January 2014, the Department of Health undertook an independent evaluation of the voluntary pregnancy warning labelling initiative, to measure actions taken by industry in response to the initiative and to help inform future decision-making processes by Ministers.   Ministers considered the report at their 27 June 2014 meeting and agreed to extend the existing trial on voluntary uptake of pregnancy health warnings on alcohol product labels, and to undertake a review in two years.  

The findings include: 
- After adjustment for market share, the proportion of products with a pregnancy health warning is 62%.  In contrast to the market leading products, only 38.2% of all products available for sale had a warning label.  It is apparent that adoption of the pregnancy health warning labels has increased over time [for example, 66.2% in 2013 compared to 17% in 2011 for wine products], although only two-thirds of wine labels had a pregnancy health warning for 2013 and 2014, suggesting that there is room for further improvement.
- The total cost to industry for labelling the stock keeping units (SKUs) available for sale in April 2014 is estimated to be $5,408,188.  The resultant cost to industry to include pregnancy health warnings from those products that comprise the top 75% of market leading products was estimated at $9,597,773.  If updating labels happens in line with other business processes, the cost to industry of maintaining the momentum and increasing coverage over time can be kept low.
- Currently, awareness of pregnancy warning labels was low (4.3%) when women were not prompted, but once shown the labels 94% of women understood what they meant.  This demonstrates both a requirement for the labels to be noticeable (the evaluation suggests a red pictogram rather than the current green colour, for example) and that, if noticeable, the large majority of women would reduce or cease their consumption of alcohol while pregnant.

The New Zealand Government has also conducted an evaluation of action taken by the alcohol industry in New Zealand in placing pregnancy warning labels on alcohol products.  In conducting this evaluation, New Zealand considered the Evaluation Framework developed for the Australian evaluation.  
Interestingly, the top reasons provided for not labelling were that the companies were not legally obliged to do so, or that it “is well known that alcohol should not be consumed while pregnant”.  While it might be well known within the industry of the risks of fetal alcohol exposure, this is not an accurate representation of the knowledge and understanding of the general population, and certainly a moral obligation to their consumers of the effects of alcohol on an unborn child is more important than a legal one.

Read the full evaluations here.

More recent links relating to pregnancy warnings on alcohol labels…

Alcohol pregnancy warnings missed
Less than 5 per cent of Australian women can recall pregnancy health warnings on alcohol, a review has found.  An evaluation of voluntary warning labels was carried out for Federal and State ministers in charge of food regulation who last month agreed to continue with industry health messages for at least another two years rather than impose mandatory labeling.   Read more… 

Alcohol labelling falls short – midwife 
A Manawatu midwife is not only disappointed alcohol warning labels for pregnant women have not been made compulsory but thinks the industry should take it a step further and include warnings for breastfeeding mothers as well.  The alcohol industry will be allowed two more years to voluntarily warn consumers of the risks of drinking alcohol while pregnant after a decision by trans-Tasman food safety ministers last week.   Read more…

Warning – can cause disability
The alcohol industry should be devastated by the report that less than 5 per cent of Australian women can recall pregnancy health warnings on alcohol.  The 2009 Blewett Rewview into health labelling resulted in the Labelling Logic report, which recommended that mandatory warnings against drinking by pregnant women were required.  But industry disagreed.  It promised the Australian public, and the government, that mandatory warnings on alcohol are not needed because industry could do the job voluntarily.   Read more… 

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National News and Media
Roseanne Fulton free on bail after assault [July 11]
A mentally impaired Aboriginal woman who was until recently held indefinitely in a West Australian prison has been granted bail after allegedly assaulting three police officers in Alice Springs over the weekend.  Roseanne Fulton, 24, was last week sent home to Alice Springs to live under the supervised care of staff from the Northern Territory Health Department.   Read more… 

Mentally impaired woman arrested in NT [July 14]
Rosie Anne Fulton, 24, was detained in Kalgoorlie Prison after she was charged over crashing a stolen car, but was deemed unfit to stand trial because she has fetal alcohol syndrome and the mental age of a young child.  Fulton was recently sent back to her hometown of Alice Springs to live under the supervised care of staff from the Northern Territory Health Department. Read more…

