FASD Screening and Diagnostic Instrument

Australian Collaboration Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders: Development of a Screening and Diagnostic Instrument for Australia (FASD Project)

A new collaboration has been formed to develop a screening and diagnostic tool for Australian children and adolescents with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

The collaboration brings together clinicians, epidemiologists, policy makers, parents and carers, consumer advocates, researchers and public health personnel. The project is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.

Is light drinking during pregnancy okay?


Posted in Science Alert: Experts Respond on October 6th, 2010.

Woman drinking wineNew research drawing on data from the UK’s Millenium Cohort Study, a large study tracking the long term health of children born in the UK, suggests that light drinking during pregnancy does not harm a child’s behavioural or intellectual development.


The research, published today in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (A BMJ journal) drew on a sample of 11,513 children and interviewed participants’ mothers about their drinking patterns during pregnancy and other social and economic factors that may impact a child’s development, when the children were aged 9 months.

FASD Books available as free download

Elizabeth Russell has made her three books available as a download from her website elizabethrussell.com.au Alcohol and Pregnancy. No Blame — No Shame! A Mother’s Responsible Disturbance Strategies for Employment Service Specialists Go straight to the download page »

Articles via NOFAS US

  • Dentists Help to Detect Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  • Parents face heartbreaking choice: Do they give up their adopted 7-year-old daughter?
  • Adoptive Parents Give Away Child with FASD
  • Scheduling the first prenatal visit: office-based delays (PDF)
  • NOFAS United Kingdom FASD CPD Accredited Online Course

October News Roundup

I Australian News

  1. Update – Application A576 – Labelling of Alcoholic Beverages with a Pregnancy Health Advisory Label
  2. Western Australian “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Model of Care”
  3. DOHA research funding for FASD
  4. An update from the WA Child and Youth Health Network
  5. National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee Extract from September Communique 2010
  6. FASDAY 2010

II International News & Media Articles

  1. New Zealand Seminar – FASD and Justice: Screening, Assessment, Forensic Implications.
  2. Provincial Outreach Program for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (POPFASD)
  3. Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, new guidelines for addressing alcohol use in Pregnancy.
  4. Canadian Lawyers call for “decriminalization” of fetal alcohol offenders
  5. New Book – Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Its Effects on Hippocampal Anatomy and Function

III Latest FASD Research

  1. Women’s knowledge and attitudes regarding alcohol consumption in pregnancy: a national survey (Australian Research)
  2. Distinguishing between attention-deficit hyperactivity and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in children: clinical guidelines (Australian Research)
  3. Health professionals addressing alcohol use with pregnant women in Western Australia: barriers and strategies for communication. (Australian Research)
  4. A new study has created a preliminary neurobehavioral profile of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
  5. Damage From Binge-Drinking in Pregnancy Worsens With Age
  6. Journal articles from the National Institute on alcohol Abuse and alcoholism
  7. Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Induces Long-Term Changes in Dendritic Spines and Synapses in the Mouse Visual Cortex
  8. Motor response programming and movement time in children with heavy prenatal alcohol exposure
  9. Fetal alcohol syndrome: knowledge and attitudes of family medicine clerkship and residency directors
  10. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders From Research to Policy
  11. An fMRI Study of Number Processing in Children With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  12. Investigating the Linkages between FASD, Gangs, Sexual Exploitation and Women Abuse in the Canadian Aboriginal Population: a Preliminary Study.

Media and Research Roundup (CMigrator copy 1)

FASD News Roundup August 2010

I Australian News

  1. New Norcia Wine Leads the Way with Important Warning Labels
  2. Australian Senator Praises BC Response to FASD (17/12/09)
  3. Alcohol legacy ‘ruins’ children
  4. The 30th Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) Conference 28 November – 1 December 2010 Canberra
  5. FASD is now in the Western Australian “Equality Before the Law” Bench Book
  6. AER Research
  7. ANCD Consultation on Drug and Alcohol Issues

II International News & Media Articles

  1. Canadian Report — Parenting children with FASD
  2. The 4th International Conference in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  3. Fetal Alcohol Network New Zealand — FASD & Justice Seminar
  4. Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol: The Role of Addiction Psychiatry
  5. Why middle class women are dying for a drink: Alcohol abuse among professional women is causing devastating health problems
  6. Braided Cord – New book on FASD by Liz Kulp
  7. Audiocast for 4th National Biennial Conference on Adults with FASD

