Nofasd Australia - The Loop - Issue #51

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Recognising September as International FASD Awareness Month and International FASD Awareness Day on the 9th September


International FASD Awareness Month is now here and we are on the last minute countdown to FASD Awareness Day, recognised globally on the 9th September every year.


We invite you to participate in our Thunderclap and help us spread the message that no alcohol is the safest choice if pregnant, planning or could be! It’s simple to do and it’s free! Just click on our #PregnantTogether link and all will be revealed!


What is Thunderclap? Thunderclap is a crowdspeaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together. It allows a single message to be mass-shared, flash mob-style, so it rises above the noise of your social networks. By boosting the signal at the same time, Thunderclap helps a single person create action and change like never before.


Check out other FASD Awareness Day Eventsthat are being held around Australia and if you are organising a last minute event you can go here to download your free information pack (including free downloadable posters and an order form for free promotional items) and remember to register your event to be in the draw for some great prizes including FASD resources and teaching materials, workplace tea sampler packs and other goodies.



Two Important Opportunities to have your say!

Siggins Miller Consultants on behalf of the Australian Government invite interested members of the public to have their say and submit a response 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. Closing date 4th September Online response here

The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (#FASD) Research Australia Centre for Research Excellence and the WA Consumer and Community Health Research Network invite you to participate in a 15-minute online survey to put forward any questions or issues that you feel are important about:

Prevention of alcohol consumption during pregnancy

The diagnosis, treatment or support for people who are affected by FASD.

For more information and to take the survey, please click on the following link:




Don’t miss this month’s blog from Mama Maremma! “Mama Maremma is not always able to guard her child who also needs protection along with constant supervision and guidance.” Read more

Special Mention

NOFASD Ambassador Professor Elizabeth Elliott was the very worthy recipient of the 2017 Royal Australian College of Physicians Howard Williams Medal for her outstanding contribution to improving the health of children and young people. Her acceptance oration "In search of Health from Dien Bien Phu to Fitzroy Crossing and Christmas Island" can be viewed here.

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Conferences/Workshops and webinars


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




News & media


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder rife in Tamworth region. Read more

Making FASD history as a Community Researcher: Adrian’s Story View video

Call to combat Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder rates are significantly higher among Indigenous Australians than the rest of the world, according to research. Read more

FASD is having a devastating effect. Read more


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For Service Providers

Behaviour management practices at Banksia Hill Detention Centre (WA) Full Report. Read more


An informative new FASD video flipchart from Apunipima Cape York Health Council View video

The Canada FASD Research Network blog (CANFASD Connect) reports on some communication strategies suggested by researchers for helping to reframe the way the public thinks about FASD. Read more


Stay Strong and Healthy FASD Story Book Display Box: A fabulous resource designed for Aboriginal women who are pregnant or have a new bub, and their partners, mates and family. This booklet is useful for health workers talking through alcohol issues during pregnancy with clients. Read more



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For Parents/Carers/Families


Supporting Adolescents and Adults who have FASD (thanks to Dr. Vanessa Spiller, Clinical Psychologist, from Jumpstart Psychology for sharing her presentation) Read more

This video from the NDIS National Disability Insurance Scheme provides a great explanation of what are "reasonable and necessary" Supports! View video


The NDIS and Psychosocial Disability - One of the primary categories under the NDIS where people with FASD should be eligible to qualify for services is Psychosocial Disability. Although this website has been designed for people with a Mental Health conditions it has excellent information about pyshosocial disability and how to apply for services under the NDIS. Read more


What can I do to help my child/adult with FASD? Dr Raja Mukherjee summarises the key points of how to think differently about parenting to meet the needs of a child with FASD. View video

For children who struggle with sensory processing issues: 9 Tips for Creating a Sensory Space at Home on a Budge. Read more


There are many executive function skills tied to attention and focus that interfere with success in the classroom, home, extracurricular activities, and community. Read more



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