About the Alcohol use during pregnancy project

The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research Australia Centre for Research Excellence is a national research program that aims to reduce the effects of alcohol use during pregnancy by: supporting families to reduce or stop alcohol use in pregnancy; increasing awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; finding effective treatment; and improving access to services for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and their families.

Understanding the research priorities of different stakeholders in the area of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; will assist in informing future research and will ensure research undertaken is community relevant, which will, in turn facilitate interventions and policies that are relevant, useful and effective.

The aims of this project are to address this by:

  1. Conducting a survey to identify themes and topics of interest for future research considered important by community members including those who are/have been affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, specifically around two streams: 1. Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and 2. Diagnosis and treatment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  2. Analysing the results from the online survey to develop themes and topics that the community have identified as important to them
  3. Distributing a second online survey with the identified themes and topics from the initial survey to rank the order of importance – the top 30 themes and topics will be used to develop a list of research themes/topics to inform and be discussed, added to and prioritised at a consensus workshop
  4. Holding a one-day consensus workshop, informed by the above-mentioned list to develop ten community priorities for the Prevention and Diagnosis & Treatment streams that will be used to inform future research

For more information about being a part of this project please see the Participant Information Sheet here