National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (NOFASD)
NOFASD’s vision is the prevention of alcohol exposed pregnancies in Australia / globally and an improved quality of life for those affected by FASD including those living with FASD and their parents and caregivers.
The National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, NOFASD Australia, is family-focused and provides the essential bridge linking those with lived experience with researchers and clinicians. As the national peak body for parents, caregivers and individuals affected by FASD, the organisation was founded by Sue Miers AO more than 20 years ago.
NOFASD provides a helpline 7 days per week and a carefully curated website. NOFASD are a strong and effective voice for individuals and families living with FASD, while supporting initiatives across Australia to promote prevention, diagnosis, intervention and management.
What is FASD?
FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) is a diagnostic term for severe neurodevelopmental impairments (you may see these as difficulties with physical activities, language, memory, learning and behaviour) that result from brain damage caused by alcohol exposure before birth.
FASD is a lifelong disability. Individuals with FASD will experience differing degrees of challenges in their daily living, and often need support with motor skills, physical health, learning, memory, attention, communication, emotional regulation, and social skills to reach their full potential. Each individual with FASD is unique and has areas of both strengths and challenges.
FASD is a hidden physical brain-based disability which often goes unrecognised for many years, and is frequently misdiagnosed, a missed diagnosis and/or a co-occurring diagnosis. FASD is thought to affect between 2 and 5% of the Australian population…this makes FASD more prevalent than Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida and Down Syndrome COMBINED, and yet, due to the stigma around alcohol-exposed pregnancies, this lifelong disability remains ‘unseen’ and misunderstood.
Alcohol can cause damage to the unborn child at any time during pregnancy, even before a pregnancy has been confirmed. The level of harm is dependent on a wide range of factors, making it impossible to predict the outcome of alcohol exposure to any individual pregnancy. Factors include the amount and frequency of alcohol use, parent age and health of the mother (nutrition, tobacco use, mental health) and environmental factors such as stress.
How does Minpac Logistics support NOFASD Australia?
Minpac Logistics supports NOFASD Australia aims to increase public knowledge and awareness of FASD. Minpac Logistics supports NOFASD to provide support to individuals and families affected by FASD. Will you join us to help NOFASD achieve their mission to improve the quality of life for families and individuals affected by FASD? You can find out more here https://www.nofasd.org.au/alcohol-and-pregnancy/what-is-fasd/
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