Thank you for your interest in the information I?ve found.
The organization I told you about is NOFASARD [(Australian) National
Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and Related Disorders]. You
can reach them at http://users.chariot.net.au/~miers/ ; or else typing
http://nofasard.org , you?ll be redirected to the former. The contact
persons are: Anne Russell and Sue Miers. Their email address for
Queensland is firstname.lastname@example.org , while for South Australia is
email@example.com . For the latter you also have postal address and
Postal: P.O. Box 323, Blackwood, South Australia, 5051
Phone: (mobile) 0418 854 947
Fax: +61 8 8278 5092
At their website you?ll have access to the following documents:
1.- ?Report on the Yukon 2002 Prairie Northern Conference
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in
Australia Prepared for the The Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation
In this particular report, from page 24 to 35 there is a description
of the situation of ?FASd in Australia?, including the titles:
Australian Drinking Statistics, Alcohol & Pregnancy Education,
Incidence of FASd, Diagnosing Issues, Intervention Issues, Australian
FASd Initiatives. The last one, starting at page 29 through 34,
describes the following initiatives:
NOFASARD: its inception, development and activities.
The Fitzgerald Report: a description of the effects of maternal
alcohol consumption on the newborn, and recommendations for
Apunipima Cape York Health Council: a health literacy program which
addressed Foetal Alcohol Syndrome in
Cape York Aboriginal Communities Paediatric Outreach
Program: which involves the diagnosis and management of babies born
with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome in Aboriginal communities in Cape York,
far North Queensland.
Department of Health & Community Services, NT: provides ?education
into schools and into health workers? programs as well as awareness
raising and provision of information to medical professionals?.
The Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit: has recently commenced a
study to determine the incidence of FAS.
The Australian Medical Association: responsibility of producers and
retailers of alcoholic to ensure that
consumers of alcohol are fully aware of the alcoholic content of
beverages and the potential harmful effects.
National FAS Workshop: held in May 2002 with about 30 invited
delegates from all over Australia.
House of Representatives Inquiry: into "The Social &
Economic Cost of Substance Abuse in Australian ommunities.?
South Australian FAS Task Force: appropriate health promotion
approaches to alcohol & pregnancy, and early identification of
children who may be affected by alcohol
exposure before birth.
The Aboriginal Drug & Alcohol Council (SA): ?In 1997 The South
Australian Drug & Alcohol Council developed a FAS training package for
Aboriginal health workers. They have also developed ?Drugs In
Pregnancy? pamphlets and posters that address the issue of alcohol in
pregnancy. They participated in the South Australian FAS Task Force
and the National FAS Workshop.?
The Walpole Study: ?Dr. Ian Walpole, a Consultant Geneticist in
Western Australia, has undertaken one of the very few Australian
studies about the effects of NATIONAL ORGANISATION FOR FOETAL ALCOHOL
SYNDROME AND RELATED DISORDERS alcohol in pregnancy. Walpole?s study
has been cited by many Australian health professionals, policy makers
and other professionals as indicating that there is no reason to alarm
women or to be concerned about moderate drinking during pregnancy. His
study has been refuted by a number of overseas researchers. Canadian
author Ms Bonnie Buxton, while researching for a new book on FAS soon
to be published, sent copies of the three Walpole reports to four
North American medical professionals, highly experienced in both FASd
research and diagnosis. Their comments were requested, and all bluntly
condemned Walpole?s methodology and conclusions. (see Addendum VII)?
2.- Foetal Alcohol Syndrome in South Australia and a report on the
1999 Prairie Province Conference on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Sue Miers - October 1999
3.- Alcohol and Pregnancy Brochure
4.- Foetal Alcohol Syndrome - An Overview
5.- The Impact of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders on Drug and
Alcohol Addiction and Treatment
I hope you find this information useful. If I receive a reply to my
email from NOFASARD I?ll post it as a clarification. Thank you very
much for this question that I?ve found more than interesting.