Welcome to rffada

The Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association (rffada) is a national not-for-profit health promotion charity dedicated to ensuring that individuals affected prenatally by alcohol have access to diagnostic services, support and multidisciplinary management planning in Australia and that carers and parents are supported with a “no blame no shame” ethos.

On this site you will find a range of support resources and information relating to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder, or FASD.

The Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association (rffada) Strategic Plan is based on four key priorities.

    1. Prevention
    2. Support
    3. Training and Education
    4. Research and Projects


If you're going through hell, for God's sake keep going!


Paraphrased from Sir Winston Churchill



Thank you to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Information Network


Peggy Oba and her family organisation The Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Information Network have made a welcome donation to the rffada. Thank you Peggy and family, this will mean printed brochures and posters to distribute to organisations.


Collaboration between the rffada and RTO Training Connections Australia sees the first nationally accredited FASD training available in Australia

FASD training is now nationally accredited which means that participants successfully completing all four modules will receive a Certificate in FASD.


First Australian FASD APP now available

Our FASD App is now ready for purchase at $1.99.  It is the first App in Australia on FASD and only the 2nd in the world after the CDC.  We hope that this gives you the information you need on the fly.  Feedback is welcome as the App will be updated in the future with additional functionalities.

Click here for the Apple URL Link – go through ITunes and search for rffada FASD

Click here for the Google URL Link



FARE is pleased to announce a new national fundraising campaign that calls on Aussie dads-to-be to take a Pregnant Pause, and go without alcohol in support of a healthy pregnancy.

Giving up alcohol for up to 40 weeks, dads won’t just be giving their families the best start, but will also be raising funds to support thousands of people across Australia with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

The campaign launches this week and is catching on fast, with soon-to-be parents, Australian Olympic Swimmer, Elka Whalan and her husband, Olympic Water Polo champ, Tom Whalan, both proud ambassadors for the campaign.

Pregnant Pause Ambassador Ms Graham says, “A healthy pregnancy and baby is the ultimate for any family, so I’m delighted to be a part of the Pregnant Pause campaign, and proud to have my husband Tom supporting me along the way.”

The campaign’s creative catalyst and father of two, Troy Jones, wants to challenge Aussie Dads and says fatherhood should start before you bring the baby home.

“Dads today are a lot more hands on, and Pregnant Pause is a way that they can give their baby the best start in life, before they even enter the world.

We’re calling on dads-to-be to step up and join their partners in going without alcohol during the pregnancy, in the knowledge that by doing so, they’ll make it easier for their partners too,” Mr Jones said.

With the campaign slogan: Man up, drinks down, Pregnant Pause will also raise funds for prevention, education, diagnosis and support for the thousands of people across Australia who are impacted by FASD. FASD is the most common preventable cause of non-genetic, developmental disability in Australia, and it happens because of prenatal alcohol exposure. Babies born with FASD may have devastating developmental disabilities that can affect them for the rest of their lives.

Mr Jones says Pregnant Pause will raise money to provide support to those who are living with FASD, to prevent it from happening to more babies, and to educate the nation that there is no known safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy.

“We want to smash the taboos, clear the air on alcohol during pregnancy and raise funds for Australians living with FASD – we want to make FASD history.” Mr Jones said.

Register for Pregnant Pause today

Give to Pregnant Pause now

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If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant over the holiday season, dont drink.  The consequences could be far more than you could ever imagine.


rffada poster

    For a healthy baby, no alcohol while pregnant is safest!

 If there is information on FASD which is not on this website please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   I will source and upload the information that you require.  If you need it then others will too.

Information on this site from volunteers of the rffada is based on experience and is not made by medical personnel unless stated as such.  Additionally,we advise that the information contained in ths site is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her existing health care professional/s.

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