Nofasd Australia - The Loop - Issue #54

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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 and thank you for your commitment to FASD.


This is also a wonderful opportunity to share this timely reminder from children about what is really important at Christmas and to remember: If pregnant, planning or could be – no alcohol is the safest choice.


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Best wishes for a happy and relaxing festive season and may 2018 see increasing FASD awareness, diagnosis, intervention, and prevention programmes.


Louise Gray, on behalf of NOFASD Australia


Alcohol Pregnancy Warning Labels – Update

Disappointingly, Food Ministers decided against regulating mandatory pregnancy warning labels at the Food Standards Australia New Zealand meeting on the 24th November. However, “Forum Ministers asked the Food Regulation Standing Committee to expedite for earliest possible consideration development of a policy options consultations paper including: mandatory versus voluntary application; most appropriate pictogram; and most appropriate and most easy to understand message to discourage drinking during pregnancy.” Read more


Congratulations Professor Carol Bower

We would like to warmly congratulate one of our Ambassadors, Professor Carol Bower for her recent induction as a new Fellow to the prestigious Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. Professor Bower is highly regarded nationally and internationally for her research and advocacy on birth defects, as well as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and their prevention through the reduction of prenatal alcohol use. Read more



Pregnant, planning or could be – no alcohol is the safest choice at Christmas. See this timely reminder from children about what is really important at Christmas.


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Important Notice

New Ambassador

It is with very great pleasure that we warmly welcome Dr Heidi Webster, as an Ambassador for NOFASD Australia. Dr Webster is a consultant paediatrician specialising in developmental and behavioural disorders. She is the Clinical Services Director at the Sunshine Coast Child Development Service (CDS) in Maroochydore, QLD and set up the Sunshine Coast FASD Clinic within the CDS in 2015. Read more

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Congratulations Sarah Sherwood

Sarah Sherwood has FASD and has worked very hard to achieve her position to represent Queensland in the Special Olympic National Games 2018! Congratulations Sarah! She is now required to fundraise for the games and we do hope you will consider donating! Official donation site here

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Conferences/Workshops and webinars


Abstracts are now open for the European Conference on FASD being held on 24-26 September 2018 in Berlin. The deadline for abstracts is Friday, March 16, 2018, at midnight, Berlin time. Read more

FASD webinars presented by NOFASD Australia are available for viewing online. NOFASD Webinars


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News & media


Check out our 9 For November Campaign for some of the best activities Australia has to offer that require no alcohol but offer maximum fun for all. Pregnant, planning or could be, or just wanting to cut back on the alcohol, there’s something for everyone. Read more

Have you checked out the new FASD Hub website? The developers are keen that it is easy to use, informed and relevant for everyone including, health professionals, service providers and parents/carers.


It’s not just mums who need to avoid alcohol when trying for a baby. Read more here

Mainstream Schools in Australia Discourage Inclusion of Students with Disability. Read more

FASD Study: Prevalence in Corrections. Read more



For Service Providers

The Australian Centre for Child Protection at the University of South Australia are seeking clinicians to take part in a research project aiming to enhance the screening of young children suspected of having FASD. Read more

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Safety Considerations for Caregivers and Professionals. Read more

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Suggestibility: A Need for Greater Awareness and Understanding. Read more

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New Research/Journal Articles


Mitigation of postnatal ethanol-induced neuroinflammation ameliorates trace fear memory deficits in juvenile rats. Read more

Study Results: Evaluation of a FASD Prevention Campaign Using Pregnancy Test Dispensers in Alaska and the Yukon. Read more

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) – conditions and interventions. A systematic review and assessment of the social, medical, economic and ethical aspects. Read more

Computer-Aided Recognition of Facial Attributes for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Read more



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For Parents/Carers/Families

Updated TOOLKIT especially for Australian parents/carers/families who are supporting children/adults with FASD – a one stop resource that will enable you to better understand your child and advocate for them - to ensure their physical, emotional, and educational needs are met so they have the best life possible. Read more (scroll down to Self Advocacy Kit)



FASD & Sexual Development: Accommodations & Approaches to support children and youth. Read more


What to do when friends or family aren’t supportive of your child who has learning, behavioural or attention issues? Read more


The Tendril Theory – Why transitions and shifting tasks is so hard for some children. Read more


School Transitioning 2018 – start planning now! Read more


Frustration Log – to find out why your child gets frustrated so that you can develop a plan to help future similar situations. Read more


Easy to read article that explains why parents and caregivers need to understand the important connection between FASD and sensory processing issues. Children with FASD who experience sensory processing issues can be helped with Occupational Therapy, which is one of the services eligible for funding through the NDIS. Read more


A big thank you to Suzanne Tofte Heacock for allowing us to share her great visual that was first uploaded to the "Shifting the paradigm: towards a neuro-behavioral approach to FASD" FB support group. It illustrates the  light bulb
analogy so brilliantly!



Looking after yourself – some great tips from Jean Hailes organisation.

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