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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in Primary Care

Thu 6th February @ 6:30 pm


Sydney North Health Network (SNHN) invites local GPs, Nurses, Pharmacists, Allied Health Professionals and their staff to this workshop. FASD is the leading preventable cause of learning disability worldwide. The Child Development Service (CDS) team at RNSH, will provide information, advice and resources regarding FASD. This will include how to recognise and manage FASD in primary care, having the difficult conversation with parents and approaches to reducing stigma. You will also meet other key support services and hear how they can help you and your patients.

6.30pm – 7.00pm Registration and dinner

7.00pm – 9.00pm Workshop

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Thu 6th February

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Roseville Golf Club 4 Links Ave, Roseville 2069

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This education is a 4-point CPD Activity under the RACGP CPD Program, activity number 190518


CON PAPADOPOULOS | Snr Staff Specialist Paediatrician, Director, Child Development Service, RNSH

Con is a senior paediatrician working in both NSLHD and SESLHD. He is the Director of the Child Development Service at RNSH which is a tertiary referral centre for children with very significant developmental disorders across the NSLHD.

KIM BARRY | Social Worker, NSLHD

Kim is a senior social worker at the Child Development Service at RNSH. She has extensive experience across specialised and general paediatric settings and has taken a lead role in supporting clinicians help young children with FASD.

LIZ CONNELLAN | Clinical Psychologist, NSLHD

Liz is a Clinical Psychologist, who has specialised in the field of child development throughout her career. She has worked in a variety of public and private settings assessing and supporting  families and children with developmental delays/disorders, intellectual disability and/ or Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has worked in the field for 25 years,  and on the RNSH  Child Development Service (CDS) for almost 20 years. Recently, she has specialised in Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) assessment and support and is an integral part of the specialised team for FASD at the RNSH CDS.

LIZ WINDON | Substance Use In Pregnancy and Parenting Service (SUPPS)

Liz has worked for NSW Health since graduating in 2004. She has worked in a number of LHDs in Sydney, both in the community and in hospitals. Liz has primarily worked in the area of Women’s, Children’s and Family Health and specifically in clinical areas relating to child protection. Liz has had many years’ experience working in the area of Substance Use in Pregnancy. Liz believes that the key to this work is working collaboratively with other clinicians and Family and Community service colleagues. Liz looks forward to presenting the innovative work that SUPPS is doing and working alongside the PHN.

MICHELLE POVAH | Coordinator, Family Referral Service 

Michelle Povah has worked for over 14 years specialising in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service from Forensic Adolescent inpatient to Community work.  Michelle specialised in working within the field of ADHD, ASD, ODD and attachment disorders.   Michelle moved to Australia in 2011 and then worked within a Family Support Program moving into managing the Family Referral Service in 2016.  Michelle is a Board Member of Manly Women’s Resource Centre and is the Chairperson of the Northern Beaches Child and Family Interagency.

VICKI LAING | RN, Registered Midwife & Child & Family Health (CFH) Nurse

Following her initial career as a Midwife & then as a Nurse Educator, Vicki has gained extensive experience as a Child & Family Health Nurse working in a variety of CFH settings. As a consequence of her special interest in perinatal infant & maternal mental health & her commitment to promoting children’s emotional & physical health & wellbeing, Vicki has developed a deep understanding of the impact of complex psychosocial vulnerabilities on mental & physical health throughout the lifespan, along with advanced CFH nursing expertise & clinical practice.


GPs, Practice Nurses, Pharmacists, Allied Health Professionals and their staff practising within the Sydney North Health Network region

  • Analyse common misconceptions about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
  • Outline the importance of pre-pregnancy education and avoiding alcohol use in pregnancy
  • Identify the multidisciplinary approach needed to diagnose FASD
  • Recognise and manage developmental concerns in the child’s early years
No cost for GPs, Nurses, Pharmacists, Allied Health Professionals and their staff practising within the SNHN region


Judy or Robi, Education Coordinators – 9432 8250 or events@snhn.org.au.


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