FASD Research Australia Centre of Research Excellence
Reducing the effects of antenatal alcohol on child health
FASD Research Australia has been established by leaders in FASD research in Australia with funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for five years (2016-2020).
FASD Research Australia aims to contribute to the sustainable empowerment of communities, organisations and professionals to address FASD, and reduce its compounding impact on affected children, their families and the wider community. It harnesses the extensive skills and experience of a multidisciplinary research and clinical team and their networks to support high-quality and high-impact research to address three key areas related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
Prevention - key focus areas include:
development of preventative efforts targeting school-aged children
use of biomarkers to screen for alcohol use in pregnancy
Screening and Diagnosis – key focus areas include:
understanding the impact of different levels of prenatal alcohol exposure on neurodevelopment, including epigenetic mechanisms
upskilling the health workforce to improve screening and assessment practices
upskilling the education sector to identify children at risk and refer for assessment
upskilling the justice sector to identify people at risk and refer for assessment
Management – key focus areas include:
development of interventions to support youth in detention with FASD
development of interventions to support parents and caregivers of a child with FASD
establishing the annual cost to society of FASD in Australia
There are two research centres based in Perth and Sydney led by FASD Research Australia's Directors Professor Carol Bower (Telethon Kids Institute) and Professor Elizabeth Elliott (University of Sydney). The research centres host CRE-funded projects and provide a solid platform to build research capacity in Australia.