Prevention of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders must include maternal treatment

Lucy Burns, Courtney Breen and Adrian J Dunlop
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.00019
Published online: 21 April 2014

To the Editor: There is an increased focus on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in Australia with population prevention strategies and innovative work to improve detection and diagnosis of FASD, particularly in Indigenous communities.1 However, there has been insufficient focus on treatment for women with alcohol dependence, and this is where risk of harm is highest.

  • Lucy Burns1
  • Courtney Breen1
  • Adrian J Dunlop2

  • 1 National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Hunter New England Local Health District, NSW Health, Newcastle, NSW.



The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of NSW is supported by funding from the Australian Government. Courtney Breen has received funding from the Australian Government's Substance Misuse Prevention and Service Improvement Grants fund.

Competing interests:

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