III Latest FASD Research

  1. Treatment of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Studied in Mice Peptides derived from neurotrophic factors found to reverse alcohol-induced deficits
  2. Neural processing differences in ADHD in individuals with and without prenatal alcohol exposure
  3. Motor-skill activities hold promise of rewiring children’s damaged brains
  4. Prenatal exposure to alcohol dulls the pain response in babies
  5. Link between Brain Structure and Mathematical Ability may Lead to Better Treatment for Children with FASD
  6. Training Helps Children Make and Keep Friends
  7. Normal distribution of palpebral fissure lengths in canadian school age children.
  8. Dangers of Drug And Alcohol Use During Pregnancy: Medics Ask For More Training
  9. Epilepsy risk rises when pregnant mothers drink
  10. Paternal Genetic Contribution Influences Fetal Vulnerability to Maternal Alcohol Consumption in a Rat Model of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  11. Fetal alcohol disorders common in Eastern Europe adoptees
  12. Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Chronic Mild Stress Differentially Alter Depressive- and Anxiety-Like Behaviors in Male and Female Offspring
  13. Genetic and epigenetic insights into fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
  14. New eye test may detect learning disabilities, early Alzheimer’s,FASD
  15. Drinking While Pregnant Tied to Rare Leukemia in Offspring
  16. Repeated third trimester-equivalent ethanol exposure inhibits long-term potentiation in the hippocampal CA1 region of neonatal rats
  17. Screening, Diagnosing and Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Is This Syndrome Treatable?
  18. Progress in Fetal and Neonatal Brain Injury Research
  19. Creating a preliminary neurobehavioral profile of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
  20. Pregnant women who drink alcohol may reduce the sperm count of sons
  21. Impact of prenatal alcohol consumption on placenta-associated syndrome

FASD Training

For the first time in Australia! Training Connections Australia, in conjunction with the rffada have developed training in FASD for all audiences. We can deliver this training anywhere in Australia and New Zealand and can quote within the hour. Module 1 – The Facts of FASD Module 2 – Community and allied Health Personnel Module […]

Media and Research Roundup

FASD News Roundup May 2010

I Australian News

  1. Welcome and thank you to Associate Professor Heather Douglas (T C Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland)
  2. Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service FASD Project
  3. Good News Story from a teacher of students with FASD
  4. Media article – Fitzroy Crossing kids traumatised
  5. Telethon Institute for Child Health Research “Alcohol & Pregnancy Project” Update
  6. Alcohol and Pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Resources for Health Professionals
  7. DASSA Library has copy of ADHD & FASD by Kieran O’Malley
  8. Fitzroy Valley FASD/ELT Strategy Update

II International News & Media Articles

  1. First European Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  2. Free University of Minnesota FASD Online Training Course
  3. The 4th International Conference in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  4. CDC’s new FASD website
  5. Psychiatric Training in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders “Inadequate”
  6. New book about FASD by 11 year old Child
  7. Irish Medical Organisation calls for Health Warnings on alcoholic beverages
  8. Russia Will Require Labels on Alcohol

III Latest FASD Research

  1. Reversal of Alcohol-Induced Learning Deficits in the Young Adult in a Model of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  2. New research helps explain the underlying mechanism behind alcohol’s effects on the developing fetus.
  3. Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Much Higher than Previously Estimated
  4. Examining mathematical abilities in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
  5. Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) have a number of cognitive deficits
  6. Racial Disparities in Pregnancy-related Drinking Reduction
  7. New screening tool helps identify children at risk for developmental issues.
  8. Problems Expressed by Caregivers of Children With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  9. “Impact of a social skills intervention on the hostile attributions of children with prenatal alcohol exposure”
  10. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Outcomes From a Comprehensive Magnetic Resonance Study of Children With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  11. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and the criminal justice system
  12. Missing Connections: FASD Research
  13. Rewards of Parenting a Child with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  14. Brain Regions Damaged By Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Identified By Water-Diffusion Technology
  15. Behavioural Training Improves Connectivity and Function in the brain

New Australian Resources

We would like to inform you of a new set of rffada resources. These resources are: FASD_Screening_Tool__-_under_18.pdf812.01 KB FASD_Screening_Tool__-_over_18.pdf740.73 KB