NOFASARD is dedicated to supporting individuals and families living with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. As the community based peak body for FASD in Australia, NOFASARD has provided regular, high quality education sessions to parent/carer groups, service providers and the greater community since 1998 and training workshops since 2005. Drawing on evidence based and current resources on a range of issues relevant to FASD prevention and management, our training workshops are designed to provide professional awareness of the lifespan implications of fetal alcohol exposure, build the capacities of service providers to respond more effectively and appropriately to those living with a FASD and provide support to their care network. NOFASARD is mindful to support future prevention initiatives at a local, regional, state and national level.
FASD Education and training workshops can be specifically tailored to meet the needs of any interest organisation or forum within an available time frame and to enable an improved service delivery response to respective target groups. For example, a full day of training will typically begin by setting the context for understanding the influences on fetal alcohol exposure and FASD (including individual and societal values and beliefs) and be followed by an overview of FASD, the implications for individuals across the lifespan and the impact on service provider agencies. The sessions conclude with suggestions for improving strategies to support an enhanced quality of life for those living with a FASD. Discussion and active participation is encouraged.
Prevention barriers and potential solutions
FASDs - primary, secondary and tertiary outcomes
Strategies for change
Fact sheets on a range of related issues
NOFASARD will deliver education and training in workplace settings or other suitable venues across Australia. NOFASARD generally does not charge fees for education or training but asks for coverage of travel and accommodation costs and may request support for the printing of workshop materials. For more information email email@example.com
With funding kindly provided by FARE (Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education) NOFASARD with the support of a Reference Group to guide the project, is currently developing a train the trainer program for the child and family services sector aimed at building worker capacity to support those who care for children living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
The reference group is drawing on the expertise of service providers from Departments of Children and Families and includes Indigenous representation as well as organisations contracted to provide services to families, birth, adoptive and foster care parents; a clinical neuropsychologist; and a paediatrician for consultation and peer review. Once the training program content, facilitator notes, resources and evaluation tools have been developed, the project will be piloted in regional Tasmania. At its conclusion the program will be professionally evaluated with a view to its national applications. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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