Webinar: “Caregiving, FASD, and Alcohol: Caring about FASD Prevention” – September 9, 2015

The Canadian Association of Pediatric Health Centres is hosting a free webinar on International FASD Day, September 9th, 2015.

Award-winning journalist and author, Ann Dowsett Johnston will discuss dismantling stigma and how to address an alcogenic culture that blames and shames the FASD community.

Dr. Dorothy Badry and Dr. Deb Goodman will discuss a practical set of tools and resources that will be useful to healthcare practitioners and caregivers. The Caregiver Curriculum on FASD and the website www.fasdchildwelfare.ca were developed in response to an identified need for training on FASD that was accessible and available to caregivers supporting individuals with this lifelong disability on a day to day basis.

The webinar will be held on September 9th from 11:00am-12:30pm EST. Click here for more information and to register.


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Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and the Developing Immune System

Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and the Developing Immune System

Author: Theresa W. Gauthier, M.D.

Most Americans are aware that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can injure the developing fetus. Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), with their developmental, cognitive, and behavioral consequences, probably are the best known dangers (Bakoyiannis et al. 2014; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] 2009). However, drinking during pregnancy also can disrupt other areas of fetal development besides the brain, including the developing immune system. Studies in humans and animals suggest that alcohol does, in fact, affect the developing immune system and leads to increased risk of infection and disease in infants exposed to alcohol in utero.

Alcohol’s effect on the developing immune system is apparent in infants born at term gestation, with studies showing that these babies are at increased risk of infection when exposed to alcohol in utero. However, premature infants are…

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We’re Hiring!

The NW FASD Network is looking for a Diagnostic Clinic Coordinator:

Job Overview 

Reporting to the FASD Network Coordinator, you work both independently and together with the Network Coordinator to develop relationships with key stakeholders involved in the delivery of FASD Assessment and Diagnostic Services. You will facilitate the development and training of multi-disciplinary team(s) for the purpose of providing FASD Assessment and Diagnostic services. You will provide coordination of the team including all necessary responsibilities related to the assessment and diagnostic process. This includes performing client’s intakes and coordinating client assessments with the clinic team.


Key Outcomes for this position include:

-Operation of Assessment Clinics within 3 areas of the Region (North, Central and South)

-Diagnostic and Assessment teams Identified for all 3 region areas. As well as determining the need for diagnostics throughout the region

-Ensures and establishes standards of diagnosis are met (Canadian Guidelines)

-Create an appropriate system of referral, (contact with clients on the wait list and follow up supports for Clients and Family Members)

-Build community Partnerships for Diagnostic clinics

For more information about the position and to apply please visit: https://jobs.cityofgp.com/en/js/viewjob.php?submit=Search&custompage=1&jobID=827


Binge drinking by young women raises future health risks

binge-drinking-alcohol-bar-tequila Reports suggest the percentage of young women binge drinking is approaching nearly one in four Canadian women between 20 and 34. (Vitalii Tiagunov/Shutterstock)

Episodes of heavy alcohol use could increase susceptibility to stroke, cancer

By Janet Davison, CBC NewsPosted: Aug 10, 2015 5:00 AM ET

Maddy Huggins would binge drink as a teenager and black out, just like other kids at her high school in Kelowna, B.C.

When she went backpacking during her gap year, there were more alcoholic overloads and “really risky” moments when something bad could have transpired.

“Nothing too terrible happened, but there was the potential for that,” says Huggins, 22, who’s just about to start fourth year at the University of Saskatchewan.

As she settled into university, however, Huggins did some serious thinking about alcohol in her life.

“It was just a gradual progression where I was like, ‘OK, enough of this.'”

These days, Huggins knows…

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