Nofasd Australia - The Loop - Issue #43

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December 2016


To our valued network and supporters at NOFASD Australia. I would like to take this opportunity to extend Seasons Greetings to you, your colleagues, and families.


The year 2016 has seen some increased national awareness about FASD and there have been many more media references without prompting! This raised awareness is due to individual and collaborative work across the sector. I think we all know that there is some way to go. Increasingly the emphasis needs to be on ensuring that relevant workforces are FASD informed. Increased understanding of the effects of FASD on a lifespan will assist affected individuals.


On behalf of NOFASD Australia I would like to thank you for your commitment to FASD.


In closing, I have included a poem written by one of NOFASD Australia’s Ambassador’s Dr James Fitzpatrick. His poem was the winner of the Derby Bush Poets Breakfast in 2011 and references the work he, his colleagues and the community have undertaken in the Fitzroy Valley in Western Australia’s far north. The text and a hyperlink James Fitzpatrick TEDx Talk to his poem recital and presentation at a TEDx talk is included.


Best wishes for a happy and relaxing festive season and may 2017 see a snowball effect on FASD awareness, diagnosis, intervention, and prevention.


Louise Gray, on behalf of NOFASD Australia



Hope in the Valley 


There is hope in the valley and it flows slow and deep,

A river of life floods the plains,

And it softens the tears the grandmothers weep,

Like a desert refreshed by the rains.


And there’s pride in the valley, those women stood strong,

To stop that damned river of booze,

While businessmen and countrymen swore they were wrong,

But the women had too much to lose.


The children are damaged before they are born,

The alcohol poisons the brain,
And the grandmothers grow them up, tired and forlorn,

While the parents go drinking again.


The river of grog is a trickle out there,

And the young people hunt through the skies,

For the spirits of old men with wild untamed hair,

And that wise, patient gleam in their eyes.


There’s hope in the valley and it flows deep and slow,

Like culture where life finds its themes,

The river of hope has a long way to go,

But it’s flowing, and so are their dreams.

Dr James Fitzpatrick, 2008



FASD specific workshops and webinars



Train it Forward – A FASD Masterclass - February 2 2017 Sydney

Further information & registration here


7th international Conference on FASD March 1-4 2017 Vancouver - featured presenters include Karen Moritz PhD, Professor and Rajesh Miranda PhD, Professor both Research Fellows, School of Biomedical Sciences and Child Health Research Centre, the University of Queensland Further information & registration here


If you have missed any of the recent FASD webinars presented by NOFASD Australia, they are now available for viewing online. NOFASD Webinars


Cain Lazenby

News & media

If you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or taking a break from alcohol you won’t want to miss these mouth-watering mocktails from the12 Mocktails of Christmas advent calendar, brought to you by NOFASD and Pregnant Pause (FARE – Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education). Recipes here


A new JustJustice e-publication edited by @croakeyblog that includes FASD. Read more


From Pro Bono News: A Senate report into the indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment has found huge gaps in services for people found to be unfit to plead, with the majority being Indigenous people, and has called for urgent reforms to the system" Read more


WA teen rapist ordered to undergo foetal alcohol disorder test before dangerous sex offender hearing. Read more


“FASD occurs in all communities, in all postcodes and in all socio-economic groups and it is a myth that FASD is an indigenous problem,” says Dr James Fitzpatrick. Read more


For Parents/Carers/Families

FASD: Dealing with Stealing - some really excellent practical strategies in this video from Nathan Ory. Watch video

7 Super Brain-building Gross Motor Activities for Kids that can help improve their mood, anxiety, depression, hyperactivity, focus, and memory. Read more


New atlas depicts first two months of human development in 3-D. Read more

Helping Your Kids Understand Their Sibling's Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. This booklet provides guidance on understanding sibling relationships when FASD is involved. Read more

Siblings Australia provides extensive information and links to resources/support services for siblings of people with chronic conditions including disability, their parents and service providers. Read more

Paying attention is challenging for children with FASD. Here are some fun sensory movement exercises that may help! Read more


Executive Function Skills Cheat Sheet - children and adults living with FASD will struggle with all or at the very least some of the skills listed on this sheet. Read more

To improve your child’s spatial awareness, you can enhance their motor skills and learning development with these locomotion activities. Read more

Over 100 Holiday Strategies for living with FASD - supporting yourself and your family. This blog comes from our friends in the northern hemisphere! Read more

Cain Lazenby
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New Research


Resilience in the Face of Adversity: Stories from Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Read more


FASD, methylation and miRNA: changing the “volume” on gene expression. The findings from this study "are important because they will allow researchers to further isolate and test genes and epigenetic tags related to FASD.” Read more


An ERP Study of Response Inhibition in the Auditory Domain in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Read more


FASD Prevalence among school children in Poland. Read more

Alcohol Warning Label Perceptions: Do Warning Sizes and Plain Packaging Matter? Read more


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For Service Providers

The FASD Research Australia Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) held an inaugural Research Symposium in Perth on the 27th of October 2016. WA Government representatives and stakeholders from the Justice, Education, Disability, Health and Child Protection sectors attended as well as representatives from NOFASD and research leaders from across Australia. Links to the programme and workshop outcomes can be found here


The WA Alcohol and Youth Action Coalition has just released its 2017 WA Election Platform and one of the six areas they have identified for action includes FASD. Read more


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