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Marulu Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Prevention Strategy



This research project is a targeted community-wide prevention strategy in response to the documented high rates of Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the Fitzroy Valley, West Australia. The prevention strategy will:

The outcomes of this research will serve to benefit the Australian and Fitzroy Valley communities by:

This research project is funded by the Western Australian Government Department of Aboriginal Affairs and philanthropic funding from the McCusker Foundation.

Abstract adapted from the Telethon Kids Institute


Dr James Fitzpatrick
Paediatrician and Research Fellow
Telethon Kids Institute

Telethon Kids Institute
100 Roberts Road
Subiaco WA 6008
PO Box 855
West Perth WA 6872
Ph: (08) 9489 7724
Fax: (08) 9489 7700

Related publications

Telethon Kids Institute (2016)

Making FASD history in the Fitzroy Valley.

: Telethon Kids Institute

This video shows how Dr James Fitzpatrick and his travelling health team from Paediatric Child Health and Education Services (PATCHES), visit the remote community school in Muludja in Western Australia's Fitzroy Valley, to screen for Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

The service is part of the Marulu strategy, which is a partnership between Aboriginal leaders and researchers to address the prevalence of FASD in the Fitzroy Valley. The strategy aims to diagnose and prevent FASD, as well as offer therapies and support to the families and children who are affected by FASD. This video highlights the importance of integrating Aboriginal ways of knowing with evidence based practice to empower communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Last updated: 2 November 2017
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