Below is the rffada’s first newsletter for the year. It is a very short one. I would like to draw your attention to the event in Cairns associated with the House Standing Committee Inquiry. As they move around Australia I will provide an itinerary for those who wish to attend.

Rffada News

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“Study finds Early Start program could save US billions in health costs.”  December 20th, 2011

It’s a Matter of Justice – 5th National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Fitzroy children centre of Foetal Alcohol Disorder study Pediatrician James Fitzpatrick of Australia is leading an investigation in to FASD in children of the Fitzroy Valley.

Article, Science Network of Western Australia, December 16, 2011

Analysis of fetal meconium can reveal gestational alcohol exposure A recent study of fatty acid ethyl esters (FAEEs) and ethylglucuronide (EtG) in meconium at hospitals in seven Italian cities has revealed that fetal alcohol exposure is underestimated in Italy.

Article, EurekAlert, December 15, 2011

Pregnancy and alcohol don’t mix Due to the recent push for alcohol and pregnancy warning labels on alcoholic beverages, physicians in Australia are recommending that women abstain completely from alcohol use during pregnancy.

Article, Central Western Daily, December 14, 2011

FASD Events

Inquiry by the House Standing Committee on FASD

The Inquiry’s first port of call on their trip around Australia is Cairns on the 31st January.

They will be based at the Sebel Townhouse and will commence at 9am. Please attend if you can. Those parents and carers who do not wish to speak in front of others have been given confidential time to discuss their issues. Please attend. This is such a crucial Inquiry for FASD on Australia. Thanks. If you need more information please email me.  Anne.

The 5th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Research: Results and Relevance Integrating Research, Policy, and Promising Practice Around the World

Conference Dates: February 27 – March 2, 2013 Conference Location: The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC

Call for Abstracts is now open Deadline For Abstract Submissions: May 31, 2012

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre is currently seeking families

including foster and adoptive families who care for children affected or suspected of being affected by FASD, to take part in an extremely important research project. If you are such a family (or you are a service provider working with such a family) would you please seriously consider being involved as the information you provide will be used to assess what services are needed to assist families caring for children with FASD. The survey can be conducted over the phone at a time convenient to you and all information given in the survey will be confidential. All participants will go into a draw to win an iPad.

If you are interested in participating please call Courtney on 02 9385 0282 or email Courtney [dot] breen [at] unsw [dot] edu [dot] au.

2012 Upcoming Festivals – Mamapalooza Spring Festivals

May 7–13, 2012, Sydney Australia @ Tap Gallery

Mothers of the world take note — Sydney will be on the map in 2012 with a great Festival of Arts celebrating Mamapalooza ‘the Aussie way!’

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