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Australian FASD News

Feb 2023
Australian Government Department of Health (Australia) – ‘Strong Born’ a new campaign supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to yarn about FASD. On February 22, the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) supported by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), will launch the Strong Born campaign aimed at raising awareness of the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy, and safe breastfeeding practices.
ABC (Australia) – Ex-prisoner says FASD screening would help break cycle of crime. Geoffrey Taylor says it wasn’t until he was diagnosed with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder at 54, that he was able to make sense of his life of crime.

First Peoples Child and Family Review – Aboriginal Kinship Carers and Carers of Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Western Australia: Advancing Knowledge from an Indigenous and Disability Lens
Children and youth with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) have limited access to assessment, diagnostic, and treatment resources – a distinct disadvantage in meeting their care needs in Australia.

Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research – An investigation of the utility of the Australian Guide to the diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in young children
These results highlight the complexity of presentation and the extent of impairment in the sample. The use of comorbid diagnoses to substantiate a “severe” designation in specific neurodevelopmental domains raises the question of whether there were false-positive diagnoses.

NOFASD Australia – Characteristics across the lifespan
As the adverse impacts of fetal alcohol exposure are dependent on the timing and dose of alcohol use during pregnancy, the individual fetal alcohol (FA) characteristics will vary from child to child.