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".
The FASD Research Australia Centre of Research Excellence is hosting the 2nd Australasian FASD Conference in Perth 21-22 November 2018. This is a great opportunity for health, education, justice and disability professionals, parents and carers; policy makers and the research community to learn, network and hear about Our Science, Our Stories
Keep up to date with information leading up to the conference (including keynote speakers, abstract submissions and sponosrship) and register your interest to attend.
We also encourage you to share the conference brochure amongst your networks.
Find out more about FASD and Telethon Kids Alcohol and Pregnancy & FASD Research projects