What is FASD?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or FASD is caused when alcohol is consumed while pregnant.  To the fetus, alcohol is a behavioural teratogen. A teratogen is a substance that causes birth defects and a behavioural teratogen is a substance that also causes behavioural problems. Although prenatal alcohol exposure presents a physical risk to the baby, it […]

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe a range of disabilities and a continuum of effects that may arise from prenatal alcohol exposure. It is widely recognized as the most common preventable cause of birth defects and brain damage in children. More about FASD » FASD Services Living with FASD […]


Call: 1800 RFFADA (1800 733 232) Email: elizabeth [at] rffada [dot] org Donate to Rffada Help us to continue providing education and help to those affected by fetal alchol spectrum disorder. Use the donate button on the this page to make a donation via PayPal (PayPal account not required). Media For statements or interviews on […]

How you can help – Donate

Donate to the rffada. Any funds will be used to help suffering individuals and their families around Australia. You can donate through PayPal.     Membership Download the membership form  

Aims and Objectives

The aims and objectives of the rffada are: To establish diagnostic centres in major locations across Australia To educate and train key individuals and organisations To support, educate and care for birth, foster and adoptive parents using a “no blame no shame” ethos To assist the rffada partners to achieve their aims and objectives in […]

About rffada

“We understand that we cannot solve the problems related to prenatal alcohol exposure on our own. That’s why working in partnership with others is critical to achieving our goals. These relationships are a key part of the work we do around Australia and we are glad to have partners who understand the importance of this work”. Anne […]

Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association

The Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association (rffada) is a 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. Rffada Patron: The Honourable Dr Sharman […]

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 »