Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) submission: The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs, Inquiry into Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) January 2012

Latest update: 24 February 2012

Printable version of Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) submission: The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs, Inquiry into Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) January 2012 (PDF 111 KB)

The Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) welcomes the Inquiry into Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs, and acknowledges the need to develop a national approach to the prevention, intervention and management of FASD in Australia.

ANPHA also notes reports previously tabled by the Senate’s Select Committee on Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities1 that highlight the Committee’s deep concern about the reported prevalence of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders in regional and remote (and many other) communities; and express the need for governments across Australia to give greater recognition to the issue of FASD in the formulation of health, education and justice policies2 .

Whilst the current Inquiry’s terms of reference cover prevention strategies, intervention needs and management issues, in its submission to the Committee, ANPHA will address the issue of FASD prevention.


1 Commonwealth of Australia 2008, The Senate Select Committee on Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities First Report 2008, Third Report 2009 & Final Report 2010. Available at http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/indig_ctte/index.htm. Accessed on 12 December 2011.
2 Commonwealth of Australia 2010, The Senate Select Committee on Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities Final Report 2010. Available at http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/indig_ctte/index.htm . Accessed on 12 December 2011.

 | TOC | next page