Anger at ‘sleeping monster’ of foetal alcohol disorders [July 15]
The re-jailing of a young Aboriginal woman with an intellectual impairment raises issues around whether the ­National Disability Insurance Scheme has factored in the “sleeping monster” of foetal ­alcohol disorders.  Northern Territory government figures of the prevalence of the disability in the Tennant Creek area, where the NDIS began its first trial of 104 people at the beginning of this month, show 26 people while the general manager of a local Aboriginal health service told The Australian there were more than 400.  “We have raised our concerns about this with the National Disability Insurance Agency and they are listening, but if they’re going to provide a service they really must engage with Aboriginal people and find out the actual numbers.”   Read more…   

Culturally appropriate tools needed to tackle FASD
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) have only recently been recognised as a public health issue in Australia.  Greater clarify is needed in the messages provided to communities about alcohol use in pregnancy.  FASD is currently not systematically diagnosed or reported.  As there is no cure for FASD, the focus for those working in this field largely revolves around prevention strategies, the development of diagnostic tools, and support for individuals and families living with FASD.   Read more… 

Healthcare provider estimates 375 undiagnosed Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder cases in Barkly
A Tennant Creek healthcare provider has put the number of FASD cases in the Barkly region at 400, far beyond the 25 reported by official figures.  Anyinginyi Congress’s Trevor Sanders said the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) would probably uncover an alarming rate of FASD.  A two-year trial of the scheme began in the region on the 1st July 2014.  Read more… 

Young Australian women out-drink their mothers
Young Australian women are ignoring the dangers of excessive drinking and consuming more alcohol than their mothers did at the same age.  “The major finding of this study was that the daughters between the ages of 18 and 25 were five times more likely to drink at excessive levels, but consuming more than 30 glasses of alcohol per month,” Dr Rosa Alati from University of Queensland said.  Read more… 

Perth magistrate Catherine Crawford wants Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder offenders spared prison
Young offenders whose mothers drank alcohol while they were in the womb would escape jail under a plan by a Perth magistrate to classify fetal alcohol spectrum disorder as a disability.  Children’s Court magistrate Catherine Crawford argues in a submission to a federal parliamentary inquiry that “explicit” consideration needs to be given for FASD to be a “mitigating factor” in sentencing.  Read more…

Child health expert to oversee roll-out of FASD plan
The expert tasked ensuring the successful roll-out of the Federal Government’s National Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Action Plan says community-developed solutions will be crucial.  Paediatrician Professor Elizabeth Elliot will Chair the Government’s FASD Technical Network which will make sure the plan addresses the complex social and medical issues involved.  Read more… 

Children's ability to play affected after mothers drinking while pregnant - new findings
Fox News, the Huffington Post, the Daily Mail and Australia's Daily Telegraph are among media to publish stories about the globally significant study that has uncovered new types of damage to children after mothers drink while pregnant. The study, a global review of other studies, found children's ability to play is affected.  Lead author Barbara Lucas, of The George Institute, The University of Sydney and Sydney Medical School, funded by the Poche Centre, takes part in a Q and A about the paper.  Read more… 

Campaign aims to educate women on dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy
Only 20 per cent of Australian women abstain completely from alcohol during pregnancy.  A national campaign launched by the Federal Government aims to increase this number by giving health professionals better resources to educate mothers-to-be.  Read more… 

School bullying goes unnoticed by teachers and parents
Analysis of a large-scale study by the Australian Institute of Family Studies suggests a significant under-reporting of school bullying by both teachers and parents. This pattern is important as teachers and parents may need help in ensuring that bullying interventions are effectively targeted toward the children at greatest risk of bullying victimisation. The Australian Institute of Family Studies has developed a compendium of new resources for both professionals and parents about children who bully at school.  Read more…  
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International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day
September 9 is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day. This day was chosen so that on the ninth day of the ninth month of each year, the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy, a woman should abstain from alcohol. The first awareness day was celebrated on 9/9/1999. 
Here, you will find a packet of materials to help you plan your FASD Awareness Day activities. The materials in this packet (sample news release, proclamation, and social media messages) have been designed to be customisable for different target audiences, and can be printed, delivered electronically, or added to websites for distribution. Read more... 

