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New materials on prevention and diagnosis of FASD

13 October, 2017

New materials on prevention and diagnosis of FASD

The National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome-UK (NOFAS-UK) has launched new materials designed to increase awareness about the risk of prenatal exposure to alcohol.

The new materials, which are provided free of charge, include posters and a pre-release version of a booklet, which explains how to identify possible cases of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).  

The materials were launched yesterday (12 October) at the annual conference of the Royal College of GPs.

NOFAS-UK’s chief executive Sandra Butcher said that the materials have been aimed at GPs because they have heard from many GPs who believe they did not receive adequate education on this issue. However, midwives can also use the posters to promote awareness of drinking alcohol in pregnancy.

A recent NOFAS-UK/OnePoll survey polled 150 GPs that work in England. The poll found only 31% had in-depth education regarding FASD; 41% hadn’t received clear guidance regarding a pathway for diagnosis and support of FASD; and only 23% strongly agreed that they feel confident that all those with FASD are being diagnosed properly. 

The new materials will be available on the NOFAS-UK website from next week.

Further resources and training materials for midwives are also available on the NOFAS-UK website here.

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