Nofasd Australia - The Loop - Issue #46

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Welcome all new subscribers to our e-newsletter.

Since 1998 NOFASD Australia has been working to change the lives of children/adults living with FASD and their families through information, support and advocacy. We are passionately committed to improving public policy and service system delivery by working together with collaborative networks, other agencies, both government and non-government, to strengthen our efforts to drive change that will lead to more positive outcomes for children and families living with FASD.

Whether you’re a parent, carer, sibling, family member or a professional who works with children and families living with FASD, visit our web page here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed about decisions affecting you. Never hesitate to call our helpline 1300 306 238 for free, confidential support or information.

Special Mention

The Board and Staff of NOFASD Australia warmly congratulate one of our Ambassadors, Professor Elizabeth Elliott for being awarded the Royal Australian College of Physicians Howard Williams Medal for paediatrics.





NOFASD Australia and the Drug Education Network Tasmania invite you to: Train it Forward: a Masterclass for FASD 15th June 2017 Campbell Town Tasmania

This event will support delegates to be the 'go to' person in their organisation for information regarding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Information & Registration


From Mental Health Commission of NSW

On behalf of the Mental Health Commission of NSW I am extending to you an invitation to join us for an active, solutions-focussed one-day forum for mental health carers.

As someone who cares for or supports a family member or friend who experiences mental illness, your insights are invaluable. Our goal is to find ways to have your voice as a carer heard – whether that’s in individual care decisions or shaping the way organisations respond to carer needs.

Please visit our event registration page to find out about the format, topics and aims of the forum as well as the travel subsidies you can apply for if you live outside Sydney. I hope you will consider joining me for an event that aims to measurably improve outcomes for individuals like you.


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Conferences/Workshops and webinars


Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service: FASD Seminar - Child Development Service

When: July 27th2017 - $85 Professionals $40 Parent.

Contact: Sue or Naomi Email: [email protected]


Global Alcohol Policy Conference October 4-6th 2017 Melbourne. Read more

2017 National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Conference in Calgary, Alberta on October 24-27, 2017 Information & Registration

Mental Health Carers NSW are hosting a number of certified training courses and education opportunities in 2017. Information & Registration

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


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Wish you could attend the Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC) 2017 in Melbourne but can’t afford to get there?

Applications are now open for the GAPC2017 Ian Webster Conference Scholarship Program. Funded by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), the Scholarship enables Australians working in rural or remote regions to enhance their professional expertise by attending GAPC2017 in Melbourne this October.




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News & media

Women who used marijuana while pregnant were almost three times more likely to have an infant with low birth weight. Read more



The latest science on FASD and how it influences our genetics (Western University Ontario researcher Ben Laufer) Read more


New Book: Developing Inclusive Practice for Young Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders : A Framework of Knowledge and Understanding for the Early Childhood Workforce (Carolyn Blackburn 2017) Order here


Bulletin of the World Health Organisation: Counting the costs of drinking alcohol during pregnancy: “These figures should not further stigmatize mothers of children with FASD, but rather help to prioritize funding and support for these families.” Read more

Press Release from the American Physiological Society: Exposure to Alcohol Before Birth May Make Drinking More Appealing to Teens. Read more


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For Service Providers

Are you a FASD informed service provider? Knowing about FASD is not the same as Understanding FASD. Contact us if you would like to know more on 1300 306 238 free call


New Clinical Therapy update in the Journal 'Australian Doctor': How to spot fetal alcohol exposure. Read more

Neurodiversity: The Future of Special Education? A Focus on Strengths versus Deficits – a critical approach for children living with FASD. Read more


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Sexually Inappropriate Behaviors: Important Reminders for Criminal Justice and Forensic Mental Health Professionals. Read more

Prevention of congenital defects induced by prenatal alcohol exposure (Conference presentation). Read more

Web-Based Preconception Interventions to Prevent FASD. Read more

Father's Role in Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies. Read more



For Parents/Carers/Families

NDIS Information for Families & Carers. Read more


The NDIS is now available in the Loddon area as of 1 May 2017. The Loddon area covers the local government areas of: Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Greater Bendigo, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Mount Alexander. More information

The majority of children with FASD also have sensory processing challenges. Did you know that Occupational Therapy (which can be covered by the NDIS if your child has qualified for a plan) may help them overcome some of these challenges? You can find out more information or find a therapist here

What it’s like to live with FASD - this powerful piece written by Psychologist Nathan Ory is great for helping others understand FASD - just as applicable for adults living with FASD as well as children! Read more


Classroom Modifications to help Students who Struggle with Slow Processing Speed. Read more


Perseveration – The Lens by Which Those Afflicted with FASD Interpret their Relationship and Environment (Dr Barry Stanley 2015) Read more


Ten ways to be an effective Advocate for your child at school. Read more

Some great short videos for sharing that help to explain the complexity of FASD.Go here


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New Research/Journal Articles

Australian Research: Zika prep confirms microcephaly and FASD link - MJA InSight 16, 1 May 2017 | doctorportal Read more

Australian Research: Prevalence and profile of Neurodevelopment and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) amongst Australian Aboriginal children living in remote communities. Read more

Research from NZ: Putting Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder on the Map in New Zealand: A Review of Health, Social, Political, Justice and Cultural Developments. Read more

Researchers reveal results of study which placed pregnancy tests in bar bathrooms. Read more

Neurological and Neuropsychological Effects of Low and Moderate Prenatal Alcohol Exposure FASD.

The relationship between different dimensions of alcohol use and the burden of disease.

Comorbid Mental Disorders in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: A Systematic Review.

(From the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics).


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