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FASD prevention project underway in regional cities

Date posted: 4 October 2017

A multi-million dollar project aiming to raise awareness and prevent cases of Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) will be rolled out in two regional Australian locations.

A consortium led by Telethon Kids Institute has secured $2.7 million in Federal funding for the Make FASD History program. The two communities that are the focus of the prevention and support program are Newcastle in New South Wales, and Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.

The Marulu Strategy, a ten year plan to tackle FASD, was developed as the result of another FASD prevention project in the remote Western Australian town of Fitzroy Crossing. This same strategy will be used to guide the development of the new project in Newcastle and Alice Springs.

In Newcastle, the city's Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) is expected to be involved in rolling out the project. 'The challenge, but also opportunity, [with FASD] is to reach a situation where Newcastle can again become an exemplar for the rest of the country,' said Chairperson of the Newcastle LDAT, Tony Brown. 'In a very practical sense, what we're aiming to do is focus on the three streams of FASD prevention. The first is awareness and prevention, the second is diagnosis and treatment, and the third is life-long support to those people who already have FASD.'

Source: ABC

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Last updated: 4 October 2017
 
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