Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a completely preventable disorder caused by prenatal alcohol exposure.
FASD is the leading preventable cause of learning, behavioural, and developmental disability in Australia. Early intervention services can improve a child’s development as there is no cure for FASD and its effects are irreversible.
Education for expectant mothers is the best way to combat FASD especially in remote communities where access to healthcare is limited.
There is little research on the prevalence of FASD in Australia due to many factors including:
- a lack of routine assessment and screening for maternal alcohol use and FASD
- previous lack of national diagnostic criteria
- insufficient data
- lack of awareness of the full spectrum of disorders in FASD.
To learn more about FASD, visit the NoFASD Australia website.