Australian studies indicate :
Continuing occurrence of FAS,with many children in foster care and many with an affected sibling suggesting missed opportunities for prevention (Elliot et al 2007)
A likely under-ascertainement of FAS due to a lack of knowledge among health professionals of the condition and criteria for its diagnosis (Payne et al 2005 ; Elliot et al 2006)
Higher rates of FAS in some Indigenous communities compared with non-Indigenous communities (Bower et al 2000 ; Harris & Bucens 2003 ; Elliot et el 2007)
An identified need for research into the association between low to moderate alcohol consumption and fetal harm (O’Leary et al 2007)
A lack of data on rates of ,and need for research into on,ARBD and ARND in Australia.