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This section provides recent reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for general publications relating to Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. References include journal articles, reports, theses, and other literature. To access our complete database please use our bibliography. 

2014

Dudgeon P, Milroy H, Walker R, eds. (2014)

Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practice.

Perth, WA: Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia

This book was developed as an information source for health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with social and emotional wellbeing issues. The book contains comprehensive and culturally appropriate information to educate and assist health professionals who work with Indigenous clients.

The book is divided into six parts:

  • history and contexts
  • issues and influences
  • standards, principles and practice
  • assessment and management
  • working with children, families and communities
  • healing models and programs.

Many of the book chapters were authored by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Indigenous artwork features throughout the book.

Telethon Kids Institute abstract

Astley SJ (2014)

Commentary on the Australian fetal alcohol spectrum disorder diagnostic guidelines.

BMC Pediatrics; 14: 85

Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2431-14-85

Astley SJ (2014)

Invited commentary on Australian fetal alcohol spectrum disorder diagnostic guidelines.

BMC Pediatrics; 14: 85

Retrieved 1 April 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2431-14-85

Australian Government Department of Health (2014)

Responding to the impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Australia: a Commonwealth action plan.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health

Callinan S, Ferris J (2014)

Trends in alcohol consumption during pregnancy in Australia, 2001–2010.

International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research; 3(1): 17-24

Elliot EJ (2014)

Australia plays ‘catch-up’ with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research; 3(1): 121-125

House Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs (2014)

Inquiry into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Retrieved 2014 from http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House_of_Representatives_Committees?url=indigenousaffairs/harmfulalcohol/subs.htm

On Thursday 13 February 2014 the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion, asked the House Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs to inquire into and report on the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities.

The main purpose of the Parliamentary Committees is to carry out investigations and report the findings of those investigations to the Parliament.

Accepted submissions are available from the information link below.

Abstract adapted from Parliament House of Australia

Kavanagh PS, Payne JS (2014)

Education, safe drinking practices and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpc.12615):

McBride N (2014)

Alcohol use during pregnancy: considerations for Australian policy.

Social Work in Public Health; 29(6): 540-548

Muggli E, O'Leary C, Forster D, Anderson P, Lewis S, Nagle C, Craig JM, Donath S, Elliott E, Halliday J (2014)

Study protocol: Asking QUestions about Alcohol in pregnancy (AQUA): a longitudinal cohort study of fetal effects of low to moderate alcohol exposure.

BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth; 14: 302

Retrieved 3 September 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2393-14-302

National Indigenous FASD resources project: snapshot for communities (2014)

National Drug Research Institute

This factsheet provides a summary of the National Indigenous Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) project for communities.

The factsheet covers:

  • the projects aims
  • how the project was conducted
  • information about consultations and the key findings
  • lessons learnt from the project
  • resources developed.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

National Indigenous FASD resources project: snapshot for health professionals (2014)

National Drug Research Institute

This factsheet provides a summary of the National Indigenous Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) project for health professionals working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care.

The factsheet covers:

  • how the project was conducted
  • a review of literature about FASD
  • information about the workforce development and evaluation components of the project
  • discussion of themes that emerged from the project
  • FASD PosterMaker resource development.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Passey ME, Sanson-Fisher RW, D’Este CA, Stirling JM (2014)

Tobacco, alcohol and cannabis use during pregnancy: clustering of risks.

Drug and Alcohol Dependence; 134(1): 44–50

Thomas DP, Stevens M (2014)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoke-free homes, 2002 to 2008.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 38(2): 147-153

Watkins RE, Elliott EJ, Wilkins A, Latimer J, Halliday J, Fitzpatrick JP, Mutch RC, O'Leary CM, Burns L, McKenzie A, Jones HM, Payne JM, D'Antoine H, Miers S, Russell E, Hayes L, Carter M, Bower C (2014)

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: development of consensus referral criteria for specialist diagnostic assessment in Australia.

BMC Pediatrics; 14: 178

Retrieved 8 July 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2431-14-178

2013

Douglas H, Hammill J, Hall W, Russell E (2013)

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) within the criminal justice sector in Queensland.

Brisbane: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

Duncan B (2013)

Baby on board: alcohol's hidden harm.

Of Substance; 11(3): 10-13

Fitzpatrick JP, Latimer J, Ferreira M, Martiniuk ALC, Peadon E, Carter M, Oscar J, Carter E, Kefford M, Shandley R, Yungabun H, Elliott EJ (2013)

Development of a reliable questionnaire to assist in the diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

BMC Pediatrics; 13: 33

Retrieved 7 March 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2431-13-33

Hayes L (2013)

Children of the grog.

: Hayes, L.

Jones HM, McKenzie A, Miers S, Russell E, Watkins RE, Payne JM, Hayes L, Carter M, D’Antoine H, Latimer J, Wilkins A, Mutch RC, Burns L, Fitzpatrick JP, Halliday J, O’Leary CM, Peadon E, Elliot EJ, Bower C (2013)

Involving consumers and the community in the development of a diagnostic instrument for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in Australia.

