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Addressing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Australia

Posted on: 10 September, 2012
Issue: Vol 12 No 3, July 2012 - September 2012
Related to Pregnancy Alcohol use

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (2012)
Addressing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Australia
Canberra: National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee

This report was produced by the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee as a position paper on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). The report contains an overview of FASD in Australia, including the health and social impacts of alcohol use during pregnancy. The report also contains recommendations to address the condition, which include:

  • implementing broad ranging social marketing campaigns to raise awareness of FASD, and the risks to the fetus or baby if the mother consumes alcohol while pregnant and breastfeeding
  • supporting health professionals and services through the development of national policy and clinical practice guidelines, as well as workforce development and training.

NIDAC officially released this position paper on the opening day of the NIDAC conference (6 June 2012).

Abstract adapted from National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee

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