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Inquiry hears impact of Fetal alcohol syndrome in Kimberley

Date posted: 12 May 2014

The northern Australia inquiry has heard details of the extent Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is affecting generations of people in the Kimberley.

In 2010, the Lililwan project was started in the central Kimberley, Western Australia, to try and gauge for the first time just how common FAS is.

Local Aboriginal leader, June Oscar, who helped start the project, this week told the Parliamentary Inquiry into Northern Australia that every child born in the Fitzroy Valley in 2002 and 2003 has been assessed.

"The findings have resulted in confirming what we'd expected, that one in three children in our community are living with unique and complex needs," she said..

With the findings to be published later this year, Ms Oscar told MPs, the next step would be getting federal funding to help affected children secure education and employment.

Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation Indigenous



Last updated: 9 May 2014
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