The Alcohol Education & Rehabilitation Foundation (AER Foundation) announced yesterday that it is investing over $500,000 into seven projects across Australia to address FASD.

The projects include the development of Australia’s first screening and diagnostic service for FASD at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, New South Wales and a number of research studies on topics ranging from improving services for pregnant women dependent on alcohol to how how young people with FASD are treated by the criminal justice system in Western Australia.

A community poll released by the AER Foundation found that 80% of Australians believe consuming alcohol while pregnant can be harmful to the developing foetus and that less than half of women who have been pregnant recall having had a healthcare professional raise with them the harms associated with drinking alcohol (42%).

Read the media release here.

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