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Understanding and Managing Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) – A guide for primary care

Duration of the course: 60 mins
Track: Clinical
Topics: Pregnancy

About The Course


Assisting clinicians to identify at risk pregnancies, what preventative measures can be taken and how to identify and care for children with FASD.
Duration: 60mins
Accrediation: This pre recorded webinar is eligible for self reported CPD points.

New research tells us that even small amounts of alcohol during pregnancy may carry a small risk to the unborn child. The more alcohol used, the greater the risk of causing Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), a form of global irreversible brain damage.

This course will assist doctors, nurses, midwifes and other clinicians caring for pregnant women to better understand FASD. In particular, it will assist clinicians to identify at risk pregnancies, what preventative measures can be taken and how to identify and care for children with FASD.

Perhaps more powerful than any other preventative advice you can give a future mum, is to discuss alcohol use.

New research indicates that there is now no such thing as “no risk” when it comes to drinking in pregnancy.  At risk drinking has the potential to lead to irreversible brain damage in the foteus, known as FASD.  This is a global brain injury that mainly affects the frontal lobe and cognition, potentially leading to multiple problems in the one person, such as ADHD, intellectual impairment, language delay and mental health diagnoses.

As a GP, it is likely that you may be caring for many children, and indeed adults, who have undiagnosed FASD.  Yet, early diagnosis and appropriate help can make a huge difference to a child’s early and adult life. 

This course features an in conversation interview by Dr Pete Silberberg (GP & Cape Institute Clinical Educator) and Dr Jackie Andrews, Community Paediatrician with the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD). Jackie has training in FASD assessment and diagnosis, and will assist you to become proficient in screening for FASD; understand the diagnostic criteria and process and identify what the appropriate treatments look like. 

What you will learn

At the completion of this webinar you will:

  • Be confident in screening for alcohol exposure during pregnancy or post birth.
  • Be confident in scoring a child’s risk for alcohol exposure.
  • Be confident in what developmental criteria to look for in children scored “at risk”.
  • Know what the potential longer term risks are for FASD children.
  • Know what treatments are likely to assist children and families.

Industry Standards

Completion of this webinar will support practices to address the following RACGP accreditation standards:

  • Core Standard 4

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Course Instructor

Dr Peter Silberberg
Dr Peter Silberberg Clinical Educator & GP

Peter is a GP who trained in the Northern Territory before moving to the North Coast of NSW in 2009. He currently works as a GP in a small coastal town and also an Aboriginal Medical Service. He has over 14 years experience in medical education, whether it be medical students, GP registrars or colleagues. Peter strives for engaging, transformative and enjoyable learning experiences and is a passionate educator.

Dr Jackie Andrews
Dr Jackie Andrews Paediatrician, NNSWLHD

Dr Jackie Andrews is a Community Paediatrician, Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD). She has a special interest in FASD and has undertaken training with Dr Doug Shelton and team at FASD Hub at Gold Coast.