The Australian Government Department of Health is undertaking consultations to inform the development of the National FASD Strategy 2018– 2028.
The Strategy will provide a national approach for all levels of government, organisations and individuals on strategies that target the reduction of alcohol related harms relating to FASD, reducing the prevalence of FASD in Australia and provide advice and linkages on the support which is available for those affected by the disorder.
The objectives of the National FASD Strategy 2018 – 2028 are:
- strengthen efforts and address the whole-of-life impacts of FASD;
- address the whole-of-population issues;
- support collaborative cross sectoral approaches required to prevent FASD in Australia; and
- provide information and support those living with and affected by the disorder.
The Department has engaged Siggins Miller Consultants Pty Ltd (Siggins Miller) to undertake the development of the National FASD Strategywhich includes consultation with stakeholders and the development of a national strategy which provides a national holistic approach to reducing the prevalence of FASD; support Australians living with the disorder; guide the activities of individuals and communities as well as all levels of government, the public and research sectors, Not-For-Profit organisations which can adapted and implemented across Australia.
Siggins Miller is an experienced Australian consultancy company providing services for over 20 years in policy and program research, evaluation and management consultancy. The Siggins Miller project team is led by Professor Mel Miller (Director) and Mr James Miller (Senior Consultant).
As part of the consultation process, Siggins Miller will be conducting face-to-face strategy development workshops. There will also be other opportunities to provide feedback including through supplementary telephone interviews and written submissions.
The consultation period will run from 1st July, 2017 and conclude on the 1st September, 2017.
The workshops will be attended by with individuals and organisations working on FASD, individuals and organisations working with people affected by FASD, public health organisations and representatives of State and Territory Departments including: Health, Corrections and Juvenile Justice and Education and National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) Affiliates.
The workshops will be catered and run from 9:30am – 3:30pm. Face-to-face strategy development workshops will be held in and on:
Sydney: Tuesday, August 1, 2017.
Canberra: Thursday August 3, 2017.
Melbourne: Tuesday,August 8, 2017.
Hobart: Thursday, August 10, 2017.
Brisbane: Tuesday,August 15, 2017.
Cairns: Thursday, August 17, 2017.
Perth: Tuesday,August 22, 2017.
Broome: Thursday, August 24, 2017.
Darwin: Tuesday,August 29, 2017.
Alice Springs: Thursday, August 31, 2017.
Adelaide: Monday, September 4, 2017.
Exact addresses of venues are in the process of being finalised and will be communicated to all stakeholder by Siggins Miller in the coming weeks.
It should be noted that due to capacity of venues, spaces to attend the face-to-face strategy development workshops are limited in each location. Invited participants will also be responsible for any costs associated with attending the face-to-face workshop in each location.
Siggins Miller will be in contact with you by email in the coming weeks with an invitation for you to attend one of the face-to face strategy development workshops.
In the meantime, should you have any questionsabout the consultation and written submission process, please contact Siggins Millerby email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on: 1800 055 070.
Please note that the 1800 number provided is a message bank service in which you can leave your inquiry, a senior Siggins Miller staff member will endeavour to return your call within 72 hours.