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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".


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 and the conference program (this will be available in late June).

Registrations are now open. The early bird rate applies until 31 August 2018.

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