Nofasd Australia - The Loop - Issue #47

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Development of the National FASD Strategy 2018 – 2028

The Australian Government Department of Health is undertaking consultations 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 Department has engaged Siggins Miller Consultants Pty Ltd (Siggins Miller) to undertake the development of the National FASD Strategywhich includes consultation with stakeholders and the development of a national strategy which provides a national holistic approach to reducing the prevalence of FASD; support Australians living with the disorder; guide the activities of individuals and communities as well as all levels of government, the public and research sectors, Not-For-Profit organisations which can adapted and implemented across Australia.


Siggins Miller is an experienced Australian consultancy company providing services for over 20 years in policy and program research, evaluation and management consultancy. The Siggins Miller project team is led by Professor Mel Miller (Director) and Mr James Miller (Senior Consultant).


As part of the consultation process, Siggins Miller will be conducting face-to-face strategy development workshops. There will also be other opportunities to provide feedback including through supplementary telephone interviews and written submissions.


The consultation period will run from 1st July, 2017 and conclude on the 1st September, 2017. The workshops will be attended by with individuals and organisations working on FASD, individuals and organisations working with people affected by FASD, public health organisations and representatives of State and Territory Departments including: Health, Corrections and Juvenile Justice and Education and National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) Affiliates. The workshops will be catered and run from 9:30am – 3:30pm. Face-to-face strategy development workshops will be held in and on:


Sydney: Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

Canberra: Thursday August 3, 2017.

Melbourne: Tuesday,August 8, 2017.

Hobart: Thursday, August 10, 2017.

Brisbane: Tuesday,August 15, 2017.

Cairns: Thursday, August 17, 2017.

Perth: Tuesday,August 22, 2017.

Broome: Thursday, August 24, 2017.

Darwin: Tuesday,August 29, 2017.

Alice Springs: Thursday, August 31, 2017.

Adelaide: Monday, September 4, 2017.


Exact addresses of venues are in the process of being finalised and will be communicated to all stakeholder by Siggins Miller in the coming weeks.


It should be noted that due to capacity of venues, spaces to attend the face-to-face strategy development workshops are limited in each location. Invited participants will also be responsible for any costs associated with attending the face-to-face workshop in each location.


Siggins Miller will be in contact with you by email in the coming weeks with an invitation for you to attend one of the face-to face strategy development workshops.


In the meantime, should you have any questionsabout the consultation and written submission process, please contact Siggins Millerby email on [email protected] or by phone on: 1800 055 070. Please note that the 1800 number provided is a message bank service in which you can leave your inquiry, a senior Siggins Miller staff member will endeavour to return your call within 72 hours.


You are invited to attend:


2017 Recovery Camp

Thursday, September 14, 2017 10:00 AM until Tuesday, September 19, 2017 4:00 PM

The 2017 Recovery Camp is being held at The Station in Walleroo, South Australia from the 14 = 19 September 2017, to promote Recovery Month in Australia. Members of Project Independence and The Station are working to raise awareness about Recovery and has been looking at what The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has been doing across the U.S. The U.S Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use issues and celebrate the people who recover. Information about Recovery Month Information about the camp and the program will be available on the City of Sydney Narrative Project website To book accommodation click here for more information

The Station

Mental Health Centre

4 John Terrace

Wallaroo, SA 5556

F E T A L    A L C O H O L  S P E C T R U M  D I S O R D E R     T R A I N I N G    D A Y   2 0 1 7

Empowering GPs, paediatricians, psychiatrists, allied and mental health professionals to develop knowledge and skills in FASD


- Understanding the new Australian FASD diagnostic guidelines

- Incorporating the guidelines in clinical practice

- Developing intervention and support plans for people with FASD  



Tuesday 8th of August

Lorimer Dodds Lecture Theatre

The Children' s Hospital at Westmead



FASD Training Day Program


9 : 0 0 A L C O H O L  U S E  I N  P R E G N A N C Y  A N D  U N D E R S T A N D I N G                       F A S D

1 0 : 0 0 N E W  A U S T R A L I A N     F A S D  D I A G N O S T I C  G U I D E L I N E S


1 1 : 3 0  A S S E S S I N G    A  C H I L D  O R    A D O L E S C E N T    F O R    F A S D

13: 00 LUNCH

1 4 : 0 0 W O R K I N G  T H R O U G H   A  F A S D    A S S E S S M E N T


1 5 : 3 0 S U P P O R T,  I N T E R V E N T I O N   & A   D V O C A C Y

1 6 : 0 0 P A N E L  D I S C U S S I O N

Professor Elizabeth Elliott

Dr Marcel Zimmet

FASD Clinical Team

Facilitated by FASD Clinical team

FASD Clinical Team

Joined by Sue Myers, Founder of NOFASD Australia (



F o r  I n f o    c o n t a c t:

J e n n i f e r   H o r t o n


F o r  I n f o   c o n t a c t:

J e n n i f e r   H o r t o n

9 8 4 5 2 4 4 6    o r

E m a i l : SCHN - [email protected]


Time: 8:30am to 4:30pm

Date: Tuesday 8th of August

Venue: Lorimer Dodds Lecture Theatre, The Children's Hospital at Westmead (level 4)

To register, complete the attached form and return to:

CHW Education Centre Mailbox

Fax:(02) 9845 2999 Email: [email protected]

Mail: Locked Bag 4001, WESTMEAD NSW 2145

Full Registration (closes 30th July 2017) Early bird (before 30 June 2017)
$230 or $200
$175 (SCHNetwork employees) or $150
$120 (Full time students) or $100




Important Notice


Territory Families update - NTCOSS ebulletin 7 June 2017 New Charter of Rights launched A new Charter of Rights for Foster and Kinship Carers will be the foundation for developing a new relationship between NT carers and Territory Families.


The charter was launched at a special event at Parliament House on Friday 26 May to mark the first step of a new program to recognise and celebrate the work of carers. The charter, which was developed by the Foster Carers Association of the NT (FCA) in consultation with Territory Families, was launched by the Minister for Territory Families, Dale Wakefield. The event was attended by carers and their children as well as senior representatives from Territory Families, NGO service providers and FCA.


The charter is part of a broader program between FCA and Territory Families to recognise the important role foster and kinship carers undertake in the care of vulnerable children and to also celebrate and promote their work. The program will also include a roadshow that will visit all major centres to promote awareness of the charter with carers as well as case workers and service providers.


The charter sets out eight rights, and the behaviours that are required to fulfill those rights:

 Be respected

 Be informed

 Be consulted

 Be supported

 Feel safe

 Be valued

 Be treated fairly

 Have your privacy and confidentiality respected.


The event also hosted the premiere of a video in which carers speak about the importance of the charter, and the rights it promotes. Watch the video Speaking of our rights on the Foster Carers NT YouTube channel. Territory Families deputy CEO Jeanette Kerr said the charter would guide Territory Families as it worked to improve the circumstances and well-being of children in out of home care, their families and carers.


“I acknowledge that some of you have not always felt valued and supported by government agencies,” she said. “This charter provides a set of founding rights which will underpin and strengthen the department’s ongoing relationship with foster and kinship carers,” Jeanette Kerr said.


For more information on the Charter of Rights contact FCA on 8945 3364 or email [email protected] and there are more details on the Charter of Rights event on the Territory Families area of the NT.GOV.AU website.


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