Leading researchers into the effects of alcohol in pregnancy have thrown their support behind the recommendations of a national Inquiry into Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
The Alcohol and Pregnancy research group at Perth's Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, a key driver in research into FASD, has welcomed today's report of the Inquiry conducted by The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs.
Professor Carol Bower says the recommendations are a significant step in ensuring the best start in life for our children by better educating the whole community that no alcohol during pregnancy is the safest choice.
Of particular interest to the Telethon Institute are the recommendations that focus on the rollout of new Australian diagnostic guidelines and services management strategy.
"It's hoped these recommendations will not only lead to a better awareness and diagnosis of FASD but also better monitoring and better collection of data" said Professor Bower.
"This work has already been started by researchers, with the Telethon Institute and University of Sydney working together to develop a method of diagnosing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Australia.
"If we can tie in our existing work and the recommendations of the Inquiry then we have the ability to really take giant steps forward in the early diagnosis, management and intervention of this serious disorder."
"Every one of the committee's recommendations is worthwhile and we encourage their implementation. This Inquiry has clearly put this issue into the national spotlight and we are hopeful it will continue to be a health priority for this nation."
For more information on the Inquiry and its recommendations go to; http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House_of_Representatives_Committees?url=spla/fasd/report.htm
Last updated: Friday, July 19, 2013