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National FASD Program

Overview

FARE received funding from the Australian Government Department of Health to develop and deliver the National Awareness Campaign for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Women (the Campaign) from July 2020 to September 2024.  

Launched in November 2021, the National Campaign 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 Campaign has four streams: 

  1. Stream 1: general public (visit the campaign website)
  2. Stream 2: priority groups including women at higher risk of  alcohol exposed pregnancies
  3. Stream 3: health professionals
  4. 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 Campaign’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 PSM
Central Coast Local Health DistrictMr Steve Ella 
University of Sydney Professor Elizabeth Elliott AM
Australian College of Midwives (ACM) Ms Kellie Wilton
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Dr Hester Wilson 
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians, and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) Immediate Past PresidentDr 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 Campaign 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 Aboriginal 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 Campaign. 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
  • Sarah Ward, National Health Campaign Manager     
  • Rosemary White, Senior Project Advisor 
  • Susan Hickson, Senior Health Promotion Advisor
  • Claire Margan, Senior Health Promotion Advisor
  • Carly Keene, Senior Health Promotion Advisor

Stay in touch

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