Marulu Strategy - Making FASD History!

Health Professionals

Pregnant mothers usually rely on the advice from health professionals in the early stages in their pregnancy. This provides health professionals with a key opportunity to prevent FASD by providing the message that not drinking alcohol is the safest option for pregnant women and women planning a pregnancy.

It is vital that health professionals are trained in recognising the impacts of alcohol consumption during pregnancy as well understanding the importance of discussing alcohol consumption during patient consultations. There are a range of resources below to assist you in assessment, diagnosis and ongoing support of families living with FASD.

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 FASD Diagnosis

When diagnosing FASD doctors and health professionals may look for:

  • Sentinel facial features including a thin upper lip, a smooth philtrum, the groove between the upper lip and the nose, as well as small eye openings.
  • Lower-than-average height, weight, or both
  • Small head size
  • Concentration problems and hyperactivity
  • Poor coordination and
  • Prenatal alcohol exposure
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    Australian FASD Diagnostic Instrument

    The FASD Diagnostic Instrument was released in 2016 with a Guide and the online eLearning modules to support clinicians to make a FASD diagnosis using the national standardised diagnostic criteria and provide the foundation to improve rates of diagnoses of FASD in Australia.

    The Guide includes:

    • forms and assessment resources
    • referral and screening guidelines and 
    • information sheets

    The eLearning modules include:

    • Module 1: What is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder?
    • Module 2: Alcohol use in pregnancy
    • Module 3: Conducting a diagnostic assessment (includes 3 sub modules)
    • Module 4: Referral and screening guidelines for FASD
    • Module 5: Support and intervention after diagnosis
    Australian Guide to the diagnosis of FASD

    Australian Guide to the Diagnosis of FASD

    The Australian Guide to the Diagnosis of FASD was released in 2016 to assist clinicians in the diagnosis, referral and management of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). It contains:

    • the Australian FASD Diagnostic Instrument
    • information about how to use the instrument
    • diagnostic criteria for FASD, which were agreed following a review of existing guidelines and consultation with clinical experts
    • assessment of Sentinel Facial Features
    • printable assessment forms
    • consent forms
    • information sheets
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    No FASD resources

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    Telethon Kids Institute resources

    View the Health Resources page to view:

    • links to eLearning modules 
    • videos
    • brochures and
    • statistics
    What women want to know

    Women want to know project resources

    View the Australian Government Department of Health Women Want to know project resources:

    • online eLearning courses
    • brochures
    • videos and 
    • governance 

    View all 8 Women Want to Know videos

    Government of WA

    Government of WA - Drug and Alcohol Office resources

    View the Health Professionals page to view:

    • fact sheets
    • resources
    • clinical guidelines and policies
    • best practice indicators
    • regulatory requirements and 
    • resources for working with aboriginal people

    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Model of Care resource and website have been developed  to prioritise the use of prevention strategies to reduce the prevalence of FASD.

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    The FASD handbook for health professionals

    This Handbook provides a range of fact sheets, information and strategies relating to FASD for Health Professionals.