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Digital assessment of the sentinel facial features phenotype: reliability and agreement study


  • There are no validated normative data for assessing the sentinel facial features phenotype in Australian Aboriginal cohorts.
  • The application of different PFL norms and Lip-Philtrum Guides in Australian aboriginal children has not been examined.
  • Digital assessment of the FAS facial phenotype is more accurate than direct measures but has not been examined in an Aboriginal cohort.


  • The African American Lip-Philtrum Guide and Caucasian (Strömland) PFL norms are the best fit for use in Australian Aboriginal children.
  • Digital assessment of the sentinel facial features phenotype in an Australian Aboriginal child population demonstrated substantial inter- and intra-rater reliability
  • The agreement between direct and digital assessment methods was moderate


  • Researchers have started collaborating with the CRC for Spatial Information (CRCSI) to facilitate Identify and implement engagement activities with the Westmead Hospital FASD clinic and other clinicians through the FASD CRE to increase the uptake/utilisation of the Cliniface platform (a 3D facial image software product).

Project Partners: University of Sydney, Telethon Kids Institute

Project Funder: FASD Research Australia Centre of Research Excellence

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Dr Tracey Tsang

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