A Shorten Labor Government will implement a package of measures to tackle Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), drawing on expert advice and programs shown to deliver strong results.
FASD refers to a spectrum of conditions caused by exposure to alcohol while in the womb. Often not apparent until the child reaches school age, the impacts may be physical, developmental and/or neurobehavioral and are lifelong. FASD disproportionately affects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Labor’s $18.2 million package will provide specialist support services to pregnant women with alcohol-related disorders and implement the Australian FASD Diagnostic Instrument.
Labor will establish FASD diagnostic service clinics to conduct research into the best models for delivering care and to boost training for health professionals to increase their awareness of FASD.
In addition to this, Labor will develop strong community responses to FASD in remote and isolated communities, where the disorder is having a particularly harsh impact.