Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

55m of CPD
Anne Heath
20 Jun 2017

This Course will provide an overview of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, firstly looking at prevention. If we know what FASD is and what to look for, we can better screen for it to prevent it. As there is a new diagnosis process in Australia, the characteristics associated with FASD diagnosis will be discussed. Finally, intervention principles will be addressed, along with practical tips that you can apply to decrease the risk of a FASD birth, or to support those who have lived experience of FASD and/or their significant others.


Use knowledge of the effects of alcohol on the developing foetus to educate women of childbearing age on the issue of FASD


Identify individuals at risk of FASD through screening and assessing infants, children, adolescents, and adults for FASD and other prenatal alcohol-related disorders


Identify ethical, legal and political issues related to FASD that may be barriers to the implementation of interventions for those who are affected by this condition


Anne Heath

Anne Heath is the Executive Director of Education for NOFASD Australia. She is based in Tasmania and travels nationally to deliver FASD training to organisations, parents/carers, and the community. She has an extensive background in community services (disability, drug and alcohol, youth work, mental health, and homelessness) and has multiple qualifications including a Master of Education. In addition to part time work with NOFASD Australia, Anne is also a lecturer and tutor in the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Tasmania. Her teaching specialties are: developmental psychology, human resource management, project management, and quality improvement. She currently teaches human development to undergraduate teaching students, and project management and quality evaluation to post-graduate nursing students. Anne is passionate about raising awareness of FASD, and articulating the importance of early diagnosis to ensure those who will live with FASD receive timely support to enable a better quality of life.


Danaya Fitzsimmons17 Sep 2018

Linda Pye03 Sep 2018
the educator was informative and the topic interesting

Jane Rodgers24 Aug 2018
Good course for both midwives and nurses alike to understand what alcohol can do

I found this resource very informative and invaluable, simple and reflective. I feel it is a course that would answer questions for anyone seeking information about FASD, without being over complicated. the course reiterates the need for a multi-disciplinary team to educate, assess, diagnose and support those with FASD 7 their caregivers/families, and to prevent it happening in the first instance through education.

Rennea Donaldson20 Jun 2018
A great resource highlighting the importance of educating women about the impact of VASD.

carin newman15 Jun 2018
The educator was excellent.

Kristie-Lee Perrott31 May 2018
source of knowledge

Linda Paul29 May 2018
Important topic

Katherine Hepworth26 May 2018

rochelle mcbryde24 May 2018
Interesting and very informed. Very easy to understand

Joanne Holloway20 May 2018
Very informative Lecture.

Georgia Jones20 May 2018
This resource was informative and easy to follow.

Werner Cossid12 May 2018

Adrienne Hokin10 May 2018
It was helpful and important information. The myth that a little alcohol is ok has been proved wrong.

Lourdes Ingebrigtsen09 May 2018
The educator is excellent. I am refreshed and learned more about the topic presented.

Judy Applegarth05 May 2018
Defintley worthwhile session.

Jenny313 Jenny31303 May 2018
This was easy to comprehend and great infomration

Susan Cynthia Barnes02 May 2018
Very informative

Lauren Bradshaw01 May 2018
Very good

Nida Deligero Lagunay30 Apr 2018
A very useful material.

Ranilo Martinez30 Apr 2018
Very informative.

Lynette Bradley17 Apr 2018
Very informative

Jennifer Unicomb17 Apr 2018
Informative and well presented

Margaret Jean (JEANNIE) Minnis09 Apr 2018
This is a very interesting, informative and well researched presentation. I would like to see it form part of the curriculum in all health and welfare education courses. Police, childcare workers and school teachers would find this course invaluable.

Terry Dunne09 Apr 2018
the presenter was clear and articulated her presentation well, but was very monotone

TARYN Mansfield07 Apr 2018
Eduacational and easy to learn

Andrew Markula07 Apr 2018
Very good

Leah Lochhead26 Mar 2018
nice overview

Caitlin Connell13 Mar 2018

Meryl Gay01 Mar 2018
The Educators presentation was clear, to the point. I would recommend this to all health professionals awareness in their day to day contact with clients as early detection and intervention in the prevention of FASD.

daniel kan26 Feb 2018
very interesting .

Kym Tyler26 Feb 2018
Great Learning

Susan Vonhoff26 Feb 2018
Very informative.

Karen Behm25 Feb 2018
This was a very interesting and eye opening lecture. It was well presented and clearly presented.

Sue petitt23 Feb 2018
Very goodbthe educator was engaging very informative we are lucky that people exist like her who takes the time to make a difference so people can make better decision sincere thanks

Maria De Groot23 Feb 2018
The information was very enlightening and has improved the gap I had regarding this issue, I however found it very annoying that the recording had a glitch and would repeat the same sentence 3 or 4 times

Heather Lee23 Feb 2018
I really enjoyed the resource and will be recommending to other peers.

Citti Taranto21 Feb 2018
Alcohol is a toxin. It interrupts the normal development of the fetus. including the brain and other organs. Alcohol crosses the placenta, the baby is exposed to the same blood level of alcohol as the mother. Because the liver is not fully formed the fetus cannot process the alcohol and may have the same blood alcohol content or higher than the mother and it remains at that level longer.

Katrina Johnson21 Feb 2018
Truly fascinating module covering a great deal of information I was not aware of.

Ann May McPherson20 Feb 2018
Very clear good presentation

Rhonda Graham17 Feb 2018
I found this topic very interesting and the presenter easy to listen to as well. Thank you Anne

Denise Whittaker14 Feb 2018
Very educational Topic.

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • What is FASD?
  • Screening and diagnosis
  • Interventions and support

Target audience

Health professionals who care for women of childbearing age who may be at risk of drinking during pregnancy, and who may care for children and/or adults who have a diagnosis of FASD.


Enhance awareness and information regarding fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), in order to ensure health professionals are able to provide assistance and support to those affected by FASD.


Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is easily undetected or misdiagnosed, and as such there is a lack of understanding of FASD by health professionals. Those experiencing FASD may present with 'problem' behaviours, in the absence of biomarkers, which can result in assumptions about the individual rather than support for a condition which results from physical brain-based abnormalities. The prevalence of FASD is difficult to determine due to the fact there is no requirement to count or report FASD. Additionally, alcohol use in pregnancy is not routinely screened for. However, the prevalence is estimated to range from 2-7 per 1,000 births in mainstream populations. Exposure to alcohol in the uterus is the most common preventable cause of birth defects. Yet of the estimated 395,000 Australian women who were pregnant in the year 2010, 51% reported drinking alcohol during pregnancy, with 1 in 4 continuing to drink even once they knew they were pregnant.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.