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CPD45m of CPD
Total Rating(s)28
First Published
Updated26 June 2019
Expires 23 November 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Course will provide an overview of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Start this Course now to discover the keys to prevention, screening, diagnosis and support.

  • What is FASD?
  • How is FASD diagnosed?
  • What interventions and support are available for health professionals?

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is easily undetected or misdiagnosed. As such, there is a lack of understanding of FASD by health professionals.

There is a timely need for education to address the keys to prevention, screening, diagnosis and support outcomes for children and families affected by FASD.


The purpose of this Course is to enhance awareness and information regarding fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), in order to ensure registered nurses and other health professionals are able to provide assistance and support to those affected by FASD.

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.
Target Audience

This Course is relevant to registered nurses and other 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.


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.


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Anne Heath

Dr Anne Heath is a Lecturer at the University of Tasmania in the School of Nursing (College of Health and Medicine), and in the University College. She was formerly the Executive Director of Education for NOFASD Australia, travelling nationally to deliver FASD training to organisations, parents/carers, and the community. She continues her involvement with NOFASD Australia through membership on their Board of Management and has an extensive background in community services (disability, drug and alcohol, youth work, mental health, and homelessness). Her teaching specialities are applied health and community support, developmental psychology, human resource management, project management, and quality improvement. Anne currently enjoys lecturing and consulting in a range of capacities, and is passionate about raising awareness of FASD at every opportunity. Particularly focussing on articulating the importance of early diagnosis to ensure those who will live with FASD receive timely support to enable a better quality of life. See Educator Profile

CPD45m of CPD
Total Rating(s)28
First Published
Updated26 June 2019
Expires 23 November 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Women's Health
Preventative Health
Cognitive Impairment
Maternal and Child Health
Reproductive Health
Mental Health
Addiction and Substance Abuse
Developmental Disorders
Learning Tools
Content Integrity

Learner Reviews

28 Total Rating(s)
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Victoria Goodes
26 Oct 2019

Very helpful resource

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Melanie Frahn
26 Sep 2019

Gives a general overview of FASD, causes, diagnosis, signs and symptoms. Also provides a basic knowledge of how someone with FASD presents and communicates.

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Emily Daye
23 Sep 2019

An important resource for healthcare professionals to ensure that they pass on the message that there is no safe alcohol level during pregnancy.

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Amy Woollams
10 Sep 2019


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Megan O’Brien
09 Sep 2019

Very informative and interesting

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Francis Smith
02 Sep 2019

This providede me with a better understanding of the complexities of FASD ,causes and prevention, and skills necessary to assist those presenting with this condition. It has provided resources network channels to necessray pathways in the Health Care system or Allied services available within the community

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Rebekah Carter
26 Aug 2019

Really interesting and easy to follow. I learnt a lot of new information and it was presented well.

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Gail Sawyer
25 Aug 2019

The educator was very easy to listen to and the topic was very well presented

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Tracey Scriha
21 Aug 2019

Highly educational. There is culture surrounding alcohol consumption in Australia. Alcohol is seen as a harmless drug but it has major health affects on the human body especially during pregnancy

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Clare Liew
06 Aug 2019

very well done, very clear