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The International Charter on Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

 

The International Charter on Prevention of FASD has been published in The Lancet Global Health, one of the world’s most influential public-health journals.  The Charter – also known as the “Edmonton Charter” – was endorsed at the First International Conference on Prevention of FASD in September 2013.The Edmonton Charter was drafted by senior staff of the Institute of Health Economics, and reviewed and approved by a committee of global leaders in FASD and alcohol policy chaired by Dr. Kenneth Warren, Acting Director of the U.S National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The Charter summarizes the latest evidence presented at the conference, and calls for urgent global action to address the public health crisis of FASD.

Jonsson E, Salmon A, Warren KR. The international charter on prevention of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Lancet Glob Health 2014 March 1;2(3):e135-e137

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To down a copy of the charter you can visit the Institute of Health Economics Website:

http://www.ihe.ca/publications/the_international_charter_on_prevention_of_fetal_alcohol_spectrum_disorder

 

 

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Pregnancy Test Dispensers In Washroom

An interesting study in the Yukon around prevention of FASD.

Pregnancy test dispensers to be installed in two Whitehorse washrooms

Dispensers will be in women’s washrooms for study on reducing Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder

CBC NewsPosted: Mar 02, 2015 8:45 AM CT Last Updated: Mar 02, 2015 8:45 AM CT

Pregnancy tests will soon be available in two women’s washrooms in Whitehorse as part of a study on reducing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, says Mike McCann, the outgoing executive director of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society Yukon.

FASSY is funding the Whitehorse portion of the project, which is part of a two-year study led by the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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Pregnancy test dispensers similar to this one will be placed in two Whitehorse women’s washrooms before the end of March. (CBC)

The pregnancy test dispensers and more traditional posters aimed at awareness will have bar codes that can be scanned with a smartphone, says McCann.

“That will take you to a web page that allows…

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WRaP Newsletter

The Wellness Resiliency and Partnership (WRaP) Newsletter provides readers with opportunity to learn new strategies, information, and much more about FASD.

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The Wellness Resiliency and Partnership project supports Jr/Sr high school students who are diagnosed with an FASD across the Province of Alberta. To learn more you can visit their website.

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FASD Awareness Video- CTV Two & AGLC partnership

I am pleased to inform you that the first of the FASD Awareness videos AGLC has partnered with CTV Two to produce  started airing last week! The series of videos will be shown on Alberta Primetime and during shows such as: E Talk Anger Management Hot in Cleveland Shark Tank Flashpoint Motive CTV Sunday Movie The Marilyn Denis Show Comedy Now The series of videos will air throughout the year  and this on-air campaign is anticipated to reach a minimum of 4 million viewers (adults 18 +) or 2.5 million female viewers (18+). This video is the first one minute video in the series and is on the Science Behind FASD.

In this two-minute video, leading pediatrician Dr. Gail Andrew and Alberta Health’s Chief Addiction and Mental Health officer, Dr. Michael Trew discuss Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

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13th Annual Harm Reduction Conference

The 13th Alberta Harm Reduction conference (June 2&3), and satellite on pregnancy and substance use (June 1).

 The Harm Reduction conference website is www.albertaharmreduction.com

The call for abstracts and applications for scholarships can be accessed on the website. The deadline for both is February 9, 2015. All information, and forms, are available on this website.     

The day before the Harm Reduction conference is a one day satellite session entitled Pregnancy and Drug Use: Emerging Trends in Policy and Practice. Information is attached. Attendees can register for the satellite day ($100) or as part of the conference ($50). See below:

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FASD Feature Film screening

The NW FASD Network will be hosting a free showing of the feature film “Run, Broken yet Brave”

Run, Broken Yet Brave takes a courageous and long overdue look at a topic that has for too long been unspoken or misunderstood. FASD has such a heavy impact on so many lives, and yet is dealt with in a shameful, hidden manner. Tom Simes and his cast of amateur (but awesome) actors bring humanity, humour, and heart to this subject in this penetrating protrayal of FASD and it’s far reaching ramifications.

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Location: Community Social Development Department, 10030 102 Ave, Grande Prairie

Date: January 16th 2015

Time: 10:00am

Contact: Please contact Kim Sillito ksillito@cityofgp.com if you plan on attending or if you want more information.

Bring snacks if you wish! Hope to see you there!

Check out the trailer here

 

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6th International Conference on FASD

Research: Results and Relevance 2015

Integrating research, policy, and promising practice around the world

This conference continues to bring together experts from multiple disciplines to share international research. From pure science, to prevention, diagnosis and intervention across the life span, the conference will address the implications of this research and promote scientific/community collaboration. It provides an opportunity to enhance understanding of the relationships between knowledge and research and critical actions related to FASD. First held in 1987, the conference brings together people passionate about this work in a stimulating environment where they can learn and forge new partnerships.

Registration now open. Early bird registration deadline is January 30th, 2015.

http://interprofessional.ubc.ca/FASD2015/