The Victorian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Special Interest Group (VIC FASD SIG) was established in 2017 to provide an opportunity for professionals, families and researchers to connect and collaborate to build capacity to prevent, diagnose, understand and respond to FASD in Victoria. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in Victoria with an interest in FASD.
The current Chair of the SIG is Dr Kerryn Bagley from the La Trobe Rural Health School, La Trobe University in Bendigo. Meeting coordinators are Prof Jane Haliday and Evi Muggli from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.
Meetings are usually held every 2 months, with additional meetings called as required.
Our Terms of Reference:
- To promote awareness and knowledge of FASD in Victoria and its service systems
- To share information about FASD initiatives in Victoria and Australia
- To identify priorities and develop capacity for FASD diagnostic and support services in Victoria
- To identify opportunities for collaborative FASD research
- To advocate for program and policy development in relation to FASD
- To be a network for professionals interested in FASD to promote their development, collaboration and opportunities.
- To support and initiate workforce education in FASD assessment, diagnosis, intervention and prevention
- To build on opportunities to minimise FASD-related harm in the broader community.