Health Research Policy and Systems; 11(26):

Mutch R, Watkins R, Jones H, Bower C (2013)

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: knowledge, attitudes and practice within the Western Australian justice system.

Perth, WA: Telethon Institute for Child Health Research

National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (2013)

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and training program for placement support workers in Tasmania: a pilot project.

Normanville, SA: National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

O'Leary C, Leonard H, Bourke J, D'Antoine H, Bartu A, Bower C (2013)

Intellectual disability: population-based estimates of the proportion attributable to maternal alcohol use disorder during pregnancy.

Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology; 55(3): 271–277

Parkinson S, McLean S (2013)

Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder in children: implications for judicial administration.

Journal of Judicial Administration; 22(3): 138-145

Watkins RE, Elliott EJ, Mutch RC, Latimer J, Wilkins A, Payne JM, Jones HM, Miers S, Peadon E, McKenzie A, D'Antoine HA, Russell E, Fitzpatrick J, O'Leary CM, Halliday J, Hayes L, Burns L, Carter M, Bower C (2013)

Health professionals' perceptions about the adoption of existing guidelines for the diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in Australia.

BMC Pediatrics; 12: 69

Retrieved 14 June 2012 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2431-12-69

Watkins RE, Elliott EJ, Halliday J, O'Leary CM, D'Antoine H, Russell E, Hayes L, Peadon E, Wilkins A, Jones HM, McKenzie A, Miers S, Burns L, Mutch RC, Payne JM, Fitzpatrick JP, Carter M, Latimer J, Bower C (2013)

A modified Delphi study of screening for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in Australia.

BMC Pediatrics; 13: 13

Retrieved 25 January 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2431-13-13

Watkins RE, Elliott EJ, Wilkins A, Mutch RC, Fitzpatrick JP, Payne JM, O'Leary CM, Jones HM, Latimer J, Hayes L, Halliday J, D'Antoine H, Miers S, Russell E, Burns L, McKenzie A, Peadon E, Carter M, Bower C (2013)

Recommendations from a consensus development workshop on the diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in Australia.

BMC Pediatrics; 13: 156

Retrieved 2 October 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2431-13-156

Watkins RE, Elliott EJ, Wilkins A, Mutch RC, Fitzpatrick JP, Payne JM, O'Leary CM, Jones HM, Latimer J (2013)

Alcohol and pregnancy and FASD research program: research program summary: development of a diagnostic instrument for Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Perth, WA: Alcohol, Pregnancy & FASD

This summary outlines a series of recommendations made as a result of the research project Development of a diagnostic instrument for Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in Australia. The summary includes information on:

  • recommended standard diagnostic categories and criteria for FASD.

The summary also provides information on how the research was done and what was found.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Wilkins A, Jones H, Watkins R, Mutch R, Bower C (2013)

Evaluation of information and support for parents and carers of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: final report January 2013.

Perth, WA: Telethon Institute for Child Health Research

Xu F, Bonello M, Burns L, Austin M-P, Li Z, Sullivan E (2013)

Hospital admissions for alcohol use disorders before, during, and after pregnancy: a study based on linked population data in New South Wales, Australia.

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research; 37(10): 1706–1712

2012

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

A picture of Australia's children 2012.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian National Preventive Health Agency (2012)

Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) submission: the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs, inquiry into Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): January 2012.

Canberra: Australian National Preventive Health Agency

Breen C, Burns L (2012)

Improving services to families affected by FASD: final report prepared for the Foundation of Alcohol Research and Education.

Sydney: Foundation of Alcohol Research and Education

Burns L, Elliott EJ, Black E, Breen C(Eds) (2012)

Fetal Alcohol Disorders in Australia: an update.

Canberra: Intergovernmental Committee of Drugs Working Party of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Callinan S, Room R (2012)

Alcohol consumption during pregnancy: results from the 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey.

Canberra: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

Kirby T (2012)

Blunting the legacy of alcohol abuse in Western Australia.

The Lancet; 379(9812): 207-208

Ramsay N (2012)

Clear message – no grog while pregnant.

Canberra: Newslines Radio

This audio clip discusses what drinking alcohol during a pregnancy means for an unborn baby and the effects it has on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. It includes comments made by:

  • Associate Professor Ted Wilkes
  • Scott Wilson, National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee
  • Anne Russell, Russell Family Foetal Alcohol Disorders Association and Training Connections Australia
  • Adele Gibson, Anyinginyi Health
  • Michelle Gray, Drug and Alcohol Office of Western Australia.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Facilities for children and young people with Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) (2012)

South Australian Department for Education and Child Development

This factsheet provides guidance for designing facilities and classroom environments to meet the complex needs of students with Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). It provides information on:

  • characteristics of students with FASD and learning difficulties
  • how to manage the classroom environment.

