Update of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Australia: Monograph of the InterGovernmental Committee on Drugs Working Party on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

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Date Commenced:
08/2011
Expected Date of Completion:
06/2012
Project Supporters:

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

Drug Type:
Project Members: 
Ms Emma Black
Conjoint Lecturer
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Research Fellow
Ph 02 9385 0282
Project Main Description: 

The monograph is an outcome of the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs (IGCD) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Working Party. The Working Party was first established in 2006, at the request of the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy, to advise on the developments in Australia and overseas in regard to FASD and to identify best practice approaches to reduce the incidence of FASD.

The monograph examines the current status of research, policy and practice regarding alcohol use in pregnancy in Australia, particularly in relation to fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). The findings identify areas where additional attention is required and enhancements to existing practices might improve the current situation with regard to prevention, early intervention and long term management of this preventable condition.

Project Collaborators: External: 

Prof Agnes Bankier
(Monash Univeristy)

Prof Carol Bower
(Telethon Institute for Child Health Research ,University of WA)

Ms Heather D’Antoine
(Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, University of WA)

Ms Lorian Hayes
(University of Queensland)

Dr Raewyn Mutch
(Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, University of WA)

Dr Colleen O’Leary
(NDRI and Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, University of WA)

Dr Jan Payne
(Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, University of WA)

Dr Elizabeth Peadon
(The Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit (APSU)

Prof Ann M. Roche
(NCETA, Flinders University)

Ms Anna Woods
(formerly NDARC, UNSW)

Aims: 

To update the monograph commissioned in 2007.

Design and Method: 

N/A Commissioned monograph

Findings: 

 

Each chapter of the monograph was updated with recent literature. Research currently being undertaken across Australia was added to the monograph and a list of recent Australian literature was included. The update of the monograph was submitted to DoHA in June 2012 and is under review.

Output: 

 

The report completed in 2009, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Australia: An update,  is available at:

http://www.nationaldrugstrategy.gov.au/internet/drugstrategy/publishing.nsf/Content/mono-fasd

The 2012 update of this report is currently being reviewed by the funders.

Benefits: 

The findings identify areas where additional attention is required and enhancements to existing practices might improve the current situation with regard to prevention, early intervention and long term management of this preventable condition.

Drug Type: 
Project Status: 
Completed
Year Completed: 
2012