Women Want to Know: Discussing pregnancy and alcohol with women
The Department of Health have produced this video presenting an example conversation between a GP and patient.  In this video, a GP initiates a conversation about pregnancy and alcohol with a woman who is pregnant with her second child.  The woman drank alcohol in her previous pregnancy and is unclear on the guidelines for alcohol consumption during pregnancy.   Watch the video…

Living with FASD – Calgary John Howard Society
A client focused video about living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and the Extended FASD Support Program offered at The Calgary John Howard Society. Highlights the importance of diagnosis and of support for those living with FASD and their families.   Watch the video… 

SAMSHA – Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) #58
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP 58) designed for use by behavioral health providers. Titled Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders , the TIP 58 offers information on prevention and treatment, provides guidance for program administrators, and offers several checklists, fact sheets  and tools to assist with implementation.   Read more… 

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International News and Media
Miss Southern Illinois candid about fetal alcohol syndrome [USA]
Emily Travis of Belknap, who passed on her crown recently after serving as Miss Southern Illinois 2012, suffers from a lifelong disability that is gaining more public attention and treatment.  “I think it needs to be talked about,” she said candidly about suffering from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, which she has mentioned in contestant speeches in her many beauty pageant competitions.   Read more…

Babies face lifelong harm from mothers’ drinking [USA]
When a pregnant woman drinks, she’s drinking for two.  “There are 40,000 children born with full FASD each year,” said Barbara Vancil, founder and CEO of Special Needs Advocates and Parents (SNAAP).  “One in 100 will have it.”   Read more…  

Women face gender-specific challenges in fighting addiction and alcoholism [USA]
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus trumpeted a popular book in the 1990s.  But there’s another significant way in which the sexes differ that John Gray didn’t cover in his best-selling book: Addiction.  Its aftermath and treatment.   Read more…

Trainee Angelina Paolozza receives prestigious merit awards for contributions to FASD research [Canada]
In her doctoral work, NeuroDevNet trainee Angelina Paolozza has strengthened historically elusive connections between behavioural and cognitive deficits in FASD, and structural and functional brain injuries caused by prenatal alcohol exposure.   Read more…  

Ivy Tech grad accomplishes much despite disabilities [USA]
The fetal alcohol syndrome did not stop her. The hearing and vision impairments did not slow her down. And the teachers who said she would never succeed did not deter her.  Although she did not feel comfortable to walk at her high school graduation, Melody Jensen held her head high in May as she accepted a liberal arts degree from Ivy Tech Community College — Columbus.  That milestone was made possible by the help and support of family and Ivy Tech classmates and professors, she said.   Read more…  

FAS and FASD – diagnosis and moral policing; an ethical dilemma for paediatricians [UK]
We certainly live in interesting times; advertisements in the media and even in emergency departments enjoin those who have suffered injury to claim legal compensation from those who have wronged them, often on a ‘no win no fee’ basis.
Although UK paediatrics has, thus far, been largely immune to this cultural shift, it has been argued that children should be able to sue parents for illnesses that might have been prevented by vaccination, for wrongful birth or for illness caused by passive smoking.  No such cases have succeeded in the UK, perhaps reflecting the importance the legal system attaches to the integrity of the family as a social unit.   Read more...

Thousands of women drinking too much during pregnancy, figures suggest [UK]
A significant number of women have admitted drinking more than the government recommended limit of four units a week – equivalent to two large glasses of wine.  Hospital figures suggest that more than 2,000 babies a year are born to mothers who have breached alcohol guidelines, according to an investigation by Sky news.   Read more…  

Yukon MP plans private member bill on FASD [Canada]
Yukon MP Ryan Leef says the Conservative government is tough on crime, but that doesn't mean jail is always the best solution.  Leef is working on a private members bill that would allow people affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder to be treated differently by the justice system.   Read more…  

Pinpointing the damage alcohol does to the brain [USA]
New research has identified, for the first time, the structural damage at a molecular level that excessive alcohol abuse causes to the brain.  The study, led by The University of Nottingham, detected the loss and modification of several key cellular proteins in the brains of alcoholics.   Read more…   
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Latest Research
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: development of consensus referral criteria for specialist diagnostic assessment in Australia
R.E. Watkins, E.J. Elliott, A. Wilkins, J. Latimer, J. Halliday, J.P. Fitzpatrick, R.C. Mutch, C.M. O’Leary, L. Burns, A. McKenzie, H.M. Jones, J.M. Payne, H. D’Antoine, S. Miers, E. Russell, L. Hayes, M. Carter and C. Bower, BMC Pediatrics, 8 July 2014
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is known to be under-recognised in Australia. The use of standard methods to identify when to refer individuals who may have FASD for specialist assessment could help improve the identification of this disorder. The purpose of this study was to develop referral criteria for use in Australia.  The study found referral criteria recommended for use in Australia are similar to those recommended in North America. There is a need to develop resources to raise awareness of these criteria among health professionals and evaluate their feasibility, acceptability and capacity to improve the identification of FASD in Australia.   Read more… 

