National Drug Strategy
National Drug Strategy

Intergovernmental committee on Drugs working party on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Monograph

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Australia: An Update

June 2012

Appendix 1: Courses containing information about FASD

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Table 1. Accredited training courses that include information on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder*

Area Institution Campus State Title Level Description
MHNSW
Institute of
Psychiatry
Cumberland
Hospital (East
Campus)
NSWMental Health
(Infant)
Graduate
Diploma
The Graduate Diploma in Mental Health (Infant) provides theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for therapeutic work using a relationship based approach with infants, care givers and families in a variety of settings, and for roles in service and policy development and delivery.
MHNSW
Institute of
Psychiatry
Cumberland
Hospital (East
Campus)
NSWMental Health
(Infant)
(Clinical
Stream)
MasterThe Master of Mental Health (Child & Adolescent) (Clinical Stream) is designed to prepare students for positions of leadership in the area of child and adolescent mental health. Candidates follow the clinical stream in this program. The program emphasises independent study and enquiry and is structured to develop integrated theoretical and practical skills and competencies.
MHNSW
Institute of
Psychiatry
Cumberland
Hospital (East
Campus)
NSWMental Health
(Infant)
(Research
Stream)
MasterThe Master of Mental Health(Child & Adolescent) (Research Stream) is designed to prepare students for positions of leadership in the area of child and adolescent mental health. Candidates follow the clinical stream in this program. The program emphasises independent study and enquiry and is structured to develop integrated theoretical and practical skills and competencies
MHUniversity
of
Melbourne
Parkville
Campus
VICMental Health
Science (Infant
and Parent
Mental Health)
Graduate
Diploma
The Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Sciences (Infant and Parent Mental Health) is aimed at health care professionals working in the infant mental health field, who wish to develop their understanding and clinical skills in working with infants and parents or who are interested in participating in service development, delivery and evaluation. The course has been developed out of clinical teaching work of the Infant Mental Health Group at the Royal Children's Hospital and draws on the disciplines of psychiatry, developmental psychology and psychoanalysis for its theoretical basis.
MHUniversity
of
Melbourne
Parkville
Campus
VICInfant and
Parent Mental
Health (Course
work)
Master of
Health
Sciences
The Master of Health Sciences (Infant and Parent Mental Health) (Course work) provides clinically focussed training to equip clinicians with clinical and planning responsibility for the mental health of infants and their families. The enhancement of specific professional or vocational skills which may be undertaken by directed coursework, involving more than one third of the course undertaken by coursework.
AODUniversity
of South
Australia
Adelaide
Campus
SAAlcohol and
Other Drugs
(Specialty Area)
Graduate
Certificate
of Nursing
Bachelor's degree in nursing or equivalent; and Eligible to be licensed to practice as registered nurses/midwives in their own country or place of residence; and A minimum one-year of clinical experience as a registered nurse

Key:
No shading – unconfirmed at time of printing
Pink shading – includes information on FASD
Blue shading – may include information on FASD (assumption based on course content)
MH= mental health AOD= alcohol and other drugs
*Derived from NDETA See Chapter 8
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Table 2. Non-accredited courses that include information on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

AreaInstitutionCampusStateTitleDescription
AODCentre for Nursing &
Midwifery Education &
Research
Sydney CampusSAAlcohol, tobacco &other drug use in
Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding -
Clinical Focus
Provides up-to-date education for health professional and other workers who care for
women during their antenatal, birth and postnatal experience
AODCentre for Excellence in
Child and Family
Welfare
Flinders Medical
Centre
VICImpact of Substance use on FamiliesAim of Training
To develop participants’ knowledge of:
  • the impact of parental substance-use from pregnancy to adolescence
  • the context
in which problematic parental substance-use occurs
  • assessment of parenting
capacity
  • effective interventions with children and parents

Topics
  • the risks to children of parental substance use from pregnancy through to
adolescence
  • assessment of parenting including the impact of various drugs
  • engaging parents as partners in a process of change • therapeutic services for substance-dependent parents and their children
  • working collaboratively with other
service providers to improve outcomes for children and parents

