Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

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.

20 Jun 2017

Learning Outcomes


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



Very informative -- 17 Apr 2018
Informative and well presented -- 17 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. -- 09 Apr 2018
the presenter was clear and articulated her presentation well, but was very monotone -- 09 Apr 2018
Eduacational and easy to learn -- 07 Apr 2018
Very good -- 07 Apr 2018
nice overview -- 26 Mar 2018
N/A -- 13 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. -- 01 Mar 2018
very interesting . -- 26 Feb 2018
Great Learning -- 26 Feb 2018
Very informative. -- 26 Feb 2018
This was a very interesting and eye opening lecture. It was well presented and clearly presented. -- 25 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 -- 23 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 -- 23 Feb 2018
I really enjoyed the resource and will be recommending to other peers. -- 23 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. -- 21 Feb 2018
Truly fascinating module covering a great deal of information I was not aware of. -- 21 Feb 2018
Very clear good presentation -- 20 Feb 2018
I found this topic very interesting and the presenter easy to listen to as well. Thank you Anne -- 17 Feb 2018
Very educational Topic. -- 14 Feb 2018

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.