Nofasd Australia - The Loop - Issue #50

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Artwork by DJ (12) who has FASD


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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. We advocate the importance of families being recognised and valued as vital partners in this work.


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 ( and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay informed about decisions affecting you. Never hesitate to call our helpline 1300 306 238 for free confidential support or information or to offer your feedback.


Special Mention


A few years ago we brought you the story of Sarah Sherwood who was achieving wonderful outcomes at Equestrian events

It’s wonderful to have this recent update from Sarah's mother Deb who has sent us this photo of Sarah at one of the biggest dressage events in QLD. Deb tells us that despite having FASD Sarah is becoming a fantastic dressage rider, competing against able and disabled riders in RDA,Special Olympics & Equestrian Australia events. Deb's advice to others is "find a passion for your kids and follow it."

What an amazing achievement Sarah! Congratulations from us all!


National FASD Strategy 2018 – 2028

Thank you to our readers that are taking part in the National FASD Strategy 2018 – 2028 consultation. We understand that for various reasons many of you are not able to attend on the day that it is happening in your state so submissions can be made by visiting: or email [email protected] and let us know what your thoughts are. If you are not aware of the letter that went out is:


Dear stakeholders,

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.

All interested members of the public are now invited to have their say and submit a response to inform the development of the National FASD Strategy 2018 - 2028. We encourage you to distribute the weblink to your extended networks.

The consultation period runs from 1st August, 2017 and will conclude on the 4th September, 2017.

Submissions can be made by visiting:


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Conferences/Workshops and webinars

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Training Day 2017 Tuesday 8th August 2017. Information & booking

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



“Mama Maremma”

This month we are introducing the first narrative of our new FASD blogspot written by “Mama Maremma” a wonderful parent who shares her wisdom about supporting a child with FASD. We hope you enjoy reading as much as we did!


To read this please click here

Photo by DJ


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News & media

The new FASD Hub Australia website is due to be launched in September! Check out the temporary website currently being developed by an alliance of organisations working to provide a 'one stop shop' for information, tools and resources that are current and evidence based. Go here


Indigenous suicide inquest: WA Government not taking FASD seriously, researcher claims. Read more

Radio Interview with Dr James Fitzpatrick "It's a preventable tragedy and it's probably the most potent driver of social disadvantage and suicide in remote communities today." Listen here

Pregnant Pause new campaign video launch event. Watch video

Two Common Drugs May Reverse Fetal Alcohol Syndrome's Brain Damage When Given After Birth. Read more


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For Service Providers

New videos for Health Professionals from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) to help support pregnant women who use alcohol or other drugs View here


Alcohol, Pregnancy and FASD e-learning modules for Health Professionals from Telethon Kids Institute. Free registration here

Myths about FASD. Read more

Online free webinar: Nurses: Expanding Roles in Diagnosis and Treatment of Children and Families with FASD. Watch here

FASD: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals. Read more

Online free webinar: Evidenced based FASD Treatment and Intervention. View here


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For Parents/Carers/Families

Consequences, Punishment and FASD – What Does & Doesn’t Work. Read more

Party Planning and Sensory Processing Disorder Read more

Violent & Challenging Behaviour – Basic Information for Parents coping with on-going violence and challenging behaviour from a child with a neurodevelopmental disorder. Read more


Do you live in WA and would like information about assessments, diagnosis and services for FASD? Visit FASD C.A.R.E.



Living with a Sibling Diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Read more


Keeping Routines for Children with FASD. Read more


Five sanity-saving tips for parenting kids with FASD. Read more


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New Research/Journal Articles

Maternal Alcohol Use Disorder and Risk of Child Contact with the Justice System in Western Australia: A Population Cohort Record Linkage Study. Read more

Emotional understanding in school-aged children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: a promising target for intervention. Read more

New research study: Prenatal Ethanol Exposure and Neocortical Development: A Transgenerational Model of FASD. Read more

Prenatal Ethanol Exposure Persistently Alters Endocannabinoid Signaling and Endocannabinoid-Mediated Excitatory Synaptic Plasticity in Ventral Tegmental Area Dopamine Neurons. Read more


Mental Health in School-Aged Children Prenatally Exposed to Alcohol and Other Substances. Read more

Neurodevelopmental Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: Consumer Protection and the Industry’s Duty to Warn. Read more

Prevalence of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure in the State of Texas as Assessed by Phosphatidylethanol in Newborn Dried Blood Spot Specimens. Read more


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