Alcohol, Pregnancy & FASD Research Group researchers finalists in Premier's Science Awards



Carol Bower 5                            James Fitzpatrick 4

Professor Carol Bower                                            Dr James Fitzpatrick

Scientist of the Year category                                 Early Career Scientist category

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New Australian FASD Diagnostic Instrument

Following extensive consultation with clinicians and trials in clinical practices around Australia, the Australian FASD Diagnostic Instrument was recently submitted to the Australian Government Department of Health for review.  This development included consideration of the revised Canadian guide on the diagnosis of FASD. The Diagnostic Instrument, the Guide to its use and the on-line training modules are now available.


The Australian FASD Diagnostic Instrument has adopted the concept that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder be used as a diagnostic term.


  • FASD with three sentinel facial features (similar to the previous diagnostic category of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome)
  • FASD with less than three facial features (this encompasses the previous diagnostic categories of Partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Neurodevelopmental Disorder - Alcohol Exposed)



Released: 5 May 2016     Updated: 13 May 2016


Australian Guide to the Diagnosis of FASD





Australian FASD Diagnostic Instrument E-Learning Modules

 The E-learning modules will include:

  • Module 1: What is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder?
  • Module 2: Alcohol use in pregnancy
  • Module 3: Conducting a diagnostic assessment
  • Module 4: Referral and screening guidelines for FASD
  • Module 5: Support and intervention after diagnosis


To register to receive an alert when the modules are available please email us.








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