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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Fetal syndrome ‘must be recognised as disability’

Date posted: 22 May 2014

The Federal Government's reluctance to recognise Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) as a disability had deprived many Aboriginal children of the correct treatment.

Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council director Scott Wilson has told a parliamentary inquiry that communities affected by the problem received little support because FASD was not officially recognised as a disability, although the World Health Organisation has declared FASD a disability.

In its submission, the Office of Children's Commission of the Northern Territory said many child sufferers of FASD ended up in the mental health and justice systems.

Source: The Australian


Last updated: 28 May 2014
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