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Establishing the FASD CQ Alliance

In 2017, Community Solutions colleagues and former co-chairs, Julie Irwin - National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) and Menessia Nagie - Project Officer (NDCO Program) identified an opportunity to gather like-minded people/organisations to collaborate and deliver a FASD Symposium in Central Queensland. The FASD Symposium partnership model was the catalyst for the establishment of the FASD CQ Alliance. The goal was for the FASD CQ Alliance to take a community-led strategic approach to address FASD across Central Queensland with the aim of improving the lives of those with FASD and bringing awareness of FASD to all Central Queenslanders.


Partnerships have been key to the success in establishing the FASD CQ Alliance and its ongoing activities.  The commitment and dedication of the members of the FASD CQ Alliance has made a positive impact locally and increased our linkages across Australia with key FASD organisations and experts in the field.  The FASD Symposium was made possible by the partnership and contributions of partner organisations.

Business meeting

FASD CQ Alliance Chair & Membership

FASD CQ Alliance - Current
  • Chair - Julie Irwin - FASD Awareness Advocate, President - Every Child CQ 

  • Assistant Chair - Friederike McCartney - FASD Awareness Advocate - CQHHS, Board Secretary - EveryChildCQ 

  • Bidgerdii Community Health Service CEO

  • Central Queensland Indigenous Development (CQID) – Suzi Blair;

  • CQ University - Adjunct Professor Denise Wood (Pro Vice Chancellor USC);

  • Darumbal Elders:  Aunty Priscilla Iles, Aunty Elaine Williams, Aunty Judith Tatow.

  • Menessia Nagie - FASD Awareness Advocate

  • Private Clinical Professionals - Mandy Dexter, Dr Ken O’Brien, Loretta George;

  • PHN Central Queensland - MHAOD Coordinator;

  • CQ Hospital & Health Service – Psychologist - Professional Development Coordinator - Christian Meish;

  • Yoonthalla Community Health Service – Woorabinda – Petulia Stokes

  • Darumbal Community Youth Services – CEO

  • Human Rights Commission of Queensland – Regional Manager – Ben Cooke

  • Wadja Wadja High School Board

  • Womens Health Centre Rockhampton 


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