Always a hot topic in the media, FASD and the justice system has been featured in several news articles around the globe this month.
"System Failing Offenders with Alcohol-Related Brain Disability - Judge"
Following the recent Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Conference in Brisbane, Australia, the New Zealand Herald published an article titled "System failing offenders with alcohol-related brain disability - judge"
Back in September, we posted a follow-up on the Consensus Development Conference on Legal Issues of FASD. In that post, we mentioned that the conference organizers were in the process of finalizing the consensus document and would share it with us once completed so that we could distribute it to our readers.
That time is here! The Institute of Health Economics sent us the finalized document yesterday along with a link for a complete video library of all of the presentations from the conference.
An article in last week’s Calgary Herald describes new Alberta initiatives to spread the message of preventing FASD.
The reporter indicates that as many as 36,000 Albertans may live with the incurable but manageable disability. The focus for the government is to promote prevention by demonstrating what a woman’s support network can do to help. In total, it is suspected that there are currently 450 new cases of FASD each year that could be prevented if women are assisted in making choices healthy for their growing babies.
In advance of the first Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) conference in Brisbane this week (Nov 19-20, 2013), Crikey has posted an interview with advice for journalists covering FASD from Associate Professor Jane Latimer from the George Institute for Global Health. It's worth checking out as this advice is relevant for pretty much everyone who talks about or thinks about or writes about FASD.