Welcome to FASD Tasmania. Our MISSION is a commitment to creating an informed and inclusive Tasmanian community through collaborative partnerships and by empowering our community to understand FASD. Our VISION is to create an informed and inclusive Tasmanian community in respect to FASD underpinned with the VALUES of Commitment, Integrity, Collaborative, Empowering, Evolving

Annual Report 2017-18

Constitution of FASD Tasmania

We acknowledge and pay our respect to the traditional custodians of the land and waters on which I work and live and to the Elders past, present and emerging.

We acknowledge the varied national and international sources of resources posted on this website.

WHAT IS FASD?

FASD describes neurodevelopmental difficulties (memory, information processing, judgment, physical activities, planning and follow through) and physical abnormalities and that may result from alcohol exposure before birth.

In Australia, over 250,000 births occur each year and with 50 per cent of pregnancies proposed to be unplanned and as many as 60% of women consuming some amount of alcohol from the time of conception to confirmation of pregnancy, the risk of adverse fetal outcomes and neurodevelopmental impairment is very real. If US estimates are applied, (midpoint 3.6% of general population), more than 83,000 individuals could be affected and most will be undiagnosed. FASD has been estimated to affect 2.4% to 4.8% (midpoint, 3.6%) of the general population (May et al, 2014).[1] This year, a global estimate is predicted at 119,000 children born annually with fetal alcohol exposure (Popova et al 2017). [2]

[1] http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2014/10/21/peds.2013-3319

[2] Popova S. et al. (2017) ‘Estimation of national, regional, and global prevalence of alcohol use during pregnancy and fetal alcohol syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis.’ The Lancet Global Health.