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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Northern Territory program will educate students on fetal alcohol disorder

Northern Territory Minister for Education, Peter Chandler, has announced the development of programs that will educate students about the problems of Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), and support affected children.

'While there are already significant resources in schools to assist with education about alcohol these programs will focus on the disorder. New educational programs will address the consumption of alcohol in pregnancy as a way to prevent further cases. The Department of Education and Children's Services will work with non-government organisations to deliver programs to middle and senior school students on the consequences of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.'

'An educational psychologist will be employed to work with schools on programs to support children affected by the disorder,' Mr Chandler said during a visit to Centralian Senior College in Alice Springs.

Member for Stuart, Bess Price, who also visited Centralian Senior College, said FASD, which has lifelong complications for children, is preventable by avoiding the consumption of alcohol during pregnancy.

'School programs are unable to reverse these problems but can do a lot to support children in their social and learning development.'

Source: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

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Last updated: 25 March 2014
 
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