Workshops on FASD
■ Local healthcare workers attended the Telethon Kids Institute’s training sessions on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in the Pilbara last week.
Nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and others attended the workshops in Karratha on Thursday and Roebourne on Friday.
Paediatrician and FASD researcher Dr James Fitzpatrick talked about how to diagnose FASD and ongoing concerns surrounding the disorder.
“Australia has an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, and FASD shows the worst of its consequences,” he told the group.
Neuropsychologist Dr Carmela Pestell spoke about the psychological effects of FASD, Libby Danckert gave a speech pathologist’s perspective and occupational therapist Kim Sheather explained the physical difficulties people with FASD experienced.
Dr Fitzpatrick said it was great to see some health services active in the Pilbara, such as the WA Country Health Service and Wirraka Maya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation, starting targeted strategies to address FASD specifically.
“I really congratulate the Pilbara communities for starting to focus on FASD,” he said.