Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes can cause irreversible damage to your unborn child. Alcohol can cause damage to the unborn child at any stage of the mother’s pregnancy. The unborn babies cannot develop properly and can be born with serious and deformities and mental complications.

This disorder is still under study, however a child who is affected by FASD may suffer the following issues and complications:

  • Learning difficulties
  • Physical deformity, facial abnormalities
  • Behavioural issues (Impulsiveness)
  • Difficulty relating actions to consequences
  • Difficulty maintaining social relationships
  • Low attention/hyperactivity/or ADHD
  • Loss of memory
  • Developmental delays
  • Major organ damage

FASD is referred to as the ‘invisible disability’ as it often goes undetected, overlooked or ignored. It is extremely important to teach communities, children and young families about the serious harm that alcohol, drugs and cigarettes can have on your unborn children. FASD is the only disease that is 100% preventable, and affects 1 in 8 children in the Northern Territory. There is no known cure, but there is prevention. We want babies to be born strong and healthy and for them to get the very best start, especially from when they are inside the womb.

IHHP Projects and resources on FASD

IHHP Broome – Stand Up 

Indigenous Hip Hop Projects and stakeholders from the entire Broome community banded together to bring you this song about FASD. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a problem the effects all communities, and the deadly youth from Broome have tackled this subject amazingly in their song ‘Stand Up’.  IHHP team Michael, Dallas, Terra, Tina, Mandy and Tim took on the challenge with passion and serious concern, to create awareness about this disorder.

IHHP – Batchelor – Raise Awareness FASD

IHHP in partnership with Batchelor Area School and the Batchelor Institute, wrote this deadly song about FASD. The students, with help from IHHP, have written a song to help raise awareness about Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. FASD is the only disease that is 100% preventable, and affects 1 in 8 children in NT. Though there is a need for more studies in to this disease, it is something that we as a community can help prevent.

IHHP Tennant Creek -Alcohol It effects your babies- Strong Baby Strong Life

IHHP help youth from Tennant Creek to write and record over two days. This project was done in collaboration with talented students from Tennant Creek High School and the Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation- FASD Project Public Health Unit