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What is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a diagnostic term for severe neurodevelopmental impairments (you may see these as difficulties with physical activities, language, memory, learning and behaviour) that result from brain damage caused by alcohol exposure before birth.

FASD occurs in all parts of Australian society where alcohol is consumed.

No level of maternal alcohol consumption at any time during pregnancy can be guaranteed to be completely ‘safe’ or ‘no risk’ for the developing fetus
Australia has evidence based guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol which state that "for women who are planning a pregnancy, are pregnant or breastfeeding, not drinking alcohol is the safest option".

Find out more About FASD


Looking for online modules on FASD?

Online modules have been developed by Australian health professionals to provide information on the following:

  • introduction to FASD
  • understanding of  the risks and effects of alcohol use in pregnancy
  • how to assess alcohol use in pregnancy
  • how to conduct a diagnostic assessemnt
  • general principles for discussing diagnosis, developiung a management plan and supporting families after a FASD diagnosis


A new learnspace will commence on 17 August - registration and evaluation modules and broken links have been updated. If you have not completed the current modules by this date you will need to redo them in the new learnspace to receive a certificate of completion.

FASD Research Australia Centre of Research Excellence is conducting a survey to find out about your experience and understanding of FASD, diagnosis and intervention options, and your needs and preferences regarding FASD training and resources.  You are invited to complete this online survey and go into a draw to win a $500 voucher to Amazon, David Jones or Flight Centre.