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Data from the birth cohort of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) was used. Mothers of 3447 children provided information on alcohol consumption during pregnancy, children's sleep problems from 2- to 9-years, and potential confounders associated with sleep problems. Children were classified into Prenatal Exposure (PAE) groups based on distinct patterns of maternal drinking during pregnancy: abstinent, occasional, low, moderate, and heavy. The effect of PAE on the number and persistence of sleep problems across childhood (2-9 years) was examined.

Date:
November 2020
Journal name:
aDrug and Alcohol Dependence
Authors:
Chandler-Mather, N Occhipinti, S Donovan, C Shelton, D Dawe, S
Page last updated 13 January 2021

Eighty-seven participants attended a workshop to support community-based professional development and co-design of a novel assessment approach. Qualitative data collection included video recording of the workshop, and small group discussions, for which a narrative analysis was utilised. Quantitative data collection included self-report questionnaires to understand current community practices and three key constructs: practitioner knowledge, attitudes, and intentions for future practice.

Date:
December 2020
Journal name:
Research in Developmental Disabilities
Authors:
Reid N. Hawkins E Liu W Page M Webster H Katsikitis M Shelton D Wood A O'Callaghan F Morrissey S Shanley D
Page last updated 9 December 2020

This scan sought to identify the scope and gaps in publicly available FASD prevention and health promotion resources, and assess their cultural appropriateness for use among five key groups of Indigenous Australian people including: (i) pregnant

Date:
January 2017
Journal name:
Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Book name:
DOI: 10.1002/hpja.8
Authors:
Williams HM Percival NA Hewlett NC Cassady RBJ Silburn SR
Page last updated 3 December 2020

Sleep problems are a common clinically reported area of concern for children and adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). However, limited empirical research has been undertaken investigating sleep problems for children with FASD. The current study published in 2020 aimed to examine the associations between parent-reported sleep problems in children with FASD and child behaviour, caregiver mental health and health-related quality of life and family functioning.

Date:
July 2020
Journal name:
Sleep Medicine
Authors:
N Hayes KM Moritz N Reid
Page last updated 9 December 2020

Maternal behaviours in pregnancy associated with adverse pregnancy, birth and health outcomes include tobacco smoking, poor nutrition, alcohol consumption and low physical activity, collectively referred to as the SNAP risk factors. In this study published in 2020 seven electronic databases were searched for studies that examined the effect of interventions addressing multiple SNAP behaviours.

Date:
August 2020
Journal name:
Nutrition & Dietetics Sexual & Reproductive Medicine
Authors:
Jenna Hollis Emma Doherty Julia Dray Danika Tremain Mandy Hunter Karen Takats Christopher M Williams Henry Murray Craig Pennell Belinda Tully John Wiggers Justine Daly Melanie Kingsland
Page last updated 1 December 2020

The Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit (APSU) has been prospectively collecting national data on rare childhood conditions since 1993, with monthly reporting of cases by paediatricians. In this report we describe annual results from studies for ten communicable diseases and complications of communicable diseases that were conducted using APSU surveillance in 2019 and place these in an historic context.

Date:
August 2020
Journal name:
Communicable Diseases Intelligence
Authors:
Suzy M Teutsch Carlos Nunez Anne Morris Skye McGregor Jonathan King Julia MI Brotherton Daniel Novakovic Robert Booy Cheryl A Jones William Rawlinson Bruce Thorley Elizabeth J Elliott
Page last updated 1 December 2020

This study published in 2020 describes the conception, implementation and evaluation of a training intervention aiming to upskill the custodial workforce in the management of youth with FASD and NDI; 117 staff participated in the intervention, and 109 completed pre- and post-intervention surveys. Improvements were seen across almost all knowledge and attitude items, and the intervention was considered highly necessary, appropriate and valuable by the workforce.

Date:
August 2020
Journal name:
JPsychiatry, Psychology and Law
Authors:
Hayley M Passmore Raewyn C Mutch Rochelle Watkins Sharyn Burns Guy Hall Jonathan Carapetis Carol Bower
Page last updated 1 December 2020

Our primary objective of this work published in 2020 was to formally identify the views of people living with FASD, their parents/caregivers, service providers and the general public on the research priorities for FASD and alcohol use on pregnancy in Australia. Our secondary objective was to provide an overview of current research in the highest priority areas identified.

Date:
September 2020
Journal name:
International Journal of Population Science
Authors:
Amy Finlay-Jones Martyn Symons Tracey Tsang Narelle Mullan Heather Jones Anne McKenzie Tracy Teibel Lisa Cannon Bidgette Birda Neil Reynolds Paula Sargent Helen Gailes Dianne Mayers Elizabeth Elliott Carol Bower
Page last updated 1 December 2020

The objective of this study published in 2020 was to test the associations between maternal prenatal alcohol and tobacco exposures and depressive symptoms in the offspring, adjusting for a wide range of potential confounders.

Date:
October 2020
Journal name:
Journal of Affective Disorders
Authors:
Duko B Pereira G Betts K Tait RJ Newnham J Alati R
Page last updated 1 December 2020