Alcohol and Pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Resources

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Anne Russell – Australian of the Year Awards Qld finalist 2011

NOFASARD congratulates  Anne Russell from the Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association for being chosen as one of four finalists for Queensland in the Australian of the Year Awards 2011. Anne has worked tirelessly and bravely to raise awareness about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Australia and her success as a finalist is well deserved. […]

Respite Services for Carers

The Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre is an Australian Government funded program designed to assist carers in accessing respite services and gain information on services available in the community.

Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol Prevention Taskforce in Tasmania

This new task force includes representatives from a broad cross section of the service provider community (see below) and a parent/community member. Since formation in March 2010, the Taskforce has met three times during which Terms of Reference have been developed and ratified; and a draft Prevention Action Plan for Tasmania has been completed. Manager […]

Diagnosis Crucial to Addressing FASD

Diagnosis called crucial to addressing FASD The first, and most crucial, step to effectively preventing and addressing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders is diagnosing sufferers, By Justine Davidson on September 28, 2010 at 3:06 pm

The first, and most crucial, step to effectively preventing and addressing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders is diagnosing sufferers, says one of Canada’s leading FASD researchers.

Dr. Sterling Clarren delivered his message to participants at the Walking Together symposium being held today and tomorrow at the High Country Inn Convention Centre.

“Every system is perfectly organized to deliver the results that are achieved,” Clarren said, quoting American doctor and public health care advocate Don Berwick.

“So,” he continued, “it is not an accident when the results are not those that were hoped for.”

The current system, Clarren said, is not effective in assisting people with FASD, nor preventing new babies being born with a fetal alcohol disorder, because there is a major lag in identifying how many Canadians suffer from the brain damage done when a pregnant mother drinks excessively.

4th International FASD Conference

The 4th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder The Power of Knowledge: Integrating Research, Policy, and Promising Practice around the World March 2 – 5, 2011 The Westin Bayshore Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada This 4th International conference will provide an advanced forum for emerging and cutting edge research, policy and practice that will assist […]

Psychiatric Training in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders “Inadequate”

Deborah Brauser

November 4, 2009 (Honolulu, Hawaii) “Psychiatric training in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) is “inaccurate and inadequate,” a national survey of psychiatric trainees reveals.

Presented here at the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 56th Annual Meeting, the survey showed although 40% of respondents reported receiving supervision with a patient with suspected or confirmed FASDs, 70% reported never diagnosing a patient with an FASD, and 51% reported they had never treated a patient with the condition.

In addition, a total of 83% reported they had never used any standardized diagnostic schema at all.

OHRC launches survey on discrimination based on mental health and addiction disabilities Ontario Human Rights Commission

For immediate publication November 16, 2010

Toronto The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) launched a survey today to learn more about the human rights issues and barriers people with mental health and addiction disabilities face. The survey kicks off a broader consultation process on human rights and mental health-related issues.

The questions are aimed at learning how discrimination because of a person’s mental health issue or addiction may affect their ability to find and keep a job, get an apartment or connect with education and health-related services.

More Women Are Drinking During Pregnancy Than You Think

National Association of FASD State Coordinators special report states: While most reports state that 10% of pregnant women drink alcohol (including reports by government agencies), the actual figure is 23.7%. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the latest data (2008 survey) indicates that of women in their first trimester of pregnancy, […]