Fo­rum to build Coast ac­tion plan

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS -

A COM­MU­NITY fo­rum on prob­lems caused by al­co­hol dur­ing preg­nancy is the next step in build­ing a stronger aware­ness and sup­port net­work on the Coast.

The Fe­tal Al­co­hol Spec­trum Dis­or­der (FASD) com­mu­nity fo­rum, at Venue 114, will seek ways to sup­port fam­i­lies im­pacted, and to raise aware­ness of the dan­gers of drink­ing while preg­nant.

Event or­gan­iser Chérie McGre­gor said the out­comes would be used to iden­tify pri­or­i­ties and de­velop an ac­tion plan to be im­ple­mented over two years.

Uni­ver­sity of the Sun­shine Coast Psy­chol­ogy Pro­fes­sor Mary Kat­siki­tis said the com­mu­nity needed to also know that greater sup­port than ever be­fore was avail­able.

“Fed­eral Govern­ment fund­ing has al­lowed us to work at di­ag­nos­ing chil­dren as early as three years old so they can be sup­ported be­fore they be­gin school,” she said.

The fo­rum will run from 8am-2.30pm on Septem­ber 3 at Venue 114 (formerly the Lake Kawana Com­mu­nity Cen­tre).

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