Launch of the Victorian Fetal Alcohol Service (VicFas)

Monash Children’s Hospital today launched the Victorian Fetal Alcohol Service (VicFAS), a 12 month pilot program funded by the Federal Government with the aim of building skills in the health service system to broaden Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) informed care.

International guest speaker Professor Dorothy Badry, from the University of Calgary, gave a speech to officially launch the program.

The VicFAS service encompasses a combination of a diagnostic clinic and broader medical community education about FASD to enhance the treatment of this condition throughout Victoria.

The VicFAS diagnostic clinic is held monthly over three days for referred children with significant developmental and behavioural problems, as well as a background of pre-natal alcohol exposure

Children in the VicFAS diagnostic clinic are assessed by the multi-disciplinary team who work with the child, their family and their school/kindergarten to identify the child’s strengths and weaknesses – findings are then discussed with families and teachers with a strong emphasis on practical ways to better understand and support the child within their community

The VicFAS team is multidisciplinary and includes a developmental paediatrician, paediatric neuropsychologist/clinical coordinator, paediatric speech therapist, paediatric occupational therapist and VicFAS service coordinator.

Pictured Left to Right: Dr Ali Crichton, Dr Katrina Harris, guest speaker Professor Dorothy Badry, Maria Kouspos, Prue Walker

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