9 September is FASD day – a good time to remind pregnant women and all the community that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). A child born with FASD may have a range of problems including physical defects and a life-long challenge with learning, behaviour, memory, language, communication and everyday living.
The disabilities associated with FASD are permanent and preventable.
Go to http://www.alcohol.gov.au/internet/alcohol/publishing.nsf/Content/wwtk for Women Want to Know brochures, videos and e-learning courses which encourage health professionals to routinely discuss alcohol and pregnancy with women and to provide advice that is consistent with the NHMRC Guidelines.
For Aboriginal Stay Strong and Healthy FASD videos and resources for community and health professionals go to http://www.yourroom.com.au/aboriginal-resources/ and http://www.facebook.com/staystrongandhealthy