Prenatal alcohol exposure and adolescent stress – unmasking persistent attentional deficits in rats
W.L. Comeau, C.A. Winstanley & J. Weinberg, European Journal of Neuroscience, 25 July 2014
Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) can produce a myriad of deficits. Unfortunately, affected individuals may also be exposed to the stress of an adverse home environment, contributing to deficits of attentional processes that are the hallmark of optimal executive function. Male offspring of ad-libitum-fed Control (Con), Pairfed (PF), and PAE dams were randomly assigned to either a 5-day period of variable chronic mild stress (CMS) or no CMS in adolescence. In adulthood, rats were trained in a non-match to sample task (T-maze), followed by extensive assessment in the five-choice serial reaction time task. The study found PAE, adolescent CMS, and their interaction produced unique behavioural profiles that suggest vulnerability in select neurobiological processes at different stages of development.   Read more… 

Trends in alcohol consumption during pregnancy in Australia, 2001-2010
S. Callinan & J. Ferris, The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research, 2014
The aim of the current study is to examine, using cross-sectional data, the role of maternal age, period (year of pregnancy) and cohort (year of birth) as predictors of alcohol consumption during pregnancy over a 10-year period.  Using cross-sectional data, there does appear to be a positive relationship between maternal age and alcohol consumption during pregnancy; however, within any one survey period, it is difficult to determine if these patterns are due to period or cohort effects.  Read more… 

Fetal Alcohol Forum – The FASD Medical e-Network
The more we learn about and research FASD, the more we are able to create positive promising programmes and interventions to improve the lives of all those affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum 
Now, 40 years since FAS was first recognised in the US, research around the world is producing hundreds of new FASD studies each year. You will find abstracts of 213 studies from the past six months in this issue. Read more…

Chronic Binge Alcohol Exposure During Pregnancy Impairs Rat Maternal Uterine Vascular Function
K. Subramanian, V.D. Naik, K. Sathishkumar, C. Yallampalli, G.R. Saade, G.D. Hankins and J. Ramadoss, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 24 June 2014
Alcohol exposure during pregnancy results in an array of structural and functional abnormalities called fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Alcohol dysregulates the exquisite coordination and regulation of gestational adaptations at the level of the uterine vasculature. It was hypothesized that chronic binge-like alcohol results in uterine vascular dysfunction and impairs maternal uterine artery reactivity to vasoconstrictors and dilators.  This study concludes that moderate alcohol exposure impairs uterine vascular function in pregnant mothers.  Read more… 

Front-line Police Perceptions of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in a Canadian Province
M. Stewart and K. Glowatski, Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, 2014
This paper reports findings from police interviews regarding understandings of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) including the challenges this presents at the front line. The project investigates police perceptions, as individuals with FASD can have disproportionate contact with justice systems.  Police reported the need for more training or information for when they encounter individuals with FASD. Practice-oriented solutions, including training developed and delivered by experienced officers, is posited to respond to unmet needs. The findings offer new insight into officer perceptions that has practical implications for front-line training and practice. To date there is limited research on how police understand FASD.  Read more… 

Gene-ethanol interactions underlying fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
N. McCarthy and J.K. Eberhart, Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, July 2014
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term that describes a diverse set of ethanol-induced defects. The phenotypic variation is generated by numerous factors, including timing and dosage of ethanol exposure as well as genetic background. We are beginning to learn about how the concentration, duration, and timing of ethanol exposure mediate variability within ethanol teratogenesis. However, little is known about the genetic susceptibilities in FASD. Studies of FASD animal models are beginning to implicate a number of susceptibility genes that are involved in various pathways. Here we review the current literature that focuses on the genetic predispositions in FASD.  Read more…

Gross Motor Deficits in Children Prenatally Exposed to Alcohol:  A Meta-analysis
B.R. Lucas, J. Latimer, R.Z. Pinto, M.L. Ferriera, R. Doney, M. Lau, T. Jones, D. Dries and E.J. Elliott, Pediatrics, 9 June 2014
Gross motor (GM) deficits are often reported in children with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE), but their prevalence and the domains affected are not clear. The objective of this review was to characterize GM impairment in children with a diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) or “moderate” to “heavy” maternal alcohol intake.  The significant results suggest evaluation of GM proficiency should be a standard component of multidisciplinary FASD diagnostic services.  Read more… 

