Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: help make a difference

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition associated with prenatal alcohol exposure. It’s currently under-recognised in Australia, and in Queensland specifically, there are very limited services for children, young people and their families.

Given Australia’s culture of drinking, it’s likely we have very high rates of FASD. However, no research has been conducted locally to understand the prevalence of FASD within our general population.

International research has found the prevalence of FASD in children in the general population is 7.7 per 1000, and that prevalence is 10 to 40 times higher in settings such as child protection and youth justice.

The University of Queensland Neurodevelopmental Clinic is run by researchers, clinicians and student volunteers from the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences.

The Clinic embraces a ‘No Blame, No Shame’ approach for families accessing their vital services, and provides all assessments and support free of charge.

Help make a difference to those living with FASD.

By making a tax-deductible donation to UQ’s Neurodevelopmental Clinic you help improve the lives of families living with FASD, and keep our services free and accessible to those in need. Donate here

UQ would like to thank mother and daughter, Geraldine and Lola, who recently attended our clinic, for generously sharing their story in this video to help raise awareness of FASD.


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