Research Fellow – University of Queensland, Child Health Research Centre
Natasha completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology that was focused on how to improve outcomes for children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Natasha is now a full-time research fellow at The University of Queensland, Child Health Research Centre. Her research is focused on all aspects of FASD including prevention, assessment, diagnosis and intervention.
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in Australia: What is the current state of affairs?
The term fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is used to describe a wide range of difficulties that individuals who are exposed to alcohol prenatally can face. FASD is a significant public health concern that is currently under-recognised and consequently, under-diagnosed in Australia. A new Commonwealth FASD Strategy (2018–2028) is being developed and the Australian Government has announced significant funding for the expansion of FASD prevention, diagnostic and intervention services around Australia. Therefore, it is timely to consider what the current state of affairs regarding FASD in Australia is and describe areas for future research and service delivery.