Learning Outcomes
  • improved assessment of parenting capacity and substance-use
  • strategies to engage parents in a process of change
  • strategies to reduce worker stress and improve safety
  • designing and implementing child-focused interventions to reduce risk and improve children’s resilience and outcomes
AODDrugs and Alcohol
Office (Next Step
Specialist Drug and
Alcohol Services)
DAOWATalking about alcohol use with women
before and during pregnancy
Alcohol use before and during pregnancy can have permanent major physical,
intellectual and psychosocial effects on children and families. It is preventable and
there is a clear opportunity for the health and social services workforce to make a
difference. The evidence consistently supports the role of health professionals in
providing information, advice and support to assist women to reduce risk. Raising the
issue with all women including Aboriginal women, brief intervention and brief
motivational interviewing techniques will be explored in this workshop.
AODDrugs and Alcohol
Office (Next Step
Specialist Drug and
Alcohol Services)
DAOWAAnalysing child risk within the AOD
sector - Introduction to models of
assessment for workers engaging with
substance using parents
Sound risk assessment is an essential component in assisting practitioners to explore
more explicitly with families what needs to change if children are to be kept safe and
healthy. It enables workers and families to identify help and services needed to
support family strengths and welfare needs, and assists in the development and
maintenance of supportive parenting plans.
This session will provide an introduction to various models of family assessment to
support improved assessment of child risk and potential for harm
AODDrugs and Alcohol
Office (Next Step
Specialist Drug and
Alcohol Services)
DAOWAHow to better support parenting skills with
drug using clients
The impact of an alcohol or other drug problem on the parenting role can be
significant. This one-day event will provide workers with the information and tools to
better explore the issues, understand and support parent clients. The session will also
offer strategies for the clinician aimed at enhancing confidence, and improving
clinical effectiveness when engaging these families.
AOD/MHCentre for Nursing &
Midwifery Education &
Research
Flinders Medical
Centre
SAEmergency Mental Health, Alcohol &
Drugs
This course was developed by Mental Health & Emergency staff from Flinders
Medical Centre and the School of Nursing & Midwifery Flinders University,
supported by The Centre for Nursing & Midwifery Education & Research and funded
by the SA Department of Health. The course covers emergency issues relating to the
assessment and management of clients with Mental Health / Alcohol / Drugs /Comorbidity
issues who present to emergency services in crisis and participants include
a mixture of staff disciplines and services. The course has a practical & interactive
focus with scenario-based teaching, role-plays & discussion. All participants receive a CD-ROM or hardcopy of pre-course readings and an interactive CD with workbook
for flexible learning. Further resources & relevant articles & information are provided
each day.

Key:
No shading – unconfirmed at time of printing
Pink shading – includes information on FASD
Blue shading – may include information on FASD (assumption based on course content)
MH= mental health AOD= alcohol and other drugs
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Table 3. Psychology courses that include information on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

AreaInstitutionCampusStateTitleLevelDescription
MHMonash
University
Caulfield CampusVICPsychology in Clinical
Neuropsychology
DoctorThe Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology prepares psychology graduates for
academic/research and professional careers by providing advanced training in both research and the skills required for practice in clinical neuropsychology. It consists of a combination of
coursework, supervised practical experience and a major research component culminating in a
thesis of about 70,000 words. A feature of the course is that training in clinical
neuropsychology is extended through specialisation in a choice of areas, including
rehabilitation, child and adolescent neuropsychology, geriatric neuropsychology, psychiatric
neuropsychology and forensic psychology. Clinical neuropsychology is a field which applies an
understanding of the neural basis of cognition, behaviour and emotion to the assessment and
treatment of adults and children with neurological disorders.
MHMonash
University
Clayton CampusVICPsychology in Clinical
Neuropsychology
DoctorThe Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology prepares psychology graduates for
academic/research and professional careers by providing advanced training in both research and the skills required for practice in clinical neuropsychology. It consists of a combination of
coursework, supervised practical experience and a major research component culminating in a
thesis of about 70,000 words. A feature of the course is that training in clinical
neuropsychology is extended through specialisation in a choice of areas, including
rehabilitation, child and adolescent neuropsychology, geriatric neuropsychology, psychiatric
neuropsychology and forensic psychology. Clinical neuropsychology is a field which applies an
understanding of the neural basis of cognition, behaviour and emotion to the assessment and
treatment of adults and children with neurological disorders.
MHSwinburne
University of
Technology
Hawthorn CampusVICPsychology (Clinical
Psychology)
DoctorThis Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) combines intensive high-level research
training with training in the professional skills of clinical psychology. Clinical psychology is a
specialisation focusing on psychopathology and the assessment and treatment of clinical
disorders across the life span. Students will develop advanced knowledge/skills and experience
in psychopathology, assessment and therapeutic interventions for adults and children suffering
from clinical disorders.
MHSwinburne
University of
Technology
Hawthorn CampusVICClinical PsychologyGraduate
Diploma of
Science
Clinical psychology is a specialisation focusing on psychopathology and the assessment and
treatment of adults and children who are suffering from clinical disorders. This Graduate
Diploma of Science (Clinical Psychology) is designed to meet the need for professional
psychologists to re-specialise in clinical psychology. An admission requirement for the
program is completion in the past five years of master or doctoral level training in professional
psychology (e.g. counselling, health, clinical neuropsychology, forensic).
MHSwinburne
University of
Technology
Hawthorn CampusVICPsychology (Clinical
Psychology)
MasterClinical psychology is a specialisation focusing on psychopathology and the assessment and
treatment of clinical disorders across the life-span. This Master of Psychology (Clinical
Psychology) provides high-level training in psychopathology, assessment and therapeutic
interventions for adults and children suffering from clinical disorders.

Key:
No shading – unconfirmed at time of printing
Pink shading – includes information on FASD
Blue shading – may include information on FASD (assumption based on course content)
MH= mental health
AOD= alcohol and other drugs
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