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What is FASD?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a diagnostic term for severe neurodevelopmental impairments (you may see these as difficulties with physical activities, language, memory, learning and behaviour) that result from brain damage caused by alcohol exposure before birth. See What is FASD for more information and view the interactive graphic Brain impairment in FASD.

Join us at the FASD2018 Conference

2nd Australasian FASD Conference 'Our Science Our Stories'

Pan Pacific Hotel Perth 21-22 November 2018

Early bird registrations close 31 August 201

Read more about the FASD 2018 Conference

Professor Elizabeth Elliott awarded the AMA Excellence in Healthcare Award

“Professor Elliott is a Distinguished Professor in Paediatrics and Health at The University of Sydney School of Medicine and a NHMRC Practitioner Fellow. She has been a passionate advocate for raising awareness of FASD for more than 20 years,” Dr Gannon said.

Professor Elliott has played a significant leadership role in developing the Australian Guide to the Diagnosis of FASD and online training modules, new clinical services, the FASD Hub website and a national FASD register.

Read the AMA Press Release and Australian Medicine Journal (pages 9-10) for more information about Professor Elliott's work in Indigenous communities, children in Immigration detention and other voluntary work.

Photo Michael Gannon and Elizabeth Elliott

Professor Elizabeth Elliott AM FAHMS was presented with her award by AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, at the AMA National Conference in Canberra.

Understanding FASD

Learn about the strengths, difficulties and challenges for a person living with FASD. Plus an overview of how alcohol use during pregnancy can impact on the developing baby.

FASD diagnosis and assessment

Information to guide parents and carers through their journey. Health professionals can find details on the diagnostic categories and criteria, assessing maternal alcohol use and neurodevelopmental impairments.

Service Directory FASD-informed health professionals

I am on standby every hour of the day to respond even when my child is at school. I am my child's external brain and she can't function without it.


Managing FASD

Key principles and approaches to managing FASD plus tailored advice for health professionals, parents and carers, educators, justice professionals and service providers

Preventing FASD

FASD is a preventable disorder when the key advice is followed: No alcohol when planning a pregnancy and while pregnant and breastfeeding is the safest option

Page last updated 2 August 2018