In 2011 the Foundation announced a new multi-pronged program aimed at reducing the impact of alcohol-related birth defects. This work complements the Government’s study into assessing the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and its impact on the health service needs of children and their families in Fitzroy Valley, WA.
FASD conditions are the most common, preventable cause of disabilities and brain damage in children, triggered by exposure to alcohol during pregnancy. The Foundation’s investment of over $500,000 will see seven projects across Australia shed light on this under reported area. Projects funded include:
Further information on FASD research and projects that have been commissioned in the past can be found in the research library.
The Foundation is working with governments, community organisations, and researchers to develop policy and advocacy strategies to address some of the gaps in FASD research and practice. More information on the policy work that we are currently undertaking to improve the prevention of FASD and service delivery options for people with FASD is available here.