Home' Tennant and District Times : 2015-0306 TDT Contents 2 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 6 MARCH 2015
THE Select Committee on Action to Prevent
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
report, ‘The Preventable Disability’ was ta-
bled in Parliament.
The inquiry researched far reaching effects of foetal
alcohol spectrum disorder on sufferers, carers and the
community across the Northern Territory.
The committee received 27 submissions and took
evidence from many hearings and public forums held
in Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs
I am very proud of Tennant Creek constituents who
presented evidence during formal hearings provid-
ing important research for the Committee including
nationally recognised Anyinginyi Health FASD
FASD harms the foetus denying alcohol affected
children opportunities they otherwise would have
also placing a significant burden on families, carers,
community, health services and the economy of the
FASD children require additional health services
and resources at school with cognitive impairment
of some FASD sufferers requiring high support
behavioural and emotional special needs often de-
nying the person capacity for independent living or
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy singularly
causes FASD and is completely avoidable, reflect-
ing the title, ‘The Preventable Disability’ with the
Northern Territory recording the highest rates of risky
alcohol consumption in the country and higher rate
of consumption than any OECD country.
Successive Governments over 40 years have tackled
the alcohol problem in the Northern Territory with
varying success and the report recommends evaluat-
ing what works for continuing to innovate and reduce
The report highlights improved alcohol manage-
ment, targeted education and awareness about risks
of consuming alcohol while pregnant and designated
family support services for parents and children.
The report recommends increased awareness of
sexual health and contraception especially vulnerable
young people for avoiding unwanted pregnancies.
The Committee made specific recommendations for
reducing harm of FASD including diagnostic services,
early maternal health services and early childhood
education and referral programs for pregnant women
including services targeting alcohol dependency,
training for health professionals and residential care.
The committee recognises implementing the rec-
ommendations will require significant Government
funding while acknowledging we cannot afford the
cost of inaction.
Government investment in comprehensive FASD
preventions now will deliver significant personal,
social and budget savings into the future while pro-
tecting our children and families.
I would like to thank the Minister for initiating the
inquiry, fellow committee members for their dedi-
cated Parliamentary research work and the people of
the Northern Territory demonstrating their commit-
ment in taking action to prevent FASD.
Government working with community can address
this preventable disability for future generations.
Member for Barkly
FASD report tabled in
the NT Parliament
BARKLY ELECTORATE OFFICE:
Phone 8962 4641. Email: email@example.com
Tennant Creek PlayGroup
Every Monday from 9.30am onwards
Senior Citizens Hall, 49 Haddock street
Every THURSDAY 10am
Tex’s Schnitzel House Eldorado Motel
$35 yearly Family Membership
$ 5 per visit per family
2 Free sessions to start
Check out facebook website for further events
All children must be accompanied and supervised by a parent/guardian at all times.
For details, contact
PO Box 834 TENNANT
CREEK NT 0860
Tennant Creek Playgroup
Benefits of playgroup...
There are many reasons why families join Playgroup. Playgroup
provides children with the opportunities to:
• Have fun
• Play with other children
• Interact with other adults
• Play with different toys and equipment
• Participate in activities they may not be able to do at home
• Develop motor, cognitive and social skills through play experiences
• Participate in group excursions
• Make the transition from home to the school environment easier
Parents and carers benefit from attending Playgroup too. You can:
• Enjoy playing with your child
• Watch your child’s development in different settings
• Enjoy a break from the isolation of being at home
• Make new friends
• Share parenting experiences and develop a support network
• Have fun too!
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