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The findings of this research ‘stress the importance of improved government and school policy which respond positively to the complex learning needs of students presenting with FASD. An inclusive framework of policy, practice and actions for educational professionals working with FASD students is proposed.’  It should be expected that Australian educational professionals struggle to be equipped with appropriate knowledge and skills, access to national professional learning programs and the resources to ensure they are able to teach students with FASD successfully. For these reasons, understanding individual student’s unique strengths, learning styles, learning difficulties and challenges, along with each student’s particular life circumstances and experiences, is crucial so that teachers are able to provide a positive, safe and academically challenging educational experience for Australian students presenting with FASD.’ 


Basaraba, D (2016) FASD: From Isolation to Inclusion in Australian Schools, Deakin University, Victoria.


'On a practical level, the findings of this study provide tips for college instructors on how to work with students who have FASD and three factors to consider when selecting a postsecondary program for an individual with this disability. These findings have not been previously reported in the literature. Additionally, this study adds to the body of work that calls for the medical profession to become better informed about the symptoms of FASD, including the secondary disability of mental illness explain this service in more detail.' 

Duguette Shari, C. (2013) Postsecondary Educational Experiences Of Adults With Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, International Journal Of Special Education Vol 28, No: 3. 2013

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New Zealand Study

"This recent study is the first to systematically synthesize knowledge, attitudes, and practices toward FASD across different sectors. Poor knowledge and insufficient training were common. Knowledge, attitudes, and practices about FASD have been surveyed extensively in the healthcare setting, but surveys are more limited outside of this setting. Continuous surveillance is needed to identify and respond to knowledge gaps and changes in practice." (J McCormack et al, 2022)

Australian FASD Organisations


NOFASD Australia is a family-focused organisaton and is the essential bridge linking those with lived experience to researchers and clinicians.


The Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association (rffada) are dedicated to FASD prevention, diagnostic services, support and multidisciplinary management planning in Australia ensuring that parents and caregivers are supported with a “no blame no shame” ethos.


The FASD Hub Australia provides information on FASD for Australian health professionals, other professionals (including for justice, education, child protection and disability services), parents and carers, researchers and policy makers.


To prevent and minimise the harm caused by alcohol and other drugs in Australia.

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FASD Consultants represent a national group of people who share a common interest in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder prevention; offering education, training and support at affordable rates.

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The Telethon Kids Institute is based within the Perth Children’s Hospital.  Our researchers work with families, communities and stakeholders across Western Australia to help prevent FASD and to benefit people with FASD and their families.

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