Report on alcohol's hidden harms

New report on alcohol’s hidden harms

The Federal House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs has released a report on developing a national approach to the prevention, intervention and management of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in Australia. The report noted a number of recommendations, which include:

  • The development of a national plan of action on FASD, overseen by a reference group
  • A report after 5 years after the plan of action’s implementation on the progress towards eliminating FASD in Australia
  • Greater awareness across the health professions and the general public that not drinking during pregnancy is the safest option
  • Specific support and strategies for Indigenous communities
  • Health warning labels for alcoholic beverages
  • Further research into the price and availability of alcohol and the influence of these factors in changing alcohol consumption patterns across age groups and gender
  • Further research into the impacts and appropriateness of current alcohol marketing strategies directed at young people
  • The development of educational material to raise awareness of FASD
  • Improve access for people with FASD to support services and diversionary laws

Full report: House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs 2012 FASD: the hidden harm: inquiry into the prevention, diagnosis and management of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, [PDF: 1.69MB]