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Call for national plan to combat Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) and the Public Health Association of Australia have called for a comprehensive Commonwealth-led national action plan to tackle Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). FASD is the most common preventable cause of birth defects in Australia. There are currently no national strategies focusing on its prevention, and no formal diagnosis structure or services for people with FASD.

Both organisations released their joint submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders on the 18 January. The submission calls for funding of the first ongoing national public education campaign to promote the National Health and Medical Research Council's guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol, as well as mandatory health warning labels for alcohol products sold in Australia.

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Media contact:
Sam North
Mobile: 0407 941 447

Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education Ltd
Level 1, Suite 8
8 Phipps Close
PO Box 19
Deakin ACT 2600
Ph: (02) 6122 8600
Fax: (02) 6232 4400

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Last updated: 25 March 2014
 
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