Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a significant public health issue in Australia that is poorly diagnosed, chronic and costly. FASD is a diffuse acquired brain injury secondary to prenatal alcohol exposure. The prevalence rate of FASD among the general population in Australia is currently unknown; however, an Australian study in a selected high‐risk population reported some of the highest rates of FASD in the world. A common misconception among clinicians is that a child must have ‘the face’ of FASD to have the disorder. This is incorrect.
Publication: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Authors: Shelton, D, Reid, Till, H, Butel, F, Moritz, K