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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Raising awareness of alcohol`s impact on the developing brain

The forum: Brain development and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) was held on 27 May by the McCusker Centre for Action on Youth and Alcohol and brought together researchers and other professionals to discuss what can be done to prevent harm to young people resulting from their own or another's alcohol use. The Mental Health Minister Helen Morton opened the forum, stating that changing the harmful drinking culture in Western Australia was the first step to preventing FASD, and that initiatives such as the state government's Alcohol. Think again campaign are helping to curb the harmful effects of alcohol. The Drug and Alcohol Office of WA received $2.2 million over four years to develop state-wide Aboriginal Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder prevention initiatives under the Council of Australian Governments Closing the gap Indigenous early childhood development national partnership.

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Mental Health Minister Helen Morton's office
Ph: (08) 9213 7250

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Last updated: 6 June 2011
 
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