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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:
- map and expand existing FASD prevention initiatives in the Fitzroy Valley
- translate internationally evidence-based FASD prevention strategies into high impact activity at the community level
- develop local strategies into scalable models in other communities
- converge the local impact with a National Action Plan for FASD.
The outcomes of this research will serve to benefit the Australian and Fitzroy Valley communities by:
- improving the health, quality of life and social and economic potential of the next generation of Fitzroy Valley children, and therefore the fabric of the community itself
- identifying practical strategies that can be implemented elsewhere in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities to reduce and eliminate FASD.
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