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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) within the Criminal Justice Sector in Queensland



This research aimed to survey the knowledge, attitudes, practices and training deficits within Queensland criminal justice agencies in regard to Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Judges, magistrates and legal professionals in Queensland were surveyed to determine their awareness and understanding of FASD. The survey also covered the impact that FASD has on their practice as well and their information and training needs.

The research found that there were no specific policies or approaches to FASD in either profession; that there is an urgent need for FASD information to be made available to those working in this sector, and for policies to be developed on how to change practice when working with a person who has FASD.

Abstract adapted from Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education


Professor Heather Douglas
T. C. Beirne School of Law
University of Queensland
Ph: (07) 3365 6605

Dr Jan Hammill
Centre for Clinical Research
University of Queensland
Ph: (07) 3162 3533

Related publications

Douglas H, Hammill J, Hall W, Russell E (2013)

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) within the criminal justice sector in Queensland.

Brisbane: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education


Last updated: 7 November 2017
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