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Our researchers work with families, communities and stakeholders across Western Australia and have developed collaborations with researchers nationally and internationally to share and learn to help prevent FASD and to benefit people with FASD and their families.

  • We are working with communities in the Kimberley and Pilbara (WA), and in Alice Springs (NT) and Newcastle (NSW) to develop prevention strategies
  • As part of broader community strategies, our work has helped reduce rates of drinking alcohol during pregnancy in the Fitzroy Valley from 70% to 20%
  • We have developed guidelines to assist health professionals diagnose FASD and improve clinical practice
  • We are also working with health professionals and providing resources for them to increase their knowledge of the risks of alcohol use during pregnancy, and urging them to ask all women planning a pregnancy and who are pregnant about their alcohol use, record this information in a standardised tool such as Audit-C, provide information about the risks to women and refer them to services where required
  • We have developed a training program (Reframe) which was been delivered to 200+ participants including Youth Custodial Officers, Youth Justice Officers, Community Corrections Officers, Prisons Officers, Teachers, Aboriginal Welfare Officers, Psychologists, Case Planners, Chaplains, and Education Assistants.
  • We are also partnering with other organisations to change policies and practices relating to alcohol guidelines, advertising, labelling and licensing

Michael and Lina's story

"These two are so bright and happy, and they just want to be part of the family - just like everybody else."

Michael and Lina are children living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in Australia. Learn about their challenges and their successes when they have the right supports in place.

Professor Carol Bower

Shining a light on FASD

Professor Carol Bower

"I have always had an interest and passion for investigating causes and effects of birth defects and then using research findings to influence and evaluate public health policy and practice to help alleviate or prevent these defects.

"I was jolted into thinking about FASD, another potentially preventable birth defect, when the mother of a child with FASD contacted me in the late 1990s."

Dr Rebecca Pedruzzi

"My research involves reducing and preventing the impacts of prenatal alcohol exposure by aiming to understand what messages and campaigns create supportive environments for women so they can abstain from alcohol."

Dr Rebecca Pedruzzi

Working to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure

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