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International FASD Awareness Day

9 Sep. 2019

9:09am on the 9th day of the 9th month is observed every year in recognition of the importance of being alcohol free for the nine months of a pregnancy.

FASD Awareness Day began in 1999, initiated by Bonnie Buxton, Brain Philcox and Teresa Kellerman. The first FASD Awareness Day attracted interest worldwide including; New Zealand, Australia (NOFASD), South Africa, Italy, Germany, Sweden, United States of America and Canada. NOFASD Australia is proud to have been involved since the beginning!

Community events to mark FASD Awareness Day now take place around the world. Each year increasing numbers of agencies around Australia recognise FASD Awareness Day – highlighting concerns about alcohol exposed pregnancies, raising awareness of FASD and acknowledging that alcohol-free pregnancy is a whole of community responsibility and not solely a women’s issue.

There is no known safe amount of alcohol which can be consumed during pregnancy and it is the responsibility of the whole community to support alcohol free pregnancies. Around the world, the month of September is recognised as FASD month to raise awareness about FASD and the importance of an alcohol free pregnancy. Community events to mark FASD Awareness Day provide opportunities to raise awareness about the risks of prenatal alcohol exposure, to support pregnant women and to share this prevention message around the world. NOFASD Australia has been involved in this campaign since the very beginning! 

Please click here to view FASD Webinars & Online Courses.

Please click here to view FASD Factsheets.

Please click here for the NOFASD FASD Awareness Day/Month Information Pack.

Please click here to view the NOFASD Australia website.