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Australian Guide to the diagnosis of FASD

The Australian Guide was first published in May 2016. It has been updated in February 2020 to repair broken links, remove links no longer available and include updated and new links. Some pages have subsequently been reformatted.

There have been no amendments to the diagnostic instrument and how to use it.

Access the Australian Guide February 2020

General Practitioners (GPs) are often the first health professional a woman goes to when she is either planning a pregnancy or thinks she may be pregnant. Because of this GPs have an important role in providing the best possible information for women to have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. It is crucial that GPs ask every woman about alcohol use during pregnancy in a non-judgemental manner and advise then of the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. It is important that any alcohol use before and after confirmation of pregnancy is recorded.

In partnership with the Western Australian Primary Healthy Alliance, researchers from the Telethon Kids Institute have developed three short videos aimed at informing GPs of the importance of asking all pregnant women and women planning a pregnancy about their alcohol use.


  • Alcohol and pregnancy: It’s Everybody’s Business
  • Asking Questions About Alcohol In Pregnancy
  • Recording Alcohol Use In Pregnancy


Visit the GPaskthequestion page to access the videos and more information