The FASD Learning and Development Team has many years of experience working with individuals with FASD and are able to offer:

  • Workshops and seminars on a range of topics in the field of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in locations around Australia;
  • Customised workshops and seminars with individualised content in a location of your choice;
  • Individualised consultations and programs with flexible content and format in your choice of location throughout Australia; and
  • Special events such as symposiums, forums and conferences with guest speakers

The Modules available are outlined below:

Module Description Audience
Module 1 The Facts of FASD
Module 2 Strategies for Frontline Workers
Module 2a Strategies for Drug and Alcohol Workers
Module 2b Strategies for Mental Health Workers
Module 3 Living with FASD for parents and carers
Module 4 Strategies for Teachers and Educators
Module 5 Strategies for Employment Consultants
Module 5a Case Management Fundamentals
Module 6 Strategies for Criminal Justice Personnel
Module 7 Alcohol and Pregnancy for Students and Young People
Module 8 Strategies for Homelessness Providers
Module 9 FASD for Indigenous Participants
The “All Modules” Brochure This brochure outlines all the modules available for delivery in one small package

All our programs and workshops are based on a current and thorough knowledge base and aim to be practical and easy to understand.

For those providers which would prefer a longer term service, we can provide suggestions, support, interventions, information, consultations on specific individuals on a hypothetical basis and other agreed activities for a fee of $100 per month.

More Information:

Contact: The FASD Learning and Development Team Telephone: (07) 40 500 120 Email: elizabeth [at] rffada [dot] org

Individual Programs

Individual programs are flexible and can be tailored to the specific needs of a person with FASD.

These programs are available throughout Australia in the person’s home, school, respite home, or with a participating medical practitioner.

Common issues addressed include:

  • behaviour
  • school success
  • siblings
  • peer interactions
  • friendships
  • organisation and self care
  • communication
  • anger and stress management
  • leisure and play skills

Fees for these programs vary depending on program structure, format and location of program.

More Information:

Contact: Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association Telephone: 0412 550 540 Email: elizabeth [at] rffada [dot] org


Consultations with rffada staff provide quality information and practical strategies to:

  • families
  • schools
  • childcare agencies
  • respite agencies
  • community agencies and
  • other organisations involved in supporting people with FASD

More Information:

Contact: Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association

Telephone: 0412 550 540 Email: elizabeth [at] rffada [dot] org

Customised Workshop and Seminar Modules

The content, format and location of these modules are completely flexible and tailored to meet individual needs.

Formats for these presentations could include seminar/workshop presentations, resource development, teleconferencing or staff meeting/in-house training.

Interactive on-line learning options will also available for these modules in the future. The training team will work with you to determine the best option to effectively achieve your desired outcomes.

More Information:

Contact: Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association Telephone: 0412 550 540 Email: elizabeth [at] rffada [dot] org

Enhanced Primary Care Plan (EPC)

In summary:

  • A Medicare rebate is available for a maximum of five (5) services per patient each calendar year. (Note, however, that allied health providers may set their own fees)
  • Patients must have a GP Management Plan and Team Care Arrangements prepared by their GP
  • GP refers to allied health professional
  • Allied health professionals must report back to the referring GP

The EPC can be written by your GP and the person with FASD is eligible for this every calendar year.

Allied Health Professionals

  • Psychologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech Pathologists
  • Social Workers
  • Dieticians
  • Audiologists
  • Orthotists or Prosthetics
  • Dental Therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Dentists
  • Podiatrists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Aboriginal Health Workers
  • Optometrists

For more information www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/health-medicare-health_pro-gp-pdf-allied-cnt.html

Mental Health Care Plan

  • 12 sessions of individual therapy with a Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker or Psychiatrist. An additional six sessions may be available in exceptional circumstances
  • 12 Group Sessions of Therapy with a psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker or Psychiatrist
  • Rebates for assessment and treatment by a Psychiatrist

The Mental Health Care Plan is an option available for anybody (individuals with FASD, parents, siblings, carers…) who feels that their overall wellbeing and mental health is affected. Mental Illness is common; around 1 in 5 Australians will experience a mental illness at some stage in their lives. Your Mental Health
can be affected by a number of things; Physical problems such as chemical imbalances in the brain and infections, as well as non physical problems such as exposure to trauma, family environments, cumulative stress and difficult life events. We know that having a child with FASD can be hard, any member of the family who are feeling sad, confused, depressed or anxious about the person in the family who has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, should see their GP to discuss other professionals who may be able to support them such as social workers, counsellors.

Ninety percent of individuals with FASD also have mental health difficulties. They may be anxious about the environments around them; they may be depressed because they are having difficulty forming relationships with other people. There are many reasons why they would be eligible to access the Mental Health Care Plan, and they should be encouraged to seek support from the appropriate professionals.

People are eligible for the Mental Health Care Plan every calendar year. You can get a referral from your GP. Make sure you book a long consultation with your doctor to allow you and your doctor enough time to prepare a Mental Health Care Plan and discuss your treatment options.

For more information www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/mental-pubs-b-better