National FASD Program

Overview

FARE received funding from the Australian Government Department of Health to develop and deliver the National Program from July 2020 to September 2024.  

Launching in November this year, the National Program aims to:  

  • increase Australians’ awareness of the risks associated with alcohol consumption during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, including FASD
  • increase the proportion of Australians who are aware that alcohol should not be consumed during pregnancy and that is it safest not to drink alcohol when breastfeeding
  • increase the proportion of Australian women who intend to not drink any alcohol during pregnancy and when breastfeeding

The National Program has four streams:  

Stream 1: general public 
Stream 2: priority groups including women at higher risk of alcohol exposed pregnancies  
Stream 3: health professionals  
Stream 4: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 

Steering Committee

The role of the Steering Committee is to provide oversight and expertise during the National Program’s development and implementation.   

The members of the Steering Committee are:   

Organisation 

Representing 

National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (NOFASD) 

Ms Louise Gray 

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (NACCHO) 

Ms Dawn Casey 

Nunyara Aboriginal Health Unit, NSW Central Coast 

Mr Steve Ella 

University of Sydney 

Professor Elizabeth Elliott 

Australian College of Midwives (ACM) 

Kellie Wilton

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) 

Dr Hester Wilson 

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians, and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) 

Dr Vijay Roach 

George Institute for Global Health 

Professor Simone Pettigrew 

Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) 

Ms Tanya Hosch, Board Director

Ms Caterina Giorgi, Chief Executive Officer  

Ms Sarah Ward, National Campaign Manager 

National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (NOFASD)

NOFASD Australia is leading Stream 2 of the National Program and will develop and disseminate a suite of prevention and awareness resources specifically tailored to priority groups. 

These resources will aim to:   

  • Increase awareness and understanding of the campaign messages among priority groups.   
  • Increase knowledge of the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy among priority groups.   
  • Strengthen behavioural intentions of women in the priority groups to not consume alcohol or reduce alcohol consumption during pregnancy.   

NOFASD will also provide advice and feedback to FARE on the content and resources produced for the general public stream (Stream 1).  

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

Led by the National Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), the focus of Stream 4 is to raise awareness among regional and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities of the impacts of alcohol use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

To achieve this NACCHO will collaborate with its member organisations and partners to:

  • Produce and distribute culturally appropriate resources
  • Design and deliver innovative health promotion programs
  • Undertake community development projects

NACCHO will also provide advice and feedback to FARE on the content and resources produced for Stream 1, and consult with NOFASD on the content and resources produced for Stream 2.

Meet the team

FARE has appointed a passionate and experienced team to coordinate the development and implementation of the National Program. We look forward to working collaboratively with colleagues across the country to deliver this incredibly important piece of work. 

  • Caterina Giorgi, Chief Executive Officer
  • Joanna Le, Projects and Partnerships Director
  • Kamara Buchanan, Senior Project Advisor
  • Sarah Ward, National Health Campaign Manager     
  • Rosemary White, Senior Project Advisor 
  • Andrea Gledhill, Health Projects Lead
  • Susan Hickson, Senior Health Promotion Advisor

Stay in touch

Keep up to date about the National Program by signing up to our stakeholder newsletter. 

Want to know what we’ve been doing – read our latest newsletter here.

You can also contact the National Program team at: 

Phone: 02 61228600 

Email: nationalcampaign@fare.org.au