About the 2nd Australasian FASD Conference 2018

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a term for severe impairments of the growth and development of the brain or central nervous system (this may include difficulties with physical activities, language, memory, learning and behaviour) that result from brain damage caused by alcohol exposure before birth.  In countries where alcohol is consumed, FASD is a disability that can be prevented, it is important that everyone is aware of the harm that can be caused by alcohol on the developing baby. Unfortunately, FASD impairments may lead to secondary disabilities including issues with learning, misuse of alcohol or drugs, mental illness, and contact with the justice system.

Your conference host is the FASD Research Australia Centre of Research Excellence that was established by leaders in FASD research in Australia with funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (2016-2020). FASD Research Australia aims to promote strong collaboration between researchers working in this field and translate findings into the professional and community settings.

The 1st Australasian FASD Conference (Brisbane 2013) built strong partnerships and there have been significant resources committed, research undertaken and changes in service delivery over the past five years. The 2nd Australasian FASD Conference will once again bring together those who have a strong interest in the topic and the hope is to widen our delegate list to include academics, health professionals, educators, lawyers, politicians, parents & carers, those who support parent & carers as well as individuals who have FASD. Topics to be covered at the conference will include prevention, screening & diagnosis, epigenetics, education, justice, parent & carer support, management strategies, life-span issues, mental health and economics.

Participants of FASD2018 can expect to:

  • advance their understanding of all aspects of FASD;
  • improve knowledge about the Australian Guide to the Diagnosis of FASD;
  • learn about different models of care through the life course;
  • engage in meaningful exchange of ideas through focused workshops;
  • benefit from networking opportunities with peers and others with professional interest in FASD.