Vulnerable Children Series: FASD Assessment on 13 May at 12:30pm (AEST)

The focus of this web conference is on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Assessment.

Health professionals play a key role in effective prevention, diagnosis and management of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.  Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is the most preventable developmental disorder, yet it remains a significant threat to future generations of Australians health, well-being and contribution to society.

This realisation led the Gold Coast Hospital– Child Development Service to open the first dedicated publicly funded Australian FASD paediatric diagnostic clinic in 2014. Over the past 5 years the clinic has assessed over 300 children. Clients have come from many parts of Australia to progress through the comprehensive diagnostic service.

The demand for diagnostic assessment remains high and is currently beyond the scope of existing resources.

In addition to FASD clinical work, the Child Development Service has completed 13, 3-day diagnostic training workshops for health practitioners wanting to work in the FASD space.
To date over 400 Health Practitioners from around Australia and New Zealand have completed this training course, and this has led to the establishment of multiple other centres across Australia.

The service, in collaboration with university partners,  has attracted approximately $5M in competitive grant funding. 

The Yapatjarrathati Project(link is external), which is part funded by FASD Diagnostic Services, is a culturally-sensitive, structured yet flexible solution to assessing child neurodevelopment in remote Australian communities, using primary care as the home point of coordination.

Neurodevelopmental assessments can take up to 2 days, and often involve multidisciplinary teams from urban specialist centres, with waitlists of up to 3 years.
The team uses Rapid Neurodevelopmental Assessment (RNDA) to provide a quick overview of a child's abilities across 9 neurodevelopmental domains - which helps identify children with the most severe symptoms, starting these children on an early pathway of support.

About the presenters:

A/Prof Doug Shelton (Eminent Staff Specialist, Churchill Fellow, Director of Community Child Health, Women's, Newborn's & Children's Division),  has a particular interest optimising the development of children so they can achieve their potential across the lifecourse. He continues to pursue a number of professional interests including  establishing services for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. 

Dr Marjad Page, Rural Generalist, and Proud Kalkadoon, Waanyi, Ganggalidda Christian man.

A/Prof Dianne Shanley (School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University) is a clinical psychologist and the co-lead of the Changing HEalth SystemS (CHESS) research group within the Menzies Health Institute of Queensland at Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus.
Her research interests involve co-design, implementation science, health service utilization and evaluation, access to health services, and evidence based practice in the assessment and treatment of child mental health problems.

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