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FASD Screening and Diagnostic Instrument

Australian Collaboration Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders: Development of a Screening and Diagnostic Instrument for Australia (FASD Project)

A new collaboration has been formed to develop a screening and diagnostic tool for Australian children and adolescents with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

The collaboration brings together clinicians, epidemiologists, policy makers, parents and carers, consumer advocates, researchers and public health personnel. The project is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.

Study leaders Clinical Professor Carol Bower from Perth's Telethon Institute for Child Health Research and Professor Elizabeth Elliott AM from the University of Sydney said the lack of a nationally accepted and consistent screening and diagnostic tool meant many cases of FASD are likely to have been missed. Also, a lack of a standardised approach means that is difficult to compare Australian data with data from elsewhere.

"We know that good quality data is an important step in getting better treatment and services for children and families affected by these disorders," Professors Bower and Elliot said.

Details on the project can be found at ichr.uwa.edu.au/fasdproject and a newsletter is available here.

If you would like further information on the FASD Project please contact the FASD Project Manager, Ms Heather Jones via phone 08 9489 7724 or email hjones [at] ichr [dot] uwa [dot] edu.au

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