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Date posted: 12 September 2012
A proposed national plan to reduce the incidence of the most common preventable cause of developmental disability in Australia, Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), has been endorsed by the country's leading FASD experts.
A fully costed $37 million solution to address the gaps in the prevention and management of FASD, the Australian Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder action plan 2013-2016, was launched at Parliament House in Canberra today, 12 September 2012, by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).
The comprehensive plan recommends a broad population-based prevention approach to addressing FASD, with $10.2 million to fund a public education campaign, a further $7.3 million to establish three FASD specific diagnostic clinics across Australia, and two research projects in remote and isolated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
FARE's plan addresses five priority areas:
The plan was developed in consultation with 33 leading FASD experts, and has been endorsed by the Australian FASD Collaboration and the National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (NOFASARD). Its release comes ahead of the findings of the House of Representatives Committee Inquiry into FASD expected to be handed down later this month.
FASD expert Professor Elizabeth Elliott said, 'To prevent more children being born with FASD, we need to reduce the harmful consumption of alcohol across the whole Australian community. This plan outlines ways we can decrease alcohol use in pregnancy as well as to increase community awareness of its harms, improve diagnosis and care for children with FASD.'
Source: Foundation for Alcohol Research Education
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