Dietary intake, nutrition, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in the Western Cape Province of South Africa
P.A. May, K.J. Hamrick, K.D. Corbin, J.M. Hasken, A.S. Marais, L.E. Brooke, J. Blankenship, H.E. Hoyme and J.P. Gossage, Reproductive Toxicology, 22 February 2014
This study describes the nutritional status of women from a South African community with very high rates of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Nutrient intake (24-h recall) of mothers of children with FASD was compared to mothers of normal controls. Nutrient adequacy was assessed using Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs). More than 50% of all mothers were below the Estimated Average Requirement (EAR) for vitamins A, D, E, and C, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc. Mean intakes were below the Adequate Intake (AI) for vitamin K, potassium, and choline. Mothers of children with FASD reported significantly lower intake of calcium, docosapentaenoic acid (DPA), riboflavin, and choline than controls. Lower intake of multiple key nutrients correlates significantly with heavy drinking. Poor diet quality and multiple nutritional inadequacies coupled with prenatal alcohol exposure may increase the risk for FASD in this population.  Read more...

Alcohol-Related Brain Damage in Humans
A.M. Erdozain, B. Morentin, L. Bedford, E. King, D. Tooth, C. Brewer, D. Wayne, L. Johnson, H.K. Gerdes, P. Wigmore, L.F. Callado, W.G. Carter, PLoS One, 3 April 2014
Chronic excessive alcohol intoxications evoke cumulative damage to tissues and organs.  Researchers examined prefrontal cortex from 20 human alcoholics and 20 age, gender, and postmortem delay matched control subjects. H & E staining and light microscopy of prefrontal cortex tissue revealed a reduction in the levels of cytoskeleton surrounding the nuclei of cortical and subcortical neurons, and a disruption of subcortical neuron patterning in alcoholic subjects. Collectively, protein changes provide a molecular basis for some of the neuronal and behavioural abnormalities attributed to alcoholics.   Read more… 
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Upcoming Events

Remember to visit our events page on our website for a full listing of upcoming events. 

NDIS Community Forums
The National Disability Insurance Scheme is hosting various Community Information Sessions and Forums around New South Wales and South Australia in August 2014.  To see if one is near you soon, please visit the NDIS Events page.
To see if you are able to access assistance from the National Disability Insurance Scheme, use the My Access Checker available on the NDIS website.

Decoding FASD – London, England
DATE: 14th October 2014
DETAILS: What does the future hold for a baby born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder?  The Conference will raise awareness and promote better understanding of FASD, inspire and motivate a more positive approach for FASD, and offer advice and knowledge that can be implemented in a professional or home setting.  Come and learn from the experts.  For more information and registration, click here.

Free FASD Workshop November 7th after the WA Aboriginal Sexual Health Forum – Northbridge, Western Australia
DATE: 7th November 2014 
DETAILS: Free One Day Training – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a sensitive and complex issue.  This workforce development training offers information on FASD, prevention strategies, and skills for working with Aboriginal women of child bearing age.  Use of culturally secure resources developed for reducing use of alcohol during pregnancy will be a central focus.  For more information and registration, click here.

Living Well: FASD and Mental Health Conference – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
DATE: 5-7th November 2014
DETAILS: The "Living Well: FASD and Mental Health" conference will delve into the interconnection between mental health and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder spanning the areas of prevention, intervention, support, evaluation and research. For more information and registration, click here

2014 FASD Matters Conference: FASD and Human Rights –Minnesota, USA
DATE: 13th November 2014
DETAILS: The 2014 FASD matters conference will provide a forum to network, share information, problem solve, and discuss the intersection of human rights and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. We will explore issues such as: access to health care, housing, school issues, social services, legal and civil justice, and employment. Over 20 exhibits will be featured. Group rates, student discounts, and partial scholarships are available. For more information and registration, click here.

Australian Childhood Foundation – Childhood Trauma: Understanding the Basis of Change and Recovery - Melbourne 
DATE: 4th – 8th  August 2014 
DETAILS: In this unique event, the Australian Childhood Foundation has assembled thought leaders in interpersonal neurobiology, trauma and therapy in a conference format that promises to engage, challenge and integrate perspectives about working with children, young people and families. The conference has three separate components, each offering options for participants to follow their own interests and plan a program that is specific to their learning objectives. For more information and to register, click here. 

Third European Conference on FASD – Rome, Italy 
DATE: 20th – 22nd October 2014 
DETAILS: Building on the success of the first and second conferences, EUFASD is pleased to announce the third European conference on FASD, to be held in Rome. The aim of these conferences is to bring together European researchers, public health workers and FASD-related NGOs to share knowledge and promote collaborations. Presentation will cover latest development worldwide, with an emphasis on European experience. For more information and registration, click here.
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