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The National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) released its position paper on Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) on the opening day of the NIDAC conference (6 June 2012).
The paper, Addressing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Australia, calls on government and health services to implement several recommendations to combat the preventable condition, and to support sufferers and their families.
It suggests implementing broad ranging social marketing campaigns to raise awareness of FASD, and the risks to the fetus or baby if the mother consumes alcohol while pregnant and breastfeeding. It is also recommends supporting health professionals and services through the development of national policy and clinical practice guidelines, as well as workforce development and training.
Source: National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee
National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee
PO Box 205
Civic Square ACT 2608
Ph: (02) 6166 9600
Fax: (02) 6162 2611