This resource is not Indigenous specific.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2011

Australian Human Rights Commission (2011)

Social justice report 2010.

Canberra: Australian Human Rights Commission

The Social justice report is the primary responsibility of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner. In the 2010 report the Commissioner reviews developments in the exercise of human rights by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the year July 2009 to July 2010.

The 2010 report comprises three chapters, each dealing in a different way with the common threads of 'relationship-building' and 'effective engagement'. In chapter 1 the Commissioner outlines his key priorities for his term as Social Justice Commissioner, before presenting an argument and framework for the implementation of the United Nations declaration on the rights of Indigenous peoples in Australia.

Chapter 2 is concerned with the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Australian community. The Commissioner proposes constitutional recognition as a significant way to make real and tangible changes for all Australians. Included in this chapter are recommendations for a successful referendum, specifically emphasising the importance of engagement and education.

Chapter 3 is a case study of recent successes in the Fitzroy Valley, including community-led alcohol restrictions, an innovation model of local governance and a local community project to address Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. How these successes in Fitzroy Valley can be applied to the wider delivery of government programs and services is considered.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Burns L, Black E, Powers JR, Loxton B, Elliot E, Shakeshaft A, Dunlop A (2011)

Geographical and maternal characteristics associated with alcohol use in pregnancy.

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research; 35(7): 1230-1237

Clark S (2011)

Health initiatives by Indigenous people in Australia.

The Lancet; 377(9783): 2066-2067

Drug and Alcohol Office (2011)

The Western Australian fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) prevention Aboriginal consultation forum 2010: strong spirit strong future - promoting healthy women and pregnancies.

Perth, WA: Drug and Alcohol Office, Western Australia

Drug Education Network (2011)

Living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: a guide for parents and caregivers.

Hobart: Drug Education Network

A general resource that provides a guide for parents and carers of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) including:

  • a description of the physical, cognitive and behavioural characteristics of FASD from infancy through to adolescence
  • approaches to screening and assessment
  • strategies for parenting, care and education of children with FASD
  • self-care and advocacy for parents and carers.

This resource is not Indigenous-specific.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Payne JM, France KE, Henley N, D'Antoine HA, Bartu AE, Mutch RC, Elliott EJ, Bower C (2011)

Paediatricians' knowledge, attitudes and practice following provision of educational resources about prevention of prenatal alcohol exposure and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health; 47(10): 704-710

Payne JM, France KE, Henley N, D'Antoine HA, Bartu AE, O'Leary CM, Elliott EJ, Bower C, Geelhoed E (2011)

RE-AIM evaluation of the Alcohol and Pregnancy Project: educational resources to inform health professionals about prenatal alcohol exposure and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Evaluation & the Health Professions; 34(1): 57-80

Rumbold A, Wild K, Maypilama EL, Kildea S, Boyle J, Barclay L (2011)

Equitable access to fetal anomaly screening: views of Aboriginal women in the Northern Territory and their health care providers.

Women and Birth; 24(Supplement 1): S17

Sayers S, Mott S, Singh G (2011)

Fetal growth restriction and 18-year growth and nutritional status: Aboriginal birth cohort 1987-2007.

American Journal of Human Biology; 23(3): 417-419

2010

Douglas H (2010)

Sentencing and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

France K, Henley N, Payne J, D'Antoine H, Bartu A, O'Leary C, Elliott E, Bower C (2010)

Health professionals addressing alcohol use with pregnant women in Western Australia: barriers and strategies for communication.

Substance Use & Misuse; 45(10): 1474-1490

The George Institute (2010)

Securing a better future for Indigenous children.

Global Health at the George; 17(June 2010): 1

2009

Coleman K, Tew K, Zhang X (2009)

Smoking and alcohol use during pregnancy in the Northern Territory.

The Chronicle; 13(2): 8-10

de Plevitz LR, Gould JS, Smith TM (2009)

Fetal alcohol syndrome and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Indigenous schoolchildren [letter].

Medical Journal of Australia; 190(5): 286-287

Milward K (2009)

Prevention of alcohol-related harms in Victoria's Koori communities.

Melbourne: DrugInfo Clearinghouse: Prevention Research Quarterly

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (2009)

Bridges and barriers: addressing Indigenous incarceration and health.

Canberra: Australian National Council on Drugs

Peadon E, Rhys-Jones B, Bower C, Elliott EJ (2009)

Systematic review of interventions for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

BMC Pediatrics; 9: 35

Retrieved 22 May 2009 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2431-9-35

Waples-Crowe P (2009)

Healthy pregnancies, healthy babies for Koori communities.

DrugInfo Newsletter; 7(3): 5

2008

Mundy J (2008)

The bottle and the baby: alcohol and the unborn child.

Of Substance; 6(2): 16-19

 
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