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FASD Conference 2013

Conference spotlights the political and policy challenges involved in tackling Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

In her final report from this week’s Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) conference in Brisbane, Mardi Chapman examines some of the political and policy challenges ahead. She also profiles some creative responses to FASD from Indigenous communities, including the beautifully presented and engaging book, Children of the Grog. *** 30 years on: is the timing finally […]

To improve children's lives, Australia must act on alcohol marketing, pricing and availability

A clear message from this week’s Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) conference in Brisbane is the need for population-based strategies to tackle alcohol availability, marketing and pricing. And perhaps the rest of Australia could learn from community-driven initiatives at Fitzroy Crossing, suggests journalist Mardi Chapman. Mardi Chapman reports: In the 20th century Australia’s economy was described […]

"The alcohol industry carries a heavy burden of responsibility for FASD" - and other conference news

The challenges for prevention, for refugee communities and for the justice system were among the topics of discussion at the Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) conference in Brisbane yesterday. Journalist Mardi Chapman filed these reports from the conference. FASD compounds difficulties for refugee families  In addition to so many other challenges, refugee communities in Australia are also […]

Petition launched to recognise Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders as a disability

In the article below, journalist Mardi Chapman previews the Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) conference, which began in Brisbane today. And in the second article, Scott Wilson, Director of the SA Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council, reflects on the progress that hasn’t been made in Australia since he attended the 2nd International FASD conference in […]

Some timely tips for journalists and others reporting on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

The Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) conference in Brisbane this week is likely to attract widespread media interest. Recognising that media coverage can have both helpful and harmful consequences, Associate Professor Jane Latimer from the George Institute for Global Health has some advice for journalists covering FASD. She was interviewed for the article below by […]