Friday, 8 June 2012

Addressing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Australia,

The National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) has released its position paper, Addressing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Australia, which calls on government and health services to implement several recommendations to combat the preventable condition, and to support sufferers and their families.

It suggests implementing broad ranging social marketing campaigns to raise awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and the risks to the fetus or baby if the mother consumes alcohol while pregnant and breastfeeding. It is also recommends supporting health professionals and services through the development of national policy and clinical practice guidelines, as well as workforce development and training.

Press release

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