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Workshop: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder a whole of community response

Workshop: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder a whole of community response

If Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a whole of community issue, then what would a whole of community response look like. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have led the way in addressing FASD in our communities. Is it time that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men had a stronger role to support the valuable work and leadership by our women in FASD? This question will be workshopped, and a set of recommendations developed for possible adoption as a Conference statement.

There will be a 20-25min presentation to commence the workshop. Williams will present on stories from her research with Noongar Grandmothers, Aunties and families and then outline challenges for raising children with FASD. Mr Perry will present on Cultural considerations needed when working with Aboriginal men around FASD and their role as fathers, grandfathers and uncles. Hamilton will present on her research about FASD and justice-involved youth, their caregivers and professional supports, and will discuss the potential for developing culturally-relevant screening tools and institutional responses to FASD. Doyle will discuss implications and some of the unknowns for adults living with FASD.

Discussion groups will then explore a range of topics including:

  • Grandmothers and family
  • Fathers and children
  • Youth and family
  • Adults with FASD

Draft recommendation/s will be developed from this session and carried through to the resolutions for the conference.