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Aotearoa (New Zealand) has embarked on its own version of the ground-breaking Banksia Hill study led by Telethon Kids Institute, expanding the project to include children in government care as well as those involved in the youth justice system.

Spurred by the Banksia Hill experience, the three-year, $1.4 million project will seek to establish FASD prevalence in the youth justice system and better understand the care needs of children living with FASD who are involved with the country’s Ministry for Children.

The research team will include Telethon Kids and Perth Children’s Hospital researcher and paediatrician, Clinical Associate Professor Raewyn Mutch – a Kāi Tahu First Nations scholar who was also a chief investigator on the Banksia Hill team. The project team will work with youth justice staff, FASD experts, carers, and Whānau (extended family) of young people diagnosed with FASD to codesign specialised services, clinical practice guidelines, and workforce training resources.