Work­shops on FASD

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Education - Ali­cia Perera